Our favourite travel & expat news
Here's a round up of our favourite travel stories and expat insights:
January 2015: Here are some spectacular photos of places to add to your travel list - and most of them are made by nature.We'd love to hear from you.The Department for Work and Pensions has issued figures revealing that 7,296 Britons abroad were investigated for benefit fraud totalling £82 million in the past year. Every summer there is a mass exodus of expats heading for the homeland. However, worries about burglaries, pets and husbands forced to work are three of the biggest worries according to Expats Blog. What are your concerns?25 weird toilets of the world, thanks to some research from Hostelbookers.com
Sometime we need a little light relief - excuse the pun.
May 2014: New research finds almost four in 10 British couples with children say they would consider moving abroad, with the hope of bringing their family closer cited as the main reason. Expats: what's your view?Learn-Love-Laugh.com for sharing his happiness video of Singapore. Great vibe and representation of the city.
March 2014: As expats we miss our families and friends from home, and love having guests to stay. However, there is a balance to be struck between being a good host, and getting sucked into running a hotel. Here's some tips from The Telegraph.
September 2013: 10 principles to makes your trip memorable. Slow down, be open to new experiences, be present and passionate. From advice on how to make your travels even more special.
September 2013: Swimming madness. A UAE expat wishes to swim the English Channel with his legs bound together. What's your dream challenge? To find out more...
September 2013: Hotels with unusual extras. Ok, who invited the giraffe to breakfast? What unusual extras have you had with your hotel stay? Singing cowboys? Pampered pets? Find out more here:
September 2013: Strange facts you didn't know about London. The main landmarks and tourist icons are famous. What about finding our about mass graves, plague pits and air raid shelters on your next visit?
September 2013: Free entertainment in the USA. You don't have to pay with an arm and a leg to have a great time. And after the cost of flights theses days there is probably not much left in your pocket except a used tissue and a receipt. So how about checking some of the best of the freebies in the USA? Also a rather weird dog commentary about air travel!
August 2013: Travelling in style v airport mayhem. The growth of private jet companies means air travel is stepping into its more glamorous shoes. But is this affordable for everyone? And what's the point when you feel like a pawn on the airport chessboard? Can a good bottle of wine and a comfy seat really take away the sour taste left by your airport experience?
August 2013: A look at Abu Dhabi
What do you think of when you think of Abu Dhabi? The corniche, the Emirates Palace or Saadiyat Island? Every time we visit there is something new to see and do. It's no longer Dubai's poorer neighbour. Here's a few ideas if you're planning a trip.
August 2013: Expat survey
Do you believe that life is greener on the other side? Is that why you became an expat? An independent survey of expats is attempting to answer this question through a rolling programme investigating migration and lifestyle, retail and finance and travel and health. If you'd like to record your views, click below.
August 2013: What the difference between a traveller and an expat? It is a matter of attitude or how you live day to day? How long to do you have to live somewhere before you can call it home? We'd love to hear your thoughts. Click here to contact us.
August 2013: Saudi and the UAE have emerged as the top job markets in the Middle East. This is despite expats fearing job security in light of policies to localise the workforce.
August 2013: Wonders of the world? What would be on your travel list? Which modern structure will still in standing in the coming centuries? Which antiquities stand the test of time? We'd love to hear your suggestions. Click here to leave us a comment.
August 2013: What are you pet hates in hotels? Expensive wifi, lack of parking, key cards that don't work when you've been sent to the top floor? Click here to tell us what you think. The Sunday Times asked travellers and here are their results:
August 2013: Three-quarters of all expat Brits would not return to their homeland, according to a survey conducted by financial advisory organisation the deVere Group. According to the Office of National Statistics, the number of British citizens who emigrate long-term has risen 8% in the last year.
July 2013: Men dressed in straw, Pearly kings and queens, dancing round a May pole and tap dancing for worms are all strange British traditions. What's the strange tradition where you live?
July 2013: Where is the world's most beautiful building? What's your view? Here's some from Lonely Planet.
