There’s no getting around the fact that winter is finally upon us. Once the temperature is cooler and the days become shorter, we find ourselves turning from the pleasures of summer to the comforts which will keep the chill at bay. As soon as the temperature drops, there is something a lot less appealing about light summer meals. Instead, we replace them with heavy, warming foods like stews, pies and roast dinners. Hot Drinks We do the same with our hot drinks. The lemonades and ice teas don’t seem very appealing when the cold arrives,...

After you arrive at your destination airport, if you valet checked a carry bag, wait for it on the boarding bridge or by the plane if there is no boarding bridge. Do not enter the terminal until you receive your gate checked bag. If your bag, which you personally tagged, is not returned to you, inform the gate agent who meets the plane or if one is not available, alert the flight attendant. Otherwise, your bag will go to the concerned authority and you must retrieve it there. If you did not put a tag on your bag, this is the moment when...

5 Online Travel Scams & How To Avoid Them For as long as the internet has existed, scammers have been trying to unlawfully take money from unsuspecting users. Online scams exist in pretty much every industry. So, whether you’re wanting to buy clothing, a car or even booking a holiday, there’s probably a scam loitering in the background. Everyone will have heard of some of the big online scams in recent years, even if it is hard to believe their success. The Nigerian Prince email scam is almost certainly one of the best documented....

Singapore is one of the best places to spend Christmas with kids, as it offers a range of fun activities with a flavor of the festive spirit. There are a number of things to do with kids in Singapore if you are visiting with your family this Christmas. Here’s our list of the best. Port of Lost Wonder, Palawan Beach, Sentosa Island, Singapore The Port of Lost Wonder at Sentosa island is one of the best places to spend Christmas with your kids in Singapore. A kids’ club by the beach, Port of Lost Wonder offers a range of activities...

Around The World In 21 Craft Gins In the global scheme of things, there seems to be a constant stream of new food and drink trends which tend to go from relative obscurity to gaining international popularity in no time at all. Let’s begin with the world of food. If you entered almost any restaurant five or ten years ago (especially outside of the United States and ordered pulled pork, you’d end up leaving hungry and empty handed. However, now you literally can’t avoid it. This really interesting article from The Guardian delves...

Spending time with family has become a precious activity in today’s busy world, and to take time out from hectic schedules and plan a holiday would mean that you would want everything to be perfect for your special family bonding time. The world over the decades has become a smaller place and today it is possible to travel anywhere around the world without much stress and hassles. But when it comes to planning a family holiday, your choice of destination becomes a prime aspect that you cannot overlook. The destination for your family...

The handshake: a universal greeting of peace and fraternity, right? Well, yes and no. While widely believed to have evolved as a gesture to show that the greeter bears no weapons, and used in countries on every continent, the precise format of the handshake in different cultural contexts can be a matter of grave importance. Everything from strength of grip to the order in which you greet your hosts can give subtle hints about where you’re from, can potentially cause offence – or can display both affection and respect for your counterpart’s...

If you’re a big tipper, you could be big in South Africa. If you’re generous with your hugs, you’ll likely be embraced by the people of Brazil and Spain. But if you wear your Sunday best to business meetings, you’re going to look out of place in Ireland. Across the world, the gestures and behaviors that make up our day-to-day life vary in subtle but important ways that can help us to accustom ourselves to the areas we visit, and on occasion even prevent us getting in trouble. Conversely, if you’re sick of the tardiness of your...

Eggs are pretty weird when you think about them too hard. But they are also delicious, convenient, and highly versatile – as is demonstrated by the regional variations on show around the world. If you’re planning to travel, and want to know what the egg world has in store for you, or if you just want to add a bit of exoticism to your weekend brunch, you can do a lot worse than making a trip to the supermarket with a list of ingredients for some of our international neighbours’ signature yolk n’ albumen dishes. The North African...

When we are planning on heading abroad for a short break or even a couple of months travelling, there are certain essentials that we must not forget. First of all, it is worth working out whether you’ll need to apply for any kind of visa to enter the country or countries you plan on visiting. Travel Essentials Visa HQ is a very helpful site which lists the 123 countries which warrant a visa for any UK visitors which is well worth looking at before booking your flights anywhere. Next up, you’ll want to consider the currency of the...