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For most of us a little rain is a fact of life and us Brits have learned to live with it whether at home or on holiday. We certainly wouldn't have considered that a bit of a drenching while we're on holiday could actually have a benefit to our bank account. That's exactly what one resort owner has offered on Australia's Sunshine Coast. The unseasonably wet weather there has led the Noosa International Resort to offer visitors a partial refund if it rains 5mm or more during their visit.

Britain has been suffering with extreme wet weather of late and Queensland has had the same fate it seems. The area has seen a downturn in resort bookings thanks to four cyclones and floods as well cooler temperatures. In a bid to buck the trend the Director of the Noosa International Resort has instigated a campaign offering 20 per cent refund off the cost of guests'

stay if rainfall goes above 5mm during their holiday. The campaign was launched just over a week ago and appears to have had the desired result with a rise in bookings already.

In Noosa guests can enjoy the Noosa National Park and all its wildlife or for those who like things even wilder there is ample opportunity for scuba diving on the coast. The area is also known as one the best locations in the world for kite surfing.

The excessive rain might be out of character for Noosa but some places have learned to live with a plethora of precipitation. Just where the rainiest place on earth is though is a subject that is hotly debated and contested.

One spot claiming this title is Cherrapunji in India. The area in Meghalaya, India, gets an average soaking of 1,265cm a year. This compares to Britain's average of around 500cm a year. The town is famed for its 'living bridges'

which have certainly helped locals get around. Trees form tangled roots which protrude from the earth and seemingly form bridges across the many streams and rivers.

Nearby Mawsynram also battles for the title of the wettest place on earth as it too experiences similar levels of rain. Elsewhere on the planet, Colombia too has its fair share of spots wanting to claim the dubious title of rainiest place on earth. Lloró and Lopez del Micay both claim to be the most rain-soaked places on the planet. Whether one of the many claimants to the top spot will ever be proved undeniably victorious remains to be seen but one thing is certain - any one of these holiday wet spots is a great place to start an umbrella shop.

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