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Giant Hailstones Batter China's Southern Provinces

21 March 2013 Last updated at 15:39 GMT Heavy storms and giant hailstones have left at least nine people dead and caused serious damage across China's southern provinces. The extreme weather is expected to last a few more days and could potentially bring more devastation to the area. Please note ... Read more

Top 3 long weekend breaks for couples

Aw, so you've met someone new? We're delighted for you. Truly, we are. And now you're heading off on your first minibreak! But where to go? Luckily, we have some ideas lined up...SevilleAlthough it doesn't have the same reputation as Paris or Rome when it comes to romance, Seville is actually a wond... Read more

Best of Summer 2012 Beach Destinations

Say NO to a wash out summer! Demand your quota of sunshine and book a summer beach break to one of our top holiday picks for Summer 2012… Costa Brava – This year we’re off to sunny Spain, as the Costa Brava proves there’s more on offer than high rise 70’s hotels, full English breakfasts and lobster... Read more

Top destinations for a ski weekend short break

Why more people don't consider a skiing mini-break is incomprehensible. Honestly. We're stumped. With so many incredible resorts not that far from our doorsteps, a ski break isn't one that needs to be confined to the annual two-week getaway. Imagine telling your colleagues at work that instead of w... Read more

Tornadoes In Georgia And Tennessee Cause Widespread Destruction

30 January 2013 Last updated at 19:21 GMT Columbus Direct customers who have purchased their policies after 30 January, 19.21 GMT will not be covered under the policy for Travel Delay, Abandonment, or Missed Departure as a direct or indirect result of the recent storm in the Southeast and parts of ... Read more

What are Europe's best spas?

For centuries, thermal spa pools have been hailed for their health benefits, alleviating and in some cases, curing, an assortment of ailments. With a composition that includes myriad essential minerals, even the healthiest people could feel rejuvenated after a quick dip. No wonder spa breaks are so ... Read more

Oklahoma tornado: Dozens killed in Moore

21 May 2013 Last updated at 07:08 GMTAt least 91 people, including 20 children, are feared killed by a huge tornado which tore through Oklahoma City suburbs, officials in the US state say.Worst hit was Moore, south of the city, where neighbourhoods were flattened and schools destroyed by winds of up... Read more

What are the most popular types of skiing?

What do you think of when hearing the words 'skiing holiday'? Is it images of getting onto a lift, disembarking at the top, then sliding down a piste-bashed hill on repeat until sundown? If so, that's ignoring the huge depth of option and opportunity that skiing offers. Instead, there is a huge arra... 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

The ultimate guide to the World Ski & Snowboarding Festival

This is the place to push your limits, and show off what you already know. Is it good for snowboarders? We’ve just got two words for you - Monster Boarderstyle. This is an unmissable spectacle of power and style; the bordercross-style race, featuring four daring riders at a time, will leave you br... Read more