July 2013: Need to post a letter. You may find a post box where you least expect it. Where have you found one?
July 2013: Heading to London and worried it will be heavy on the pocket? Here's some ideas of free things to do.
July 2013: When I started travelling the only communication tools I had was a notebook and a film camera. Hasn't technology moved on? Here's 25 free iPhone travel apps to make life easier. Do you have any to share?
July 2013: What makes someone get a tattoo? For some it appears to be the love of travel. When photographs and memories aren't enough....
July 2013: Travel gives us the opportunity to learn about different cultures, and dance is a part of that. Here are the top 10 local dances from Cheapflight.com. Our favourite is the Kecak in Bali.
July 2013: Need some photo inspiration? What makes an inspiring travel picture? Colour? Juxtaposition? Composition? A memory? Take a look at the National Geographic's Travel photo competition for some awe-inspiring shots.
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July 2013: What makes a treasured souvenir? A collection of maps and tickets from your travels or something more unusual that just happens to find its way home with you? Obviously, I have my photographs, and the stories I've collected for this website is a souvenir of sorts. We'd love to hear yours. Here's the Lonely Planet's collection:
July 2013: Coping with the fatigue of a red eye flight isn't easy. Here are some useful tips. If you're travelling with young children changing your clock to your destination's time and sticking to your routine is key. What's your advice?
July 2013: Experienced poor service, think the quality of your hotel room is substandard, or simply have a fly in your soup? Here's how to write a complaint letter that gets noticed. This was picked up by Richard Branson and The Huffington Post, leading it to go viral.
July 2013: Where in the world are the rudest taxi drivers? A survey of UK holidaymakers, by airporttransfers.co.uk has put Paris and Rome to shame. But what makes a driver rude? Lack of knowledge, indifference, dirty cars, taking the long way round? How long can we make this list?
June 2013: When you live in the UAE, the expat's holiday is a slice of home; green trees, the local pub, family nearby and, yes, even the rotten weather. Although fathers are often left to fend for themselves for a couple of weeks, the focus is on ensuring that children get to connect with their family and their roots. The Telegraph's Annabel Kantaria gives some insight.
June 2013: Travel mistakes make memories, but it's hard to remember that when something goes wrong. Even the most seasoned travellers get it wrong. My husband once booked us a romantic two-centre trip to Venice and the Dolomites as a babymoon, just before our first daughter was born. But instead of booking the room consecutively he booked them for the same dates. And as Venice was hosting the film festival, there was no room for Mary at any of the 200 inns we called at 2am. Oh, how we laugh....now.
Drop us a line to share your mishaps. We'd love to hear from you. Here are some from Lonely Planet.
In the European awards the Great Cathedral and Mosque, Cordoba, Spain, took the top spot. The UK only featured once: Durham Cathedral. The winners definitely have a right to be there - there are some impressive sights, but surely the UK has more to offer?
June 2013: Petra in Jordan has been ranked the top Middle Eastern tourist attraction according to Trip Advisor. The Temple of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt, came second and the Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque came third. Ten out of the 25 awards went to Egyptian landmarks. The Dancing Fountains, the Burj Khalifa and the Burj al Arab in Dubai, and the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi also put the UAE on the podium.
June 2013: According to Trip Advisor, these are the world's top landmarks. What's missing from this list? Surely, the list is biased on a certain kind of audience. Cambodia appears twice, but there is little from Western Europe and nothing from the US. What is a landmark? Is it a recognisable icon that helps you to navigate or simply an impressive sight?
June 2013: Super video that gives you a quick tour of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, visiting parts you'd never get to see as a tourist.
Lovely short video on Dubai. Brash, rich, a dream built on a desert? Is this is the Dubai you recognise?
The British Empire might not be as pink as it once once, but there are still beautiful corners of the world that can be called home. Here's some beautiful photos from the British Oversea's Territories.
Press release: Expat Explorer launches in Singapore
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Singapore: are you happy?
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