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Just so you know, the FCO is not directory enquiries

Recent enquiries received by Foreign & Commonwealth Office staff in Spain include a request for Phil Collins’ telephone number, and a man reportedly asked staff to contact his dominatrix after she had left him stranded at the airport The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is attempting to remind ... Read more

Keep your holiday off social media if you want your insurance claims to stand up

You might think it's fun to brag about your upcoming holiday on Facebook, but it could do more harm than good if you need to claim on your home insurance. If your post pictures, allow your page to revel your location or mention the dates that you'll be away, your payout may be refused. You may not k... Read more

Passenger reunited with luggage 20 years after losing it

Most of us would give up on lost luggage if a few weeks went by with no word - so imagine one passenger's surprise when she was reunited with her lost suitcase two decades later. Maria Dellos, an art shop owner from Arizona, was called by a Transportation Security Administration agent who told her ... Read more

Top five facts about Christopher Columbus

We thought we’d have some fun and find out more about our namesake - so here are our top five facts about Christopher Columbus: 1) Christopher Columbus was actually Italian – born in Genoa in 1451 (although he always wrote in Spanish).  However, some believe he was born on the island of Corsica, whi... Read more

Christmas Markets Shop till you drop

Get into the Christmas spirit with a trip to one of Europe’s Christmas Markets. Choose from glühwein in Berlin, a quick waltz around Salzburg or a guaranteed blanket of snow in pretty, medieval Tallinn. Or for a stay that’s closer to home, why not plan a festive break to one of the UK’s Christmas ma... Read more

Ten ways to keep your home secure during your summer holiday

It's easy to get caught up in the hype and excitement when you're preparing for your summer holiday - but don't forget that a home left unattended for a week can draw the attentions of burglars. Here's how to lock up properly and make sure that your home is as secure as possible. 1) The best course ... Read more

Digging deep: The ten best cemeteries around the world

You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you dance with the reaper. Well, that’s what Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey taught us - and what better way to remember your mortality than while you're on holiday? We’ve compiled a list of the best and most awe-inspiring cemeteries... Read more

Cheat’s Guide to Seville: How to make the most of your Spanish break

Proud, colourful and exuberant, Seville is the ultimate city break for people wanting to discover ‘authentic’ Spain. As Spain’s fourth-largest city, you’d expect Madrid or Barcelona to dwarf Seville in comparison - and this simply isn’t the case. The 71,000 people who call Seville home have ensured ... Read more

The insider’s guide to discovering Barcelona on a budget

City breaks don’t get much better than a trip to Barcelona. It’s one of Spain’s most enchanting seaside cities; a mix of great food, wonderful architecture, fabulous places to enjoy a beer in the evening and world-class shopping. However, there’s more to this much-loved city than its fabled streets.... Read more

Barcelona on a budget

City breaks don’t get much better than a trip to Barcelona. It’s one of Spain’s most enchanting seaside cities; a mix of great food, wonderful architecture, fabulous places to enjoy a beer in the evening and world-class shopping. However, there’s more to this much-loved city than its fabled streets.... Read more