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Top 5 Columbus Day Celebrations

It’s Columbus Day on October 12th and Christopher Columbus’ crossing of the Atlantic is celebrated in many cultures and in many forms. The explorer’s heritage means you can immerse yourself in Italian culture in San Francisco’s 145th Italian Heritage Parade, or you can dance Salsa all week in the to... Read more

Check out the winning entry for our Columbus Day competition

When we finally sat down to try and choose a winner for our Columbus Day competition (with an independent adjudicator, of course), we had no idea how hard it would be to pick a winner. We asked you to submit your accidental holiday discoveries, and sifting through the hundreds of incredible entries... Read more

Our Columbus Day competition was a huge success

We've got just one word for you - wow. The standard of entries for our Columbus Day competition was incredible, and we'd like to thank everyone who entered. We received over 100 entries, and when it comes to imagination, you lot don't disappoint. From discoveries that came about due to dodgy satna... Read more

Tell us your accidental discoveries to win an iPhone 6!

PLEASE NOTE - THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.Congratulations to Kevin Sutch, who won the iPhone6 - you can see his winning entry here.It's competition time here at Columbus Direct - so if you're not quite over #MyDogSelfie yet, read on...In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue - and he discovered Am... Read more

Top unexplored parts of the world Part 1

When you are planning a trip, choosing the destination is the most exciting part. Are you looking for a Mediterranean beach holiday, or are you going to explore the mountain top villages of Nepal? Then all that’s left it to pack your walking shoes, get your insurance, change your answering message o... Read more

Top 5 Ski Resorts for March 2016

Daniel Elkan is a freelance ski journalist and founder of Snowcarbon, a website about how to travel to ski resorts by train. He’s passionate about helping people choose the best resorts for their ski holidays – and discovering and researching the best places to ski. We asked him to pick the resorts... Read more

Part one of the complete guide to driving Route 66

It's a dream for so many people: travelling along the fabled Route 66 in a Mustang convertible, the sun setting, the mountains casting dreamy shadows over the dusty prairies and gentle country music providing the perfect soundtrack to this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Or something like that. A re... 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

Twenty-four little-known facts about the Euro 2016 countries

Even if you’re not a football fan, you can’t have missed the build-up to Euro 2016. This Friday, it’s all kicking off – and 24 countries will go head to head to battle for the top spot. There’s such an eclectic mix of countries taking part, we thought it would be good idea to find out some little-k... Read more

Discover the truth about sharks and feel safer in the water this summer

The following situation will be familiar to anyone with an over-active imagination. You've swum a fair way from the beach; the sea is cool and deep, you're enjoying the waves and the sounds from the shore. Maybe a ham and cheese toastie is on the cards for lunch. Hang on - what just brushed your fo... Read more

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