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New Zealand travel insurance: Here’s what you need to know

If you’re just about to jet off to New Zealand, we’ll openly admit to feeling envious. It’s a lush, exciting, friendly place with great food and plenty of things to do. From taking a ride in an aerobatic plane to swimming with dolphins, sharing the beach with penguins (we’re not joking - Google it) ... Read more

Ten French habits you should adopt before the year is out

Euro 2016 is almost upon us, and the football tournament of the year will be kicking off with France v Romania on Friday, June 10.  We'll openly admit to being fascinated by the French. Their language is heart-stoppingly beautiful, their food is delicious, and the coffee's far better than the bland ... Read more

Foreign Travel Insurance: Caution and Common Sense for Holidays in Brazil

Brazil’s popularity as a holiday destination continues to grow rapidly, as the hosts of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics, and record numbers of tourists have visited over the past 10 years. From golden sands to stunning lagoons and mountain forests, even a casual walk out of the cities will ... Read more

The top ten things you won't miss if you go abroad this Christmas

If you're going away this Christmas, we're jealous. Very jealous. However. we wholeheartedly applaud your decision to pack up, ship out and spend Christmas Day with a cocktail in your hands and the sand gently warming your toes. Travel is one of the best ways to spend your heard-earned cash. At lea... Read more

Chikungunya virus: What you need to know

There has been an outbreak of the Chikungunya virus in the Caribbean. The mosquito-borne virus, which has no preventative vaccine, was reported for the first time in December 2013 in Saint Martin. It is now prevalent throughout the islands, including areas such as Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, S... Read more

How to manage your workload before going on holiday

You may love your job - you may hate your job. You may be even be entirely ambivalent about it. But whichever way you look at it, you've got to keep things ticking over while you're on your holiday - and that can lead to some stressful times in the office before you leave. We're a team that loves t... Read more

Holiday insurance for over 65s: What you need to know

It’s amazing how travel improves as you get older. Suddenly, you’re not in such a hurry to run from place to place; you can take your time and really relish the sights. This is your opportunity to get to know the country you’re visiting – and why not? Life’s too short to miss anything; why not enjoy... 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

The best holiday insurance for families: What you need to know

Going away as a family is the last word in relaxation; you’re all together, doing what you love, and enjoying some quality time. It’s a time of year you can all look forward to - ice cream, sandcastles and the sea are waiting for you. Maybe a friendly dolphin will pop by to say hello? Well, you neve... Read more

5 essential first aid tips you should know before going on holiday

Holidays are a time for rest and relaxation, but would you know what to do if something went wrong? Here are five key pieces of advice that you should know before you leave for your summer holidays; make sure that you're familiar with them. They could end up saving a life. 1. Know how to call an amb... Read more

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