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Your weekly roundup of the hottest travel links across the net:

1. One of the great pleasures of overseas travel is discovering all the little quirks and oddities that to the locals are simply a natural part of life. Even countries that share huge similarities in culture, language and food still possess eccentric traits that are often only noticed by the highly observant or long-term traveler. This post presents 10 little-known facts about the UK that are both surprising and hilarious.

2. Do you have a favorite haunt that only you and your friends know about? Perhaps it’s a perfectly deserted beach, an awesome coffee shop or a hidden beer garden…places that might lose their magic if everyone knew about them? This article about the secrets of a travel blogger discusses the interesting dilemma of whether or not to share such hidden gems with readers.

3. No matter how well prepared you are, things can go wrong when you travel – the critical thing is what you do when you find yourself in those situations. This post about how to avoid being screwed over when you travel, discusses everything from avoiding scams to coming up with an exit strategy before you enter a risky scenario.