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Columbus Direct backs Swiss ski resort which has banned Saint Bernard selfies

We're delighted to hear that the ski resort of Zermatt in Switzerland is in the process of banning tourists taking pictures with Saint Bernards. These snaps have always been a must-have souvenir in Zermatt, but the Swiss Animal Protection Agency has recently raised concerns that former search and r... 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

Best Places to Book an Early Ski Holiday

Whilst most of us are scouring the Internet trying to find a late deal to soak up the last of the summer sun, there are many who are already searching for a cooler retreat. Due to various factors the ski season is now longer than ever and it is a lot easier to find great early ski conditions than it... Read more

Strangest wine bars around the world

Wine drinkers are like no other kind of enthusiasts, as they embrace every aspect of the process which makes their beloved vino. They are familiar with the grape, where it is grown, the quality of the vineyards and the best vintages. Wine tourism is massive right now, and true aficionados have take... Read more

France named as the world's best skiing destination

If you're after the perfect skiing break, you don't need to travel for hours; the world's best skiing destination has been named as France. Figures recently released from the Domaines Skiables de France show that the country has more skier days than any other, at 53.9 million. The USA, which came i... Read more

Chemmy Alcotts 19th Place Feels like Gold

Thanking her right leg on Twitter, Chemmy Alcott let Great Britain know just how happy she is with her final Olympic downhill run, “19th is a gold for me. Anyone who has followed what I've been through will understand that.” To get a top 20 place at Sochi after recovering from two leg breaks, the la... 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

Don't pack away those thermals just yet

Updated: 09:33 GMT, 11 February 2013 London wakes up to snow as winter blasts back and could last up to a MONTH Up to four inches of snow fell over parts of the UK overnight London also wakes up to rare heavy dump of snow Snowfall will continue until around midday but will return midweek Fore... Read more

Skiing for beginners: What to expect from your first winter sports holiday

Skiing and snowboarding are two adrenaline-fuelled sports which can be tremendous fun for everyone. Thousands of tourists head to mountain holiday resorts in the likes of France, Switzerland and Canada every year to enjoy a winter sports holiday.Even for beginners, it can represent of one of the hig... 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

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