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Northern Wonderland

NASA predicts that 2013 will be the best time in the next 50 years to see the Northern Lights, so we’re taking a look at three very different holidays where you can experience the spectacular night skies of the Aurora Borealis. Hot and Steamy... Get steamy in the hot springs in Alaska – you’ll have... Read more

Ski and Snowboard Show 2013 with Chemmy Alcott

Highlights of Chemmy at the Ski and Snowboard Show at Earl's Court, London, October 30th 2013 http://youtu.be/ZxDGL7G0iBE In Chemmy Alcott’s most important year of her career, her focus on the 2014 Sochi Olympics is like a clamped crocodile’s jaw. Her determination and fight are steely as she face... 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

Ten facts about Lapland that you may not have known

Heading off to Lapland this Christmas? Lucky you. The domain of elves, reindeer, festive magic and that little known 'Santa' character, the largest and northernmost region of Finland is beloved by families the world over for being the epitome of Christmas spirit. If you're whisking your family off... Read more

The Ultimate List of Cruise Holidays

Cruise holidays have evolved. The landscape of uninterested couples sipping martinis has slid off the dance floor and into folklore. Those of us who are cruise virgins can now be incentivised not only by the fact that you pay up-front (and therefore stick to a budget) but that you can experience eve... Read more

Travellers may be asked for credit card instead of EHIC card, warns EU Commission

Some Columbus Direct customers have experienced issues using EHIC cards in SpainLondon 31 May 2013 – A year ago this month, Columbus Direct warned British travellers that the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card may not be enough to cover their medical expenses if they fall ill in countries su... Read more

Ten Famous Landmarks – You’ve (probably) Never Heard Of

Some of you will look at this title and immediately think it is a contradiction of terms. After all, the definition of the word famous is ‘known by many’. However, these are landmarks known by many who live next to them or in the same area; just their fame hasn't stretched much further. With that in... Read more

The FCO looks at 2015's travel trends

What's new for travel in 2015? The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has made some prediction for travel trends this year - so here's what you can expect... Affluent travellers will stop being so cautious: Cautious optimism is so out; well, for the better-off traveller, anyway. In 2014, people to... Read more

How to stay safe when visiting 2015’s hottest destinations

Heading abroad this year? Make sure you read this first. We've taken a look at some of the potential risks associated with the top destinations for 2015, listed in ABTA’s latest Travel Trends Report. However, before we begin assessing the risks, what are the top travel destinations for 2015? Aust... Read more

Ten unusual Easter traditions from around the world

With Easter weekend fast approaching, millions of us are planning to leave the UK to enjoy a quick break. We've given Easter a bit of thought recently, and we've come to the conclusion that it's not all bunnies and chocolate. Traditions around the world vary wildly from country to country; here are... Read more

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