Heading abroad? Watch out for hefty fines (or worse) for peeing in the sea, wearing flip-flops or feeding pigeons

You've booked your trip, packed your bags and learned a bit of the lingo... but have you checked up on any local laws or customs that might catch you out on your holiday? While some may seem strange based on the culture here, they may of course be perfectly sensible based on cultures elsewhere – though we're not sure what to make of compulsory 'budgie smugglers' in some swimming pools in France.

How to BEAT school holiday travel price hikes

There's a collective 'GRRRRR' from parents about holiday price hikes when term ends – the cost of flights, hotels and package holidays always seems to rocket. Yet the law's plain. You can't take kids out of school for unauthorised vacations without being fined (see our Term-time holidays 60-second guide for the full lowdown).

How I survived my nightmare yoga holiday... then claimed ALL of my money back

I needed a holiday, and every fibre in my body was telling me to go frolic with nature. Trees. Birds. Frogs. Puppies. Anything. I didn't have anyone to go with and nor did I have any clue where to go. So like any millennial, I went to my mum and asked what to do: "Go on a singles holiday", she said. Go alone? And a lone wolf I was. I typed into the web, 'yoga retreat for single people', as I love yoga and my single status (thanks for reminding me mum).

Driving in Europe after Brexit need-to-knows

Much is still up in the air about Brexit, but if you'll be motoring in Europe on or after Friday 29 March, there are some important checks you need to start making sooner rather than later.

Heading away this summer? Don't fall foul of mobile charges

Just as football fever has kicked off around the world, it's also a whole year since we’ve been able to roam for ‘free’ in Europe (yes, we thought it had been longer, too). And while there's bargains to be grabbed to many popular destinations, if you're not careful, your mobile bill for visiting some surprisingly common holiday hotspots could set you back more than your trip.