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Ten weird and wonderful facts about Japanese culture

The Japanese culture can be frustrating for some, and fascinating for many, depending on the experiences we encounter in this conservative but highly modernised nation. The degree of cultural differences also varies based on your country of origin, but it is still interesting to know these facets no... Read more

Top 5 Columbus Day Celebrations

It’s Columbus Day on October 12th and Christopher Columbus’ crossing of the Atlantic is celebrated in many cultures and in many forms. The explorer’s heritage means you can immerse yourself in Italian culture in San Francisco’s 145th Italian Heritage Parade, or you can dance Salsa all week in the to... Read more

Eight unusual wine making regions around the world

Think wine and, most of us anyway, immediately think of the major wine producing countries such as France, Spain and Italy. Those who think of themselves as modern connoisseurs may think Australia, America and Chile. The fact is that there are very few countries who don't produce wine now, and they ... Read more

10 of the best Summer Music Festivals from Around the World

Now that summer has finally arrived it's time to dig out the flip flops, slap on the factor 30 and make your way to the highlight of the summer; music festivals. These can be found across the globe and are the ultimate feel good summer events, and today we look at the first 8 festivals you can enjoy... Read more

16 of the most remote and beautiful places you can visit: Part 2

Welcome to the second part of our blog looking at the most remote and beautiful places on the planet. Some of these exotic locations seem to be places that time and progress simply forgot, or at the very least, they've been left behind. Much of their beauty comes from their isolation, and those wh... Read more

Travel vaccinations - are you prepared?

Going on holiday is an exciting event, but it necessitates a lot of advance planning. First there's booking the time off work, then you'll need to locate the passports. Next, there's arranging airport transfers, getting medical travel insurance and buying your holiday essentials. That's not to menti... Read more

Five festival gadgets you need this summer

Music festivals offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy a weekend of inhibition-losing - a time to let your hair down, get muddy and have fun with the people and bands you love. The fact that we spend hundreds of pounds to sleep in makeshift shelters, cook on small fires and sit on the floor listenin... Read more

Top Ski Destinations

Top Ten European Resorts Despite the decline in the overall number of British skiers visiting France, French ski resorts remained the most popular in Europe for 2010/2011 (Ski Horizon) Resort Name Ski Lifts Season Start Season End Adults 6 Day Lift Pass * Morzine 67 Dec Apr 15... Read more

Search & Rescue Infographic

If you suffer an injury on the slopes you may need to be airlifted to the local hospital and, in cases of serious injury, you may need to be repatriated home. The cost of repatriation will always be at your expense, fortunately travel insurance is there to pick up this bill. Repatriation cover co... Read more

Avalanche Dangers

Avalanches are a way of life in the mountains. There are many risk factors but, if you take note of some sensible pointers, you will have minimised any risk as much as you possibly can. Avalanches occur because snow is deposited in successive layers during the winter and then, subsequently, one lay... Read more

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