Dom Stapleton

Dom Stapleton

As well as being the world’s northernmost capital city, Reykjavik in Iceland is also an incredible place to visit.

We stayed in a hotel right in the middle of the city and spent most days walking around from there. The main thing we noticed (apart from the cold, of course) was that the people are so friendly. At home, trying to cross the road is a nightmare, but in Reykjavik, the cars are literally queuing up to let you across.

When my partner and I went, in January 2013, the sun only started rising at about 10 am, which was a strange experience. And it got dark at about 4 pm each day!

Dom works in our marketing team

Ostriches: King of all the birds (even though they can't fly)

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We try to pick beautiful places to use in our adverts. Places that make us (and hopefully you) wish we were anywhere other than where we are now. After all, if people didn’t go somewhere else, they wouldn’t need travel insurance. And where would that leave us?

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If you’ve been mugged or you’ve lost or had your money stolen while you’re on holiday, here’s what you should do: Get medical help if you’ve been injured If you need any medical attention, call our assistance line on +44 (0)207 748 0060 as soon as possible. Our team are available 24 hours a day, […]

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Tetraphobia: East Asia's fear of the number four

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