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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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7 Ways to Save Money on Tours

If you’re thinking of travelling round the world, or looking for your next big adventure, then the chances are you’ve got your head down and you’re saving hard to achieve your dream. “Look after those pennies”, your parents bellow, “and the — all together now — pounds will look after themselves!”

Thanks mum. Thanks dad. And off you totter to work.

So you’re working hard to save them, but how do you make sure you make the most of every last penny, and save money on your next adventure?

Of course, if you don’t ask, you don’t get, so when you’re next in one of our branches, make sure you drop these top money saving tips into the conversation, and see if there are any ways to shave a few quid off the bill, so you can make the most of your savings.

Pink Piggy Bank On Top Of A Pile Of One Dollar Bills

This little piggy went to market. This little piggy went to STA Travel. | Photo by kenteegardin

Eager to find out how to save money on tours with STA Travel? This way Budgeteers…
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High Five…Thailand!

From the absolute madness of Bangkok to the serenity of the island beaches, Thailand will be the catalyst for a majority of your most unforgettable travelling adventures.

Home to 68.1 million of the most friendly people you’ll ever meet (it isn’t called the ‘Land of smiles’ for nothing), sun drenched beaches, thick jungles, scenic beauty and a melting pot of rich culture, Thailand has sooooo much to offer and won’t disappoint.

It’s also a foodie’s paradise; just make sure you branch out from pad thai and green curry. So what would be on my Thailand bucket list….
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20 Packing List Essentials

Have you ever stared at your empty backpack, with the contents of your bedroom strewn around you like a crazy person had just rocked up, pushed your door down and rifled through the contents of your wardrobe?

Yep… me too.

That’s why I asked our lovely Facebook community to tell us which items they absolutely couldn’t live without when travelling.

Then I whittled these down, put their suggestions together with some of my own, and voilà! I give you — in no particular order — my Top 20 Packing List Essentials (you know it’s gonna be good with all those capital letters).

Get ready to say goodbye to packing stress, and say hello to a featherweight backpack, full of stuff you actually need.
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Ask the Experts: How to make the most of Japan?

This week our panel of experts walked into a real corker! They’ve been tested by a great question about one of the world’s most enigmatic destinations.

Remember, if you want to pose a question to our experts, drop them an email and you might see your question answered by the panellists in the coming months!

First up, let’s roll out this week’s question from blog reader, Grant Smith…

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