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12 weird facts about Commonwealth countries

The Commonwealth games have come and gone for another 4 years and what a show it was (the dancing teacakes specifically – we’re still hungry). If you looked at the medal table and saw a travel checklist never fear, we’ve pulled together 12 weird and wonderful facts about the lesser known member states of the Commonwealth, as well as some of the big boys.

Africa? Düsseldorf?

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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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All good in the hood: Lisbon’s must-see neighbourhoods

Europe‘s pretty amazing isn’t it? With so many incredible places to visit around the world – and there are loads - it’s easy to forget that some of the most beautiful, historic cities are just an hour or two away from us. And the best thing about that is, you can pop over for a long weekend without breaking the bank – hurrah!

So when Yorva Tsi – Student Ambassador at London Metropolitan University – got back from Lisbon recently, she hooked us up with her top tips on seeing this incredible European gem. Take it away, Yorva!

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