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Shakedown, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil‘s been in the spotlight this week for all the wrong reasons; losing 7-1 to Germany on their own turf has gotta hurt. But it’s the turf that we’re more interested in here, not the football – this is a travel website after all.

Commonly known as just Rio, the exciting Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil with a population of 6.4 million (though it’s not the capital, pub quiz fans). Famed for its breathtaking views, chilled beach culture and annual carnival, Rio’s a must-see hotspot for travellers with a hunger for partying and beautiful vistas. Can’t ask for more really, can you?

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America: “I’ve Been Everywhere”

Today’s blog comes from Jade Edwards, a Travel Expert in our Manchester store. 

Over the past few years I have seen and explored more than my fair share of America and my state count is getting closer to completion, “from California to New York Island”!

If, like me (and my pal Johnny Cash), you’ve ventured far and wide throughout the States and been ‘everywhere’, you may think another America trip will just consist of returning to the same awesome places you’ve been before. However, if you’re looking for an All American experience that goes a little deeper, or even if you’ve never ventured to the States and want a trip that’s a little difference, then I have a few recommendations and tips from my most recent trip in May that could help you out.

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5 places to go if you can’t get enough of Wimbledon

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…

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Diving with Manta Rays, living the dream!

Today’s blog comes from Chris Newnham, Assistant Manager in our Reading store. 

It’s hard to think of Fiji without imagining those beautiful blue skies and blue seas. In May 2014, a select (read: seriously lucky) group of STA Travel Experts got whisked away to Fiji to experience the amazing South Pacific island for ourselves, and our second day there was definitely one to write home about.

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Down and Out in Denver? Up and at ‘em, More Like

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.

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