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Top Ski Destinations

Top Ten European Resorts Despite the decline in the overall number of British skiers visiting France, French ski resorts remained the most popular in Europe for 2010/2011 (Ski Horizon) Resort Name Ski Lifts Season Start Season End Adults 6 Day Lift Pass * Morzine 67 Dec Apr 15... Read more

Avalanche Dangers

Avalanches are a way of life in the mountains. There are many risk factors but, if you take note of some sensible pointers, you will have minimised any risk as much as you possibly can. Avalanches occur because snow is deposited in successive layers during the winter and then, subsequently, one lay... Read more

Job confidence leads to more Brits making time for holidays

It looks like we're ending the year on a high, as recent research has suggested that Brits' confidence in their job security has led to a boom in holiday bookings. This is just one of the positive findings in the latest Holiday Confidence Index from First Rate Exchange Services. According to the s... Read more

Qatar Airways named the 'Airline of the Year'

Congratulations are in order for Qatar Airways; the Middle-Eastern airline has scooped the prestigious 'Airline of the Year' award at the annual World Airline Awards, which took place at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday. After losing the coveted number one spot to Cathay Pacific last year, Qatar are b... Read more

16 of the most remote and beautiful places you can visit: Part 2

Welcome to the second part of our blog looking at the most remote and beautiful places on the planet. Some of these exotic locations seem to be places that time and progress simply forgot, or at the very least, they've been left behind. Much of their beauty comes from their isolation, and those wh... Read more

Sexism and travel: ABTA's guide to cultural differences and staying safe abroad

Columbus Direct has spoken to ABTA about cultural differences, and how you can avoid coming unstuck during your summer holiday by following a few simple rules. If you're reading this in the UK, you'll be aware that as a rule, we're a pretty tolerant country. However, there are some countries where ... Read more

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

The top 20 resorts for worldwide skiing injuries

With the ski season in full swing and February half term approaching, we've developed an interactive fracture map showing the ski resorts which have the most accidents resulting in bone fractures. We've taken a look at ski resorts worldwide and mapped out where the most injuries take place. How, yo... Read more

When travel meets art: Wildlife artist Bas Evans shows how jetsetting has shaped his work

Bas Evans has been a wildlife artist for over 20 years, and during that time, his work has taken him all over the globe. Widely recognised as one of the world’s most highly acclaimed wildlife and nature artists, his work receives recognition from museums, galleries, art critics and collectors alike... Read more

Off piste Skiing and Avalanche Dangers

Avalanches are a way of life in the mountains. There are many risk factors but, if you take note of some sensible pointers, you will have minimised any risk as much as you possibly can.Avalanches occur because snow is deposited in successive layers during the winter and then, subsequently, one layer... Read more

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