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The ten strangest items ever seized at customs

If you've ever been caught trying to smuggle a large bottle of perfume or a smelly foodstuff through customs and you've been caught, you'll probably remember the shame. The look in the official's eyes as they found your contraband item. The embarrassment you felt as it was consigned to the bin.Howev... Read more

Catching British nationals out abroad

FCO encourages people to be better prepared by researching the local laws and customs of their holiday destination before travel. Every year British nationals risk getting caught out by local laws and customs when travelling overseas.  From driving a dirty car in Russia, to wearing camouflage cloth... Read more

Know before you go

In June this year, 28 British and Irish holidaymakers enjoying a night at a Brit-owned bar in Portugal were arrested for playing bingo – in line with the country’s strict laws on unlicensed gambling.  Even though they were playing for the prize of biscuits and drinks rather than cash prizes, the l... Read more

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

Solo female travellers: Making your trip safe and memorable

If you're a woman who's chosen to travel alone, it can be one of the most fulfilling, rewarding and exciting things you'll ever do. Sorting out backpacker insurance, drawing up an itinerary and choosing a destination is exciting, but it is vital to remember that whether you're away for a week or fo... Read more

How the new airport security measures may impact your travel plans

The opportunity to travel is one of life's greatest luxuries. We all want to feel secure when travelling and are used to adopting new rules if it means we can fly in safety. The US government's latest announcement, however,  has caused some confusion. It rules that airport passengers must be able to... Read more

Dealing with one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year

The summer holidays are in full swing and as we approach the tail-end of July and August, you and the kids may well be flocking to your nearest airport to head abroad for a week or two.ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) estimates that 2 million UK travellers will head overseas on the last w... Read more

Aussie travel insurers reveal their strangest requests

They say that truth is stranger than fiction, and these Aussie insurers appear to have upped the bar with these hair-raising claims. Allianz Global Assistance, who insure Australians and New Zealanders, have revealed their weirdest-ever claims. This list will make you look differently at activities... Read more

Moving abroad? Make sure that you learn about your destination

If you're considering moving abroad for a new life, this applies to you. A life abroad spent toasting early retirement on the beach might sound heavenly, but there's so much you should consider before you move abroad. Will your pension be able to support you, and will your savings be enough? Will y... Read more

Six travel mistakes that could cost you your holiday

Everyone occasionally makes the odd mistake - but this lot take the biscuit. Travelling is the best time to let your hair down and experience a certain degree of freedom; but it doesn't mean that you're above the law the minute you leave the country.. It's still important to respect your surroundin... Read more

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