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Four times I needed travel insurance – never go abroad without it

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Photo credit: pukekoblue via photopin cc When planning your next trip abroad one of the items that should be dealt with first is not the plane ticket or hotel reservation but travel insurance. I know, it’s not the most interesting of expenses in your travel budget and finding that bargain airfare is a lot more […]

26 tips for staying fresh on long-haul flights

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Photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc I love flying. It doesn’t matter whether my next trip is a domestic flight lasting under sixty minutes or an eight-hour transatlantic adventure; I still get a buzz when driving to the airport. Nevertheless, longer flights do present a number of challenges and ironically the fact that I […]

Ways to defeat jet lag

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  Image (c) Steve Craft/Corbis Until a few years ago I’d never suffered jet lag as most of the long flights I had taken were north-south. That all changed with my first trip to the good old US of A, and the combination of serious delays on my changeover at Heathrow meaning no chance to […]

Alpine touring at Vallter 2000 in Spain – the ultimate skiing experience?

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When I was growing up, it was all very simple. ‘Skiing’ meant downhill skiing in the Alps – or for some brave people, Scotland. Artificial slopes were rare and skiing was a luxury that most people in the UK had never experienced. Due to the neat combination of family friends owning a chalet in Switzerland, […]