December is here and you can sense the onset of festive vibes, the anxious waiting for the season holidays to start, to get together with loved ones and celebrate the joyous time. It’s Christmas and most people would plan on having the typical white Christmas vacation and travel to western places where Christmas is a grand occasion – everywhere you go, its snowflakes, Santa clauses and Christmas trees. Though the festival at western destinations are an elaborate celebration, for travelers, visit such places in December means less...

There are largely two different types of globally popular foods.  There’s those that belong to one particular culture and those which become broadly interpreted and enjoyed. A great example of the first is sushi. Sushi is unmistakably Japanese and is enjoyed across the world by all classes and cultures, from Michelin star restaurants to convenience meal deals. Learn more about how sushi became a global sensation in this article from The Guardian. At the other end of the scale, you have dishes which are enjoyed all over the world...

Around The World In 16 Banksy Street Art Locations If you stopped someone on the street and asked them to name you 5 popular artists of the 21st century, you’d struggle for many answers. However, there is almost certainly one who will be known by many millions around the world, and that’s, of course, Banksy. Who is Banksy? The mysterious, British satirical street artist has said that he/she would never reveal their true identity which has lead to years of speculation. This article from the Telegraph is a classic example of the speculation....

9 Weird British Expressions Illustrated One of the beautiful things about travelling is the opportunity to be submerged in another culture’s language. If you’re familiar with a bit of Spanish or French, it is rewarding to battle your way through the occasional shop transaction without just using the international language of ‘louder English’. In bars and on public transport, it can be fun to figure out at least the subject that people are talking about – it doesn’t feel intrusive when you don’t have a clue what they’re...

The Lake District is England’s largest national park and attracts 17.32 million visitors a year. It’s not hard to see why, with stunning lakes, mountains, coastline and historic sites. The Lakes are popular in all seasons, and are as beautiful in the autumn and winter as it is in the warmer months with any families choose to spend Christmas or New Year in the Lake District. Here are five great reasons why the Lake District is the perfect destination for your next holiday 1. It’s Beautiful! With stunning views all year round,...

Even in the sheltered and largely safe world the majority of us live in today, plenty of us suffer from fears and phobias, some of them irrational, others entirely rational. According to fears.net, some of the top ten phobias of all time include the fear of small spaces (Claustrophobia), a fear of spiders (Arachnophobia) and a fear of heights (Acrophobia). Rational vs Irrational Overcoming a fear of something can be difficult, especially with both irrational and rational fears. A rational fear is one which exists because there is potentially...

Fancy a European football break? We bet you’re not alone. With Premier League ticket prices not exactly the easiest on the pocket, lots of football fans are heading to the Continent to enjoy the beautiful game. It’s not hard to see why. Affordable airfares, reasonable ticket prices and the thrill of Champions League and Europa League action are all encouraging football fanatics to up sticks and enjoy an away day or weekend break across the Channel. If you’re hankering after some of this action for yourself, we think you’ll love...

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....