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Shakedown, San Francisco

This week’s Shakedown shines a spotlight on the capital of Californian creativity, San Francisco. Expect a healthy blend of historic and hysteric, as we walk the streets of the city that were forged by the Gold Rush in the mid-19th century.

San Francisco is perhaps most famous for its hills, having been built upon no less than forty-three of them, and for having some of the most clearly defined neighbourhoods in urban history. The Italians occupy North Beach; The Haight (Haight and Ashbury) is the hippy hangout; The Castro is the gay district; Japantown and Chinatown hold their own; while the Mission District is where you’ll find the Latino flavour.

San Francisco: The Miniature City, by MINIMUS

Look out for street fairs and festivals throughout the year, which are a great way to get among the communities which dovetail San Francisco, and make it such a vibrant city.

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Ask the Experts: Coast ‘n’ Calcutta

This week, Emma from London challenges our experts to come up with a solution for her forthcoming trip to India.

If you would like to pose a question to our expert panellists, email social [at] statravel [dot] co [dot] uk, and they could pick your question for a future Ask the Experts.

Thanks to Emma for this week’s question, it’s over to the experts!
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10 Budget Bites in California

Travelling through California is one of the world’s greatest road trips. Aside from San Francisco and Los Angeles, and the intricate details which make these cities so unique, the state also welcomes almost 35 million visitors annually to its 25 national parks, including Yosemite, Death Valley, and the Mojave Desert.

So how do you fuel a road trip through California? With food, glorious food, of course. Gnom gnom gnom.

And what do you think of when you think of American food? Well, let’s just say it probably isn’t salad. So this week I’ve sniffed out some of California’s most-revered food, and served it up to you, right here on the STA Travel Blog in full-fat, gut-busting glory.

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High Five… South Pacific

This week, we’re giving a High Five to the South Pacific region, in particular the nucleus of many round the world trips: Fiji.

On one hand, it’s one of the world’s most romantic island nations. On the other, it’s a thrill-seeker’s paradise, with a colourful pallet of unbridled adventure.

From the rush of white-water rafting to the more relaxed pace of bamboo rafts; meanwhile the islands’ rainforests offer fantastic hiking and mountain biking; while offshore, immerse yourself in the realm of the mesmerising manta ray.

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Local’s Tips for Visiting Melbourne [Video]

Melbourne is one of the world’s most vibrant cities. I had the pleasure of living there for six months during a recent Working Holiday in Australia, so it doesn’t take long for me to succumb to the temptation to talk about life in and around the city.

This time, however, I threw it open to you.

A few weeks ago, I asked the STA Travel Facebook community to submit questions to three of STA Travel’s resident Melbournians: Gretel, Natalie, and Hien, about life in their home-town.

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