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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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England: Meet Your Match

Unless you’ve been living in a crisp packet, you’ll know that we’re officially in the midst of football fever. Our boys are over in sunny Brazil doing us proud (well, trying to) and we’re here in the not-very-summery-but-at-least-it’s-not-raining-today UK wishing we were with them. It’s all very well watching the football in a beer garden but who wouldn’t rather be in warmer climes right now? So we thought we’d take a peek at England’s first three challengers: Uruguay, Costa Rica and Italy. We might be in battle with their football teams right now, but boy are these some awesome places to visit.

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Doha in a Day or Two

Here at STA Travel Towers we’ve been getting all dreamy eyed over Qatar Airways‘ cheap flights to, well, practically everywhere. We couldn’t quite decide which of their 125 destinations we’d most love to jet off to – Dubai, Bangkok, Goa, Perth – so we settled for Doha, the airline’s base where most flights stop off on the way elsewhere. Naturally we put on our research hats and started uncovering the best things to do in Qatar’s capital city, so even if you’re not heading there for a holiday, you can maximise your stopover and cram in all the good bits.

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Shakedown, Lima

When people think of Peru they inevitably picture Machu Picchu – it’s hard not to. The World Heritage Site attracts thousands of tourists every year through the Ancient Inca Capital of Cuzco. Yet it’s the sprawling city of Lima that holds the title of Peru’s official capital. So what’s the deal with Lima?

Lima’s had a bit of a bad rep among the typical traveller crowd. For Peru’s capital city, it’s often overlooked by tourists heading to Machu Picchu, seeing it as a foggy, grey, transport hub. Well, in some ways they’re right. Lima lacks the scenic backdrops of Arequipa and the Inca heritage of Cuzco; being a far more urban metropolis, covered for most of the year in a blanket of fog.

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Get off the Beaten Track and Discover the Europe Less Travelled

This blog comes from Rachel Skillen, one of our fantastic Student Travel Ambassadors from The University of Sheffield. 

Just a few miles from some of the biggest tourist hot spots in Europe, you’ll find a select few places far more peaceful, more beautiful and more impressive than the landmarks you’ve read about in guidebooks. These little gems are less crowded and cheaper than the mainstream attractions, so here are a few sights you should definitely try and visit during your travels this summer.

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