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The Essential Travel Blog brings together travel experts and the travelling community in an interactive, light-hearted look at the world of travel, featuring; hidden travel gems, hot topics and exclusive interviews.

Summer Skin Care

With the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics citing a rise of 78% of malignant melanomas in men and 48% in women over the last ten years, it's clear that there's a lot we could still be doing to protect our skin when we're in the sun. Even if it's only as an attempt to lessen our chance of getting wrinkles, any improvement on sun protection is a positive step. Here are some ways to maximise your skin's protection whilst still having fun.

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The 8 Different Types Of Traveller

There's no doubt about it - you meet some characters on your travels. From the super-organised to the sun-lounger hoggers, we run through the 8 different types of travellers you will undoubtedly meet on your gap year, career break, or holidays.

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A Guide For Tipping Around the World

Sometimes it’s nice to be able to tip somebody for a job well done; sometimes it’s downright expected, and occasionally it can even be taken as an insult. If you’re a little unsure of the tipping etiquette for where you are travelling, take a look at our around the world guide to tipping:

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Unusual Customs And Traditions From Around The World

One of the most educational parts of travel is discovering the interesting traditions or customs that other countries hold dear. They can be a real insight into a nation’s culture, as well as making marvellous post-trip dinner party stories (or good pub quiz questions). Here are a selection of some of the ones we’ve come across...

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