As if football fever wasn’t enough, now us Brits are getting all in a tizzy over the tennis too. Wimbledon 2014 is in full swing (geddit?) and to save (ha!) you from the blues when it’s all over, we’re serving you up a nice handy list of ace exotic places to escape to for the summer. We promise you’ll love them (ok that’s enough).
But these aren’t just any old destinations, they’re the hometowns of five of this year’s biggest tennis stars, so if you really can’t get enough of Wimbledon 2014, you can just jet off and check out where the likes of Serena Williams held their first tennis rackets…
Today’s blog post comes from Nick Chesterton, a Round the World Expert in our Manchester branch.
Don’t you wish you could find somewhere new and exciting to visit? Somewhere none of your mates have been to, where you can try new activities, eat and drink food from around the world and meet strange and wonderful people.. can this magical place really exist? Of course it can – it’s the good old US of A!
We’re not talking shopping in New York or having photos with that smiley mouse in Florida, or even snapping the celebs in California – although we don’t deny that those are pretty fun things to do. We’re talking getting off the beaten track, picking a city on the map and just exploring! America is the fourth largest country in the world and with almost 60 national parks dotted around there is plenty to choose from if want to get out and about in the wilderness.
Ever since I first saw the glittering lights of the Las Vegas Strip, I’ve raved enthusiastically to anyone who’ll listen about America’s so-called ‘Sin City’. Despite being too young to drink or gamble during that first two-week visit, I wasn’t bored for a second. Who can be bored with the sights of Paris, Venice and Hollywood on your doorstep (in hotel form)?
There’s definitely more to the city than casinos and themed hotels, but that glitzy, buzzing Vegas of the movies – filled with slot machines, nightclubs, champagne and limos - is absolutely real. And it’s what makes the place so incredibly exciting to be in.
So if you’ve never seen it, add it to your hit list now. It’s hard to believe that a city famous for legalised gambling – something that’s so not a big deal for us Brits – could be packed full of fun, culture and seriously nice holiday hot spots. No wonder it’s the stag party capital of the world! Here’s our handy beginner’s guide to Las Vegas…
Everybody wants to pay as little as humanly possible for their trip. Why waste cash on expensive flights when you could spend it on, you know, actually travelling? But how can you make sure you’re getting the best deal? Fear not, we’re about to give you a few handy hints and insider info that could help you save a bundle on your next trip.
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.