Valentine’s Day Instagram Competition


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The Great Escape – Starting Life Afresh in Rural Italy


Property4Media_United_Kingdom_medium-sized_1319634_leone0618-81For those feeling inspired to live the life of an expat, or even those looking to be inspired, you will love this story that we’ve come across, about a couple who decided to go for it, and make their dreams a reality in Italy…

British couple Tim and Madeline Jones were very much a part of the rat-race, working in international finance, yet harbouring a secret desire to give it all up, and escape abroad. Continue reading

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Europe’s Most Liveable Countries


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A list of the world’s most liveable cities from 2018 has been announced by Mercer, the human resources consulting firm, which takes into consideration the factors affecting quality of living.

We’ve taken a look at exactly which areas around Europe have ranked the highest, and, using information from Mercer’s 2018 Quality of Living Ranking, we’ve rounded up the top European countries: Continue reading

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Insure My Villa’s 2018 Travel Destination Highlights


We’re now winding down for Christmas and getting together our plans for 2019, which has led us to a discussion in the office of where we might like to travel to next…

The world is vast and the opportunities are numerous, so we certainly feel spoilt for choice!

Having reflected on the wonderful year of overseas travel we’ve had at Insure My Villa, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite destinations from 2018, along with the locations that members of our team have their eye on for next year… Continue reading

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Holidaymakers look to Sotogrande for Spanish Sea and Sun


SotograndeAs clothes, music and cars go in and out of fashion, so do holiday destinations.

One year, a white Ford Fiesta is seen to be sleek and stylish, and the next it’s the latest in the Audi ‘A’ series in silver. Locations around Europe go through the same transitions, but we are pleased to hear that Spain is back! Continue reading

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Say ‘Oui’ to a Home Abroad in the South of France


View of the August bridge in Albi, FranceOur thoughts are with France, this week, as we look at the region of Occitanie – a sunny region located in the south of the country.

Sextant, the network of French estate agents, describes it as “the department [region] where the transition from the cooler, wetter north to the dry hot south, is encapsulated.” How eloquently put!

If you are looking for a property to escape to at the weekends, then perhaps you will need to look no further… Continue reading

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Countries Ranked for Food Sustainability in 2018


If you are a follower of our articles, you may have noticed that we have two main passions that go hand in hand: travel and food.

We like to keep an eye on what’s going on in the world, especially Europe, as we provide Overseas Property Insurance for homes in eight European countries.

Recently, we came across this year’s Food Sustainability Index (FSI), which highlights the importance of reducing food waste, across the world. We were pleased to see a few European countries have made this list. Continue reading

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What You Need to Know if You’re Travelling Abroad


Travel accessoriesWhen travelling abroad, it can be handy to make a list of all you need to do in preparation. Having a checklist of what to pack in your suitcase is one thing, but have you seriously thought about the extras you will need to organise, in order to ensure that you have an enjoyable time and stay safe?

We’ve put together some handy tips, to help you get started with the process of planning the trip of a lifetime:

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In Which Countries do Expats Feel Most Welcome?


World environment day conceptHave you been wondering which countries are the friendliest? Well, luckily for us all, InterNations, the global network and information site for people who live and work abroad, has done the hard work for us, and come up with a list! Continue reading

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Did you know the following facts about laws and etiquette in France?


franceWhen travelling to a country for the first time, you may be unaware of the differences in culture and rules. Don’t get caught out, make sure to do your research, before you travel!

France is a prime example of a country that, despite being such a close neighbour to the UK, has many differences that you may not know about. We’ve compiled a list of some facts, in order to help you out… Continue reading

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