Top five ski resorts in the world for expert skiers

Best-selling author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his book ‘Outliers’ about the ‘10,000-hour rule’; claiming that the only way to achieve world-class expertise in any skill is by practicing the correct way for a total of 10,000 hours.

That’s a long time to be on the slopes, but expert skiers will tell you that it’s not hard when you love what you’re doing. Skiers are as passionate as hobbyists come, and experts in particular take it very seriously. But when you’ve put in your hours and have gained expert status, where do you go from there? Literally? Where should you go to continue testing yourself? Read more

New Zealand

101 Things: Greig’s New Zealand Highlights

For those of you that follow Greig and his incredible mission to fulfil his ‘anti-bucket list’ of 101 Things to do When You Survive, you’ll know that our favourite Scot traveller has a bit of a soft spot for all things geeky! Read more

Most spectacular destinations to see in the New Year

Deciding where to spend the last hours of 2014 can be daunting, especially with so many great locations, parties and festivals to ring in 2015, so we’ve created a shortlist of our favourite places to ring in the New Year. Read more

Where are the best beaches in Europe?

Following on from my recent blog about the cleanliness of UK beaches, it would appear from a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) that our European neighbours beaches have also come up to scratch.This will be encouraging news for our travel insurance customers planning a European seaside break this summer.

The latest annual Bathing Water Report from EEA and the European Commission, which looks at water quality in more than 22,000 bathing sites at beaches, rivers and lakes across Europe last year, has found 77.1% of sites had excellent quality, which means it complied with the most stringent guide values.
Encouragingly only 2% of bathing waters tested were non- compliant.
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Best beaches for a staycation

Any of our medical conditions travel insurance customers planning a bucket and spade holiday in the UK this summer will be interested in the latest Good Beach Guide compiled by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). The survey showed that some of our beaches are the cleanest for years, despite the guide stressing that there is still a lot of work to be done on maintaining and improving them. Read more

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