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Safety on the Slopes

Skiing and snowboarding are fantastic fun and great exercise but safety precautions are paramount whether you're a seasoned professional or a beginner. We've put together some safety tips that will hopefully help your winter holiday be the thrilling experience you hoped for. Be aware of all mount... Read more

Ski Safety with Chemmy Alcott

Our favourite Winter Olympian, Chemmy Alcott, said in our last post how her passion pushes her to go up against the dangers involved in Alpine Skiing, and she’s been up against plenty of obstacles, including another leg break recently in late August. “Despite having broken my leg 164 days out from t... Read more

BBQs and home safety

The sun is finally (sporadically) out, people are going on their lunchbreaks without their jackets and there's a mad rush on baps. It can only mean one thing: it's almost barbecue time! There's nothing we Brits like more in the summer months - apart from burning ourselves stupid in the midday su... Read more

Columbus Direct looks at the funniest airline safety videos

Even though we love seeing cabin crew take us through in-flight safety instructions (the part with the red toggles on the lifejacket is a particular favourite), we have a lot of time for in-flight safety videos. Especially when they're done well. Airlines have recently become wise to the fact that ... Read more

Parenting bloggers reveal their top tips for keeping kids safe on holiday

When it comes to keeping your children safe on holiday, you don't want to be a helicopter parent - but sometimes it's good to speak to other parents and pick up some tips.  We've spoken to some fabulous parenting bloggers about their experiences; here are some of their ways to keep everyone safe on... Read more

Schumacher's accident having little effect on winter sports fans

Despite the widespread reporting of Michael Schumacher’s recent accident and subsequent head injury, winter sports enthusiasts are still playing roulette with their lives. We surveyed 3,500 of our customers, and found that over a third (34%) of people would not wear a helmet while on the slopes. Ho... Read more

Take care of yourself on the slopes with the Safe Skiing Code

The safety of yourself and others is paramount if you ski or snowboard - even if you're at home and comfortable on the slopes. Accidents can happen in an instant, and even though you might feel happy and confident on your skis and board, it's always best to bear in mind that others may not be. Whic... Read more

Essential life hacks for keeping babies and toddlers safe in the sun

Holidays are so important. We save for them, plan them and keep our fingers crossed that everything will be perfect. However, accidents and illnesses can happen anywhere, and can be more complicated when you're away from your home environment. A few basic precautions and advanced packing can make a... Read more

How to drive safely abroad

Even if you're an experienced driver, the thought of hiring a car and driving abroad can be a bit scary. Things change. The side of the road you drive on, how you negotiate roundabouts, and even where you're sat in the car; it's no wonder some people are apprehensive before they set off. However, t... Read more

Columbus Direct debunks the top holiday myths

We've taken a look at some travel-related myths and looked at whether you should pay any attention to them or not. If you've ever had a holiday fear which you think is irrational, we'll put you straight here. Is it safe to swim after eating? Sorry, parents - that old 'wait an hour' rule is dead in... Read more

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