On 27 February 2016, members from our UK and South African offices joined hundreds of exhibitors at TNT’s February Travel Show. Aimed at travellers aged between 18 and 39, the show took place at London’s Business Design Centre and provided attendees with exclusive discounts on trips and tours from top tour operators from around the world. […]
One of our 1st Contact forex brokers, Andrew McNair, is in India right now with three of his friends raising money for Cool Earth on the Rickshaw Run. We decided to check in with Andrew for news from the subcontinent. First off, tell our readers what the Rickshaw Run is. The Rickshaw Run is an event […]
The holidays are officially here. Between end-of-year functions, gifts and nights out, Pounds can seem to fly out of your bank account. We’ve found free things to do in London to keep you entertained these holidays, without costing you a penny. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland A huge ice rink, two circuses and an observation wheel […]
Last weekend’s semi-finals saw both Argentina and South Africa (contrary to this humble author’s gutsy predictions) fall out of the race for the Webb Ellis Cup. These teams will now compete on Friday in the bronze final. That means Saturday’s final will be a trans-Tasman affair with Australia and New Zealand both looking to secure […]
It’s been 20 years since Reg Bamford started 1st Contact in the Arches at Embankment. This once small business has grown into a multi-national corporation with offices in London, Melbourne and Cape Town. Although we’ve grown a lot, we’re still helping expats get the most out of their lives in the UK by remaining fiercely […]
This is the first in a series of Friday Rugby World Cup round-ups. Each week we’ll be taking a look at how the Southern Hemisphere giants fared in England. The first weekend of the tournament saw a few shock results but the natural order was restored from Monday. South Africa Being lost in the wilderness […]
There are only a few months to go before the 2015 Rugby World Cup kicks off, and there’s no better way to experience it than in person. Now is a good time to get your travel plans sorted if you want to see the games live. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about […]
On 25 April 1915 troops from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and France made a pre-dawn amphibious landing on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. During the eight months of fierce fighting that followed, some 8,000 Australians and 2,000 New Zealanders lost their lives through combat, wounds or disease. This year marks the centenary of their brave […]
UK taxpayers can expect an average tax rebate of around £1,250 this year and, while investing the money is always a good option, sometimes it’s nice just to spoil yourself. Here are some of our favourite holiday experiences that cost less than your UK tax rebate.
International Women’s Day encourages us to stop, recognise and celebrate the many economic, political and social achievements accomplished by women. With this in mind, we thought we’d take a look at some trailblazing modern female explorers. While we all know who Amelia Earhart is, and that Sacagawea was the brains behind Lewis and Clark, there […]
Kiwis living in the UK don’t have to miss out on Waitangi Day celebrations.
Wimbledon – or “SW19” – may have a reputation for its eponymous tennis tournament, but it’s also home to thousands of expats from South Africa, Australia, Poland, Sri Lanka and Ghana. That means an influx of family over the festive break – family who’ll no doubt need to be entertained. Here’s our pick of seven family-friendly things […]
If you’re spending these holidays in the lively city of London, but find yourself on a tight budget, worry not. We’ve put together this list of completely free festive activities that will allow you to enjoy the best that London has to offer without breaking the bank.
New Year’s Eve is around the corner, so best get your plans in order soon. Here’s our round-up of six things to do in London this New Year’s Eve.
The UK’s second-ever Small Business Saturday is scheduled for 6 December and aims to cultivate a “shop local” attitude in the build-up to Christmas and beyond. The end goal? To channel foot traffic to the UK’s many, many small businesses and encourage a culture of entrepreneurship that lasts well into 2015.
National Freelancers’ Day 19 November 2014
The US of A did fairly well in the Fifa World Cup, so why not hop over the pond and check out their awesome country? From dazzling Vegas to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, this country has everything to offer. Check out Topdeck Travel and mention 1st Contact for a discount.
Our mates at Topdeck Travel are all about food, from paella in Spain and goulash in Hungary to schnitzel in Austria and ice cream, ice cream, ice cream! Mention 1st Contact for a sweet discount.
With England and Spain now out of the running for the prestigious FIFA World Cup title, we thought it would be a good idea to look back and see how initial predictions faired against actual results. As we’ll show, some of these predictions are not to be trifled with.
During the 2014 Fifa World Cup, pubs in England and Wales will stay open until 1am for English team matches that kick off at 8pm or later.