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Ask the Experts: Best Spots for an Asia Virgin?

Welcome back to the lair of the Experts; a beehive of diverse opinions, spiced with facts, hints and tips for you and your journeys. Each week, we get together with three of our branch staff to deliberate a question from an STA Travel Blog reader.

This week, we were faced with a real eyebrow-raiser, as Sue from Romford revealed her travel ambitions and laid down the gauntlet for our Experts.

As always, if you’d like some help planning your next big trips, email our Experts a question and you could find it featured in an upcoming feature, right here on the STA Travel Blog!

Remember, this feature isn’t all about what we think; we want you to share your own ideas in the comment thread below the post!

So without further ado, please welcome Sue to the spotlight, with this week’s question…
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Inside Tips for Planning a Round the World Trip

Planning a round the world trip can be a mind-bogglingly complicated process, and that’s coming from us, the experts. The reason for this, is mostly down to the individual nature of travel, and that there are just so many glorious choices!

Whenever I’ve planned a round the world trip — or even a regional series — I’ve thought of it like a path of dominoes. Take your time to line them up; one by one; positioned precisely beside each other. You daren’t breathe until everything… is… just… so.

Then a cat leaps through an open window, blasting your masterplan into dozens of sorry pieces.

Planning a RTW trip can be a painstaking process | Photo by RKHawaii

That clumsy cat could play the part of many different elements that can uproot even the best laid plans. A knowing wink. A smoking engine. A telephone call.

With this is mind, I visited our STA Travel store in Clapham, to get the lowdown from the source, by asking the team what they believe to be the key considerations when planning a round the world trip. As always, they didn’t disappoint. Here’s an overview of the key considerations they planted down.

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High Five… Europe

Ah Europe, the birthplace of Western Culture, home of the coolest fashions, extraordinary architecture, breathtaking scenery, calorie-filled fantastic food and some of the world’s most romantic cities… is there anything Europe can’t offer?

This continent will inject you with a hit of culture that goes straight to the veins, and leave you wanting more and more and more and… yeah you get it.

I’ve been given the almost impossible task of choosing 5 must see, must do, must experience activities in Europe. Jeez, where do I begin…
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Roam Cambodia & Vietnam

I was chatting with STA Travel Canterbury’s Hayley Davies recently, about a tour we offer over in Indochina, called Roam Cambodia & Vietnam. In fact, back up, I lied.

To say, “I was chatting with Hayley” is grossly misleading, because in all honesty, she did all the talking. I just stood there and paddled my brain in the surf of her inspiration. Although she hasn’t done the complete trip, she’s certainly done a large chunk of it, and her insights makes for some fascinating reading.

I’ll leave it to Hayley to walk you through her experience on the tour, but don’t forget to encourage her via the comment thread below, with some ideas of your own, for when she revisits the region some time in the near future!
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Shakedown, Buenos Aires

This week, we’re shaking down South America’s sassiest city: ‘the Paris of the South’, Buenos Aires.

Known affectionately by many a traveller as simply ‘B.A.’, its original name was actually ‘La Ciudad de la Santísima Trinidad y Puerto de Santa María del Buen Aire’, or, ‘City of the Most Holy Trinity and Port of Saint Mary of the Fair Winds’.

…But ‘B.A’. will probably do.

Home to the sensual Argentine Tango, the world’s juiciest bife de lomo steak, and the most famous football match in the world – the superclásico – this is a city that will stay with you long after you’ve left.

We’ll be talking you through the must-see attractions of the city; how to get from A to B (Or B to A… geddit?); where to go for the best steak in town, and where to head to once you’ve had enough of the city.
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