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Don’t mind me: The politeness of Brits abroad

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 3rd, 2015

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Despite the bad press, it seems that most Brits abroad go out of their way to be polite

British tourists have run up a fair old rapsheet for bad behaviour in the past. From the drunken exploits of marauding football fans to the accusations of passive-aggressive aloofness and condescension, the reputation runs that as soon as a Brit leaves Blighty, all pretences of decorum and politeness go out the window.

But a new study by online travel agent Loveholidays.com has found that Brits abroad actually go out of their way not to offend, and perhaps even ramp up their levels of politeness when travelling, ensuring the image of the self-deprecating, friendly Brit persists worldwide.

Here are the ten things that Brits do to be extra polite when travelling overseas…

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Spanish house prices post first nationwide rise since 2008

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 2nd, 2015

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Although slight, the nationwide recovery in Spanish property prices is an encouraging sign for the market

House prices in Spain recorded their first nationwide average increase since 2008 last month, as the recovering property market spreads across the entire country.

Data from the Public Works Ministry showed that the trend began in the last quarter of 2014, with prices for existing homes across Spain rising in value by 0.5 per cent at the end of the year…

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Chinese tourists and investors eye Spanish holidays and property

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 27th, 2015

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The typical Chinese tourist spent €2,040 on average in Spain last year

As China’s economic might continues its slow trickle down to the millions of newly-created Chinese middle class, an increasing number of Chinese citizens are flocking to Spain to snap up Spanish property and enjoy holidays by the Med

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Costa del Sold! Spain gains again as property market picks up

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 26th, 2015

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Spain's property outlook for 2015 looks more assured than it has done for years.

The winters of discontent that have damaged southern Spain’s tourism, hospitality and real estate industries in recent years have skidded to an abrupt halt in 2015.

Despite the Costa del Sol shivering through one of its coldest winters in around a decade so far in 2015, data from its property industry is sure to warm the heart…

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How to enjoy home comforts when moving to Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 25th, 2015

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You don't have to give up the things you love about Britain when you move to Spain

A great deal of the queries we at VIVA receive from people looking to buy a property in Spain concern the availability of the types of home comforts one is used to in the UK.

From food to healthcare, it is understandable that Brits considering a move overseas ask such questions, which is why VIVA’s pages are packed full of accurate and up-to-date information explaining the hows, whys and wherefores of what you will need to do when you move…

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What TripAdvisor’s beach ranking says about Brits and Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 24th, 2015

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From the Med to the Atlantic coastline, Spain is lined by beautiful beaches that suit a wide array of tastes

In a ritual reminiscent of the annual ‘World’s Top University Lists’, TripAdvisor’s 2015 Traveller’s Choice awards have once again thrown up a rather Anglo-centric view of the world… but this time the results are rather well founded.

While the notion that Harvard, Yale, Oxford and Cambridge really are the best universities in the world (and not just the best that English-speaking people have studied at) is debatable, TripAdvisor’s revelation that Spain has five of Europe’s top 25 beaches is less controversial…

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Spanish second homes prove alluring to business travellers

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 23rd, 2015

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A flash pad in Spain is a fine choice for businesspeople who travel often

As the number of business travellers jetting into and out of Spain increases, a growing number of these corporate commuters have begun investigating the option of snapping up a second home in Spain rather than having to rely on hotels for their home-from-home comforts

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Renting out your Costa del Sol property

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  February 20th, 2015

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Last year more than a million tourists stayed in holiday rental accommodation on the Costa del Sol - up 17 per cent on 2013

Whether your Costa del Sol property is standing empty – other than when you and your family or friends are visiting – or you’re thinking of buying a property to rent out, according to recent data from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE), self-catering holidays on our Sunshine Coast have never been more popular…

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Meet Jens Wenk: “Making my clients happy is what motivates me”

Author: John Hollway  |  February 19th, 2015

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Jens Wenk, founder of Gecontec SL, with his wife Daniela

Jens Wenk, founder of Gecontec SL, with his wife Daniela

A professional builder in Berlin, Jens Wenk enjoyed his holidays on the Costa del Sol so much that he moved here in 1992, although his work later took him to Lanzarote and Tenerife. But when the time came to start thinking about growing his business, he knew the perfect place. That place was the Costa del Sol and he lost no time in returning to it…

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