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6 Totally Awesome USA Festivals Worth Road Tripping For

Getting off the beaten track and seeking out new and authentic experiences is a familiar travel style in Asia, South America and more traditionally “adventurous” destinations. But what about the good old US of A? Outside the metropolises of New York and LA and the brilliant but oft-visited attractions of Graceland and the Grand Canyon, there’s a whole host of fantastic experiences that are worth throwing away that internal flight ticket for.

In fact, it’s a much better idea to jump in a campervan and head out onto the open road, and seek out adventure in the wide open (are rather diverse and stunning) US landscape.

These off-beat festivals may be a little “out there” in more ways than one, but they’re a wonderful opportunity to see a side of American life that may otherwise fly by as you fly through.

Image courtesy of BLM Nevada on Flickr.

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12 Super Travel Deals to Make Summer 2014 the Best Yet!

There are so many reasons to celebrate right now. First and foremost being because summer is just round the corner, eeeek! And number two, we have so many amazing travel deals to help you get out there and make the most of the best time of the year, that you literally will not know what to do with yourself.

Rather handy then, that I’ve taken the liberty of searching out our 12 best summer travel deals and packaging them up all lovely and neatly for you in this one blog post.

These offers are 12 absolute crackers that will all enhance your summer to legendary status. All you need to do is pick one (and work out what to spend your giant saving on…)

Sailing deals in Europe

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Where to find our favourite food in Vietnam

We love Vietnam, and we love its amazing array of food. The aromas that hit you wandering around any town or city there are enough to make you salivate on the spot. With so many scrumptious tastes and flavours, it’s hard to know where to go to get the best of the best.

To help us decide, we asked Jules and Stephen from Vietnamese restaurant chain Pho to tell us about some of their favourite street food in Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi.

Jules and Stephen first visited Vietnam 10 years ago, and fell in love with the food. They loved it so much, in fact, that they decided to come back to London and set about opening their own Vietnamese restaurant. They opened their first Pho restaurant in London in 2005, and the rest, as they say, is history.

So they’re pretty well placed to take you through the finest street food that Hanoi’s Old Quarter has to offer. Here, Jules provides a run down of her and Stephen’s favourite food and where to get it. Get ready to let your taste buds be tantalised.

Find out the best place to tuck into a steaming bowl of Pho Bo

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Why giving everything up to go travelling, was the best decision I ever made

Saxon Yuen is currently in Penang, Malaysia. 6 months ago, he gave up a job he loved on the STA Travel UK marketing team to follow his dream of making a living travelling and making films about travelling. He’s here to tell us how he made it happen, and why he has no regrets.

Leaving your job, home and life as you know it could turn out to be either an inspired jump into the unknown that really pays off or completely insane (or maybe a bit of both). I’ve just done it, and right now, I couldn’t really tell you which it is. Maybe after reading this, you can decide for yourself and let me know.

Image courtesy of Rat & Dragon Ltd.

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Why I Volunteer: Helping Communities in South Africa

Jenny Ayre is a Travel Expert working in our Cheltenham store and a few weeks ago she, and other Travel Experts from our other stores in the UK, we’re sent on a trip to South Africa to visit some of the many volunteering projects we support in the country – all in the name of research of course! Now, she’s back and below is her blog, all about her amazing experience and why she believes volunteering is so important.

When I found out STA Travel was sending myself an a few other Travel Experts to South Africa to see some of the amazing volunteer projects we sell and support there, to say I was excited is a understatement.

On our first day we met Candi and Toby, who run the volunteer projects. They took us out to a vineyard for a picnic watching the sunset, absolutely beautiful, and almost instantly, we were all starting to fall in love with Cape Town.

One of Jenny's volunteering group with a child who lives at Jones Safe House.

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