Author: Andrew Griffiths

The Impact of Drug Crime on Students Abroad

Drug smuggling might sound like the stuff of high-octane action movies that revolve around a renegade cop’s attempts to put an end to a ruthless drug cartel’s reign of terror, so far removed from your life that it’s not even worth giving a second thought to, but the effects of drug trafficking can be felt much closer to home than you might think. A recent cautionary tale ignited the public’s awareness to the fact that even the most unassuming British travellers can end up involved in drug smuggling. This saw the imprisonment of the then 20-year-old Michaella McCollum Connolly...

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Tips and Tricks For Interrailing on a Budget

Every year droves of students travel abroad to decompress from the gruelling university year they’ve just completed.  One of the preferred modes of travel for students is interrailing, as it is a really good way of seeing lots of different cities for a relatively low price. However, if you aren’t careful, the cost of interrailing soon adds up as you travel from country to country. That’s why it’s important to keep these essential interrailing tips and tricks in mind if you are thinking of interrailing around Europe this summer. Book accommodation in advance There’s nothing more nerve-racking then arriving...

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Going to France? Get Clued-Up for your Travels!

Ruth Stannard, Director of Consular services for France, offers advice on how to make your time in France the best it can be, as well as avoiding any faux-pas. Ruth has worked as the Director of Consular Services for France since January 2013, she answers my questions giving us an insight into the challenges and difficulties she faces in her role on a daily basis. Read on to discover how to avoid becoming the victim of a bad situation when spending time in France. According to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, around 400,000 British Nationals live and work...

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Catch Me Daddy: A Review

Originally released at Cannes Film Festival in May of last year, Catch Me Daddy received a recent cinema run at select cinemas including Liverpool’s own FACT giving the public a chance to find out for themselves whether the festival season buzz was justified. This topical thriller centres on a young adult from a Pakistani family who is forced to flee for her life when her excessively traditional father sends his son and a gang of hired thugs to enact an honour killing of her. The reason behind such a seemingly inhumane act is that she was dating outside of...

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What Consulates Can and Can’t Do For You Abroad

Each year thousands of students go away travelling and, for the most part, these trips abroad take place without any problems. However, it’s always good to know that if something does go wrong, there are Consular Offices around the world that can help! One of the greatest dangers for students backpacking around the world is the chance that their important documents may get stolen. But thanks to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the loss of a passport will not necessarily leave you stranded abroad, as University students Henry and Sophie found out during their travels in the region of...

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