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Top 5 things to do in London this summer

London is transformed into a whole new city during the summer months. Rooftop bars open, parks are flooded with sunbathers and days last well past 9pm. Here are our top five things to do in London this summer. 1. Go to the open air theatre Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre features a selection of plays, musicals, films […]

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1st Contact joins the TNT Travel Show

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. […]

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Tips for taking great holiday photos

Whether you’re already in full holiday mode or planning a magical Christmas in London, we’ve put together a few tips that will help you take great holiday photos and capture the holiday season perfectly for years to come. Shoot moments, not poses It’s tempting to run around family gatherings telling everyone to “look here” or […]

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7 South African blogs to remind you of home

While some people dream of a white Christmas, South Africans will be celebrating the festive season with beaches and braais. We’ve rounded up seven of our favourite South African blogs to bring you a piece of sunny South Africa during the London winter. Whether you’re from Jo’burg, Cape Town, Durban or somewhere in between, you’re […]

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Top 5 places to take your gap year

Have you just finished school? With no mortgage, full-time job, homework or studies to worry about, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever have more freedom than you do right now. It’s the perfect time to explore and adventure. We look at the top five places to take your gap year. Thailand  Thailand welcomes 16 million international […]

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Best New Year’s parties in the UK

It’s just over a month until arguably the biggest night of the year. New Year’s Eve brings with it thousands of options to welcome in 2016. We found the Best New Year’s parties in the UK – from diamonds and black-tie to tiki fancy-dress, ‘60s dress up and more – consider your New Year’s plans […]

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Rugby World Cup round up: The final

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 […]

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Splurge with your HMRC tax refund

With one in every three people working in the UK due a tax refund, it’s easy to get excited about some of your hard-earned cash making its way back to you. The average refund is £1,250 – and, while investing or saving might be the responsible thing to do, we’ve rounded up a few items […]

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20 strange facts about Australia

From its rich Aboriginal history – with tales of megafauna and three meter tall kangaroos – to the country’s obsession with “barbies”, “footie” and “thongs”, we delve deeper to share a few strange-but-true facts of the land Down Under. 1. In 1954, Bob Hawke, who later became the Prime Minister of Australia, drank 2.5 pints […]

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Pricey Pints: The cost of a beer around the world

Amidst all the recent currency fluctuations and market doomsday predictions our team at 1st Contact Forex have put together an infographic showing you exactly how much bang, or more accurately, beer, you can get for your buck. It’s good to know that during stints of forex volatility and economic turmoil, you can always rely on […]

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