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10 of the Strangest Traditions from Around the World

From scrambled egg festivals to monkey buffets, it’s safe to say that there are some rather weird and wonderful traditions that take place around the world. Here’s a list of just 10 of the most bizarre cultural practices from around the globe that are still carried out today:   La Tomatina, Spain First up is La Tomatina, the largest tomato fight in the world. It’s not quite known how it came about but there are many theories surrounding it. One of the most popular is ... Read more

What Do Different Colours Mean in Different Countries?

It is no secret that colours are emotive. They can affect the way we feel, they can heal, and they can bring joy. They can remind us of a time of year, a certain place or a distant memory. Around the world different countries, cultures and groups of people associate colours differently. What could be a positive colour for some could be a sign of something sinister for others. Colour associations vary from country to country. Take a peep below to understand ... Read more

Expat Safety Tips: What to Do During a Tsunami

Before the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004, many were not aware that gigantic tidal waves were a natural phenomenon, let alone a force of nature that could kill. On the 26th December, a tsunami occurred in the Indian Ocean. It was the result of a magnitude nine earthquake by two plates on the seafloor, displacing the ocean above. At its start, the tsunami measured no more than one metre high. However, the force of the earthquake resulted in the tsunami travelling to ... Read more

Women Finally Granted Right to Drive in Saudi Arabia

On September 26th 2017, Saudi Arabia finally granted its female citizens the right to drive. Whilst women were not banned from getting behind the wheel, Saudi law required citizens to use a locally issued license whilst in the country. Funnily enough, these licenses could not be issued to women. Therefore, it was effectively illegal for women to drive. This latest move in the Kingdom is part of an ongoing political shakeup which has so far seen an abolishment of tax-free living and ... Read more

The 5 Most Incredible Historical Locations in the World

In a world that is constantly evolving and rich with technology and new experiences it is easy to forget the past. When it comes to globetrotting, we are often drawn to the luxurious locations or cities with the best restaurants or shopping opportunities. However, without the five historical locations featured below having had impact upon history, the world we know today might have been much different. So next time you’re a browsing holidays or want adventure, why not invest some time ... Read more

How Much Does It Cost to Live in India?

India is a culture shock for even the most well-travelled amongst us. It is an exotic and diverse country and the cities are rich with noise, smells and sounds. Many forget that India is a small country (covering only 2% of the world’s total land) but is home to over 1.3 billion people. This can be overwhelming, particularly in the cities. However, it can also equal a fascinating life in a country like no other. The Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank, ... Read more

How Much Does It Cost to Live in India?

India has the second largest population in the world, home to approximately 1.25 billion people. Famed as a destination for expats who have been moved by their employer, or are searching for an alternative way of life, the number of Westerners heading to the country is steadily climbing year on year. With many Indian nationals emigrating to other countries for better educational and work opportunities, what is drawing foreigners to the country? The Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank, release their global ... Read more

Revealing the Magic of the Magnificent Himalayas

The Himalayas are a rich tapestry of cultures and landscapes, spanning six diverse countries. The 1,500 mile stretch of majestic mountain ranges are home to some of the most inspiring sites in the world, starting in Afghanistan, before descending upon Pakistan, Indian, Nepal and China, before ending in secretive Bhutan. Come with us on an enchanting journey through some of the most sensory destinations on planet earth and discover the hidden gems of the Himalayas. Afghanistan to Pakistan: Khyber Pass Our voyage starts at ... Read more

Unveiling the Mystery Surrounding the World’s Lost Cities

The world is rich with historical cities echoing the ancient civilisations of times gone by. Machu Picchu, Pompeii, Petra, and Cairo are all coveted sites that offer outstanding insights into world’s that are so different from what we know today. However, there are also a handful of locations in the world that have been forgotten, due to natural disaster, sieges, and economic and political downturn. Set aside some time to immerse yourself in some of the world’s lost cities. The Gedi Ruins, ... Read more

5 of the Most Haunted Locations in the World

For the superstitious amongst us, Halloween is regarded as the most paranormally active night of the year. With this year’s celebrations just around the corner, it is an opportunity to take a look at the spooky phenomenon happening in five of the world’s most haunted locations. With dark histories spanning centuries, and tragedies at every turn, prepare to feel a chill as you uncover the unnerving truths associated with these globally renowned sinister locations. The Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, UK An idyllic British ... Read more
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