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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

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

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

Greece is listed as a top 10 destination for Brits to visit this year according to 2014 ABTA Travel Trends, and with cosmopolitan islands and great value for money, it’s as clear as the waters surrounding it why. From the dazzling cultural beauty of Spartan ruins to spectacular white sand beaches an... 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

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

What does your luggage say about you?

Whenever we travel, most of us like to take a few steps to give our fellow holidaymakers a favourable impression of the Brit Abroad: buying new clothes, learning some key local phrases, dropping a few pounds or keeping the kids in check. No one wants to be that family or couple that everyone steers ... Read more

The holiday essentials that infuriate your partner

We all like to believe that we’re talented at packing for our holidays – and that, as adults, we know what we need to take away with us. If we want to stuff some packets of Cheddars into our shoes or bring along twelve paperbacks, so help us, we will. However, is your terrible packing sending your ... Read more

Staying safe in your holiday accommodation

So, you've just arrived at the hotel, and the pool is beckoning. It's time to relax and get stuck into that book you've been attempting to read for the past six months.However, before you charge out to top up your tan, read these hints and tips on keeping your room secure and your belongings safe.• ... Read more

Do star signs influence insurance claims?

Comparing over 20,000 customers’ dates of birth and the claims they made, data analysts at Columbus Direct found that Taurus, Aries and Gemini are the three signs most likely to make a claim on their travel insurance – and that usually-adventurous Sagittarians are the least likely to make a claim.Wh... Read more

Part one of the complete guide to driving Route 66

It's a dream for so many people: travelling along the fabled Route 66 in a Mustang convertible, the sun setting, the mountains casting dreamy shadows over the dusty prairies and gentle country music providing the perfect soundtrack to this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Or something like that. A re... Read more

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