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Crossing the Irish border: everything you need to know for a stress-free visit!

Ireland is a country divided in two: in the south and west, the nation of Ireland (which I will refer to as the Republic of Ireland to avoid confusion), and in the northeast the province of Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom. Both have plenty to do and see, and it would be a crime to make a trip to Ireland and not cross the border.… Keep reading

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Small group travel: Is it right for you?

I am a huge advocate of small group travel, and it is something I have been doing for many years. I also find that, more and more, friends are asking my advice about taking the plunge. But is it right for you?

What is small group travel?

Small group travel generally means joining a tour run by a European, American or Australian company, with a total of around 14-16 travellers per group.… Keep reading

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Can’t speak the language? How to survive being lost in translation…

In addition to my love of travel, I have always loved and been fascinated by foreign languages: how we can experience the same world but express it in such different ways and with such a mixture of sounds. If, like me, you are a native English speaker then, like me, you have been handed a gift on a golden platter, because so much of the world uses English as a common or second language.… Keep reading

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Travel health: How to stay well when you’re travelling

I love to travel, I really love to travel. I’ve been to more than my fair share of locations in Europe and some in North America, but I do also like a bit of culture clash, and my favourite trips are inevitably to countries in the developing world. This means that I am exposed to diseases and risks which are different from what my European body has been accustomed to for most of my life.… Keep reading

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Getting over “the shock”: On culture shock and how to handle it

Culture shock. If you’ve ever travelled, you’ve experienced it; if you’ve travelled as much as I have, you have experienced it in all the colours of the rainbow.

I still clearly remember my first major dose of culture shock. Of course I’d travelled before; through my childhood and adolescence I spent plenty of holidays in France in particular, and was used to the concept of things being different from how they are at home.… Keep reading

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