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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What are the Current Dream Locations of Brits Looking to take on an Expat Lifestyle?

dream locationsIf you had the opportunity to relocate to Spain, would you say no? Neither would we!

We’re not in the minority, according to research from home moving company Its information has found that, overall, Spain is the most popular choice, when it comes to Brits looking to start a new life in the sun. Continue reading

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Baking Around Europe: Republic of Ireland

Irish flag


This is our final article in the series, so we would like to thank you all for reading. We hope you’ve enjoyed it all as much as we have, doing the researching and writing!

We’re coming to the end of Bake Off, and we’re sure you’ll agree that it’s been yet another fantastic season, full of talented bakers. With it also being the end of October, we specifically saved Republic of Ireland until last, as there are some special recipes that increase in popularity at this time of year. We chose the following fascinating dishes for this week’s list:


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Baking Around Europe: Portugal

Flag of PortugalWhen we think of Portugal, mostly what springs to mind are seafood dishes and desserts made of eggs and almonds. Having spoken to a couple of friends with Portuguese roots, in preparation for this article, we also learnt how important a good strong cup of coffee is. It’s a country packed full of flavour, and the locals are proud of this. Having visited Nando’s on a number of occassions, a certain dessert also sprang to mind, when thinking about Portugal’s most famous treats, which is where we’ve decided to begin this week’s article… Continue reading

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