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Channel Tunnel delays rife as services resume

Rail services through the Channel Tunnel have started again after a safety scare on Saturday - but passengers have been warned delays can be expected. Eleven Eurostar trains were cancelled on Sunday, January 18, as the tunnel was closed due to a fire on a lorry. The incident, which happened in the... Read more

FCO Advice

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has issued advice to British holiday-makers in Europe, in tune with Foreign Secretary David Miliband's comments on GMTV this morning: You should continue to make your way directly to Calais, other Channel ports and other northern European ports. In addition ... Read more

Christmas booze cruisers urged to stay alert in Calais

A senior Eurotunnel executive has warned people heading to Calais for 'booze cruises' that migrants at Calais may attempt to target their vehicles as a means of getting into the UK. There are huge numbers of migrants camped out by the ferry terminals, looking for vehicles to smuggle themselves onto... Read more

Double misery for travellers heading to France this week

If you're travelling to France this week, there's a chance you could fall foul of French air traffic controller strikes and new passport checks. The Telegraph reports that up to half of the flights between France and Britain could be cancelled as the SNCTA, France’s largest air traffic controllers’... Read more

David Miliband advises Calais route

UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband has advised Britons stranded in Europe to head to Calais to catch a ferry back to England: Mr Miliband told GMTV: "This is an unprecedented situation, it is affecting the whole of northern Europe, so our priority is first, to make the most of the hole in the cl... Read more

Cold snap may lead to weekend travel delays

A cold snap heading for Britain could cause travel chaos this weekend, as temperatures could drop as low as -7°C. The bad weather, triggered by snowstorms in the US, could also bring freezing, heavy rain and strong winds. There's a good chance that these adverse conditions could wreak havoc on tra... Read more

La Carmina reveals how to be a successful travel blogger

Travel, TV and fashion writer La Carmina is an expert when it comes to blogging. She’s been scribbling about her travels since 2007, she’s written three books and regularly writes for The Sunday Times, CNN and The Huffington Post. La Carmina hosts travel TV shows worldwide, and has appeared on serie... Read more

Best of - Award Winning Beaches

Hitting the beach this summer?  Looking for guaranteed crowd-free shores and glistening blue water?  Look no further!  Here’s our guide to Europe’s award winning and highly acclaimed beaches – all with blue flag status.Rabbit Beach – SicilyVoted best beach in the world in Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s ... Read more

Ten excellent reasons to book an autumn getaway

If you've got some holiday left over but you're planning on sitting on it until something better comes along, don't. Here at Columbus Direct, we urge you to seize the day and make the most of the big wide world - and here are ten reasons why you should book that autumn break. 1) Apart from various ... Read more

The world's most terrifying airport landings

OK, OK - we'll admit that the title of this article is a little misleading. Air travel is safe - thrilling, high-powered and often awe-inspiring - but safe. However, that doesn't mean that us mere mortals can't marvel at some of the 'terrifying' aspects of air travel, which most pilots probably fin... Read more

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