I love Trains

By Nathan Lee I’ve always been fond of trains. In fact, I’m quite partial to most forms of transport other than the one that is socially acceptable; cars. But burdened as I might be by my nonconformity, I may not be as alone as I once thought. As it turns out, Britain is a nation of train lovers. A new survey by East Coast trains has revealed 70 per cent of Brits now travel by train because of practicalities such...

Discovering paradise: Increasing numbers of tourists uncover Belize treasures

By Steve Taggart A naturally beautiful, near-magical place, of exotic black orchids, mysterious Mayan history and the flaming colours of wild toucans and scarlet macaws, Belize is undoubtedly magnetising. Yet, it remains one of the final unspoilt jewels in Central America's crown. The country, which ranges around 20,000 km², is known for its diversity of flora and fauna that is second to none and makes for an enthralling experience. Spanning rich rainforests - home to tapirs who swim in the...

Rebranding Albania: Europe’s hot new destination?

By Steve Taggart For many decades, Albania was not considered a tourist destination. Although situated just 45 miles from the eternally-popular coast of Italy, this South-Eastern European country was considered a world away. With a recent history peppered with the restrictions that come from living under communist rule, travel to Albania has been limited in recent years and its shores have remained largely undiscovered by the wider world. General opinion of the country wasn't high: it was a world of...

Brazil emerges victorious as World Cup host nation

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor They may not have been crowned world champions on the pitch but Brazil, hosts of this year's momentous FIFA World Cup 2014, have come out as victorious in a wealth of other ways. Have a look at these fantastic statistics; •Over 1 million foreign tourists visited Brazil for the FIFA 2014 World Cup •Resulting in a USD$13.5 billion boost to Brazilian economy (FIPE) •Host city Natal saw 851% in tourist spending during the World Cup...

No more heroes – the life of Goran Kropp

By Guy Dorrell @GuyDorrellEsq September 1977 saw the release of The Stranglers lament, “No more heroes”. When Jean-Jacques Burnel and Hugh Cornwell wrote it, at the height of punk, they bemoaned the lack of inspirational figures in public life. Their parents’ generation had plentiful heroes of course, having lived through the Second World War. The celebrities that the era produced must have seemed to Cornwell and Burnel shallow and lacking the determination and resolve of the previous generation, finding notoriety...

14 reasons to consider Brazil as the home of your next property investment

  By Joe Mellor Deputy Editor Even though Brazil's hopes of being crowned the FIFA 2014 World Cup champions are dashed after a staggering defeat by Germany in the semi-finals this week, the Latin American powerhouse still boasts numerous other winning qualities. So, as the world's greatest football tournament draws to a close, here are 14 reasons to consider Brazil as the home of your next property investment. 1)    Tourism is on the increase - and not just because of...

London Congestion Charges Set To Increase on June 16th

By Bronwyn Cook It currently costs a staggering £10 (!) to enter the congestion zone that surrounds London’s central hub and is set to rise by an additional £1.50 by the 16th June. With the total cost of living unlikely to drop anytime soon throughout the UK, those entering London’s inner zone can be forgiven for feeling the squeeze. So what can be done to circumvent this charge whilst still sampling the delights of our capital’s culture? Lowering Emissions to...

How to keep your gadgets safe on a city break

By Krissa Cavouras So far, the twenty-first century has been all about connectivity -- your mobile is now smarter than you are, your clunky computer got replaced with a sleek tablet, and you can’t leave home without either. So when you go on holiday, an ounce of prevention is worth a thousand quid of cure. (And if you’re traveling with your smart phone, a tablet and a decent camera, that’s probably how much your tech is worth!) Before you board...

A guide to adventures outside of Prague

By Sophie Turton Assistant Web Editor for the online accountants Crunch “Prague never lets you go...this dear little mother has sharp claws” - Franz Kafka.  Prague is a delicious, debaucherous, delightful city. A city of spires and fairy tales and fancies, so there really is little wonder why few tourists venture far from its beautiful castles and cheap pivovars. What many remain unaware of, however, is that the Czech Republic itself is the treasure trove and Prague just one enchanting...

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