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200 killed as a result of heavy monsoon rains in Thailand

A culmination of two months of heavy monsoon rain has claimed the lives of over 200 people in Thailand. Since mid-July heavy rains have now affected 58 of Thailand’s 78 provinces – 25 being badly hit. Farmers land has been submerged and rivers at breaking point, with more heavy rains forecast from... Read more

Crisis worsens in Thailand as flood waters near Bangkok

Britain’s Foreign Office yesterday (Wednesday 26th October) warned against all but essential travel to Bangkok after the worst flood crises for nearly 60 years is set to worsen. Run off water from Thailand’s flooded central plains is heading for the capital and mixed with seasonal high tides will m... Read more

Top spots for some winter sun

The best thing for getting through the British winter, arguably, is getting away from it for a week or so. Even the driving rain doesn't seem so bad when you know you've got a half-packed suitcase at home containing suntan lotion, flip flops and a beach towel. If that sounds like a good plan, then h... Read more

How to make the most of two weeks in Asia

The Asian Trail starts in Thailand, and slowly snakes its way up to Laos, passing through Vietnam and the temples of Angkor Wat before finally going back to Thailand, where people go to party in the Thai islands to the south and then move on to Singapore and Malaysia. The biggest crowds come to the ... Read more

Staff Picks for winter sun getaways

Here at Columbus HQ we love to travel, so if you need some inspiration for a winter sun destination for 2014, why not take a look at our staff picks for winter warmers from the tropical shores of Thailand to the Vegas strip…it'll have you thinking of warm white sand between your toes in no time. Lin... Read more

Eight unusual wine making regions around the world

Think wine and, most of us anyway, immediately think of the major wine producing countries such as France, Spain and Italy. Those who think of themselves as modern connoisseurs may think Australia, America and Chile. The fact is that there are very few countries who don't produce wine now, and they ... Read more

The best anti-Valentine’s Day trips for successful singletons

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and it’s just as tedious as ever. If you’d like to celebrate not being tied down and you want to take a trip to toast your fancy-free lifestyle (or just look forlornly into the distance and drink on a beach somewhere), here are the best locations to jet off to. Just r... Read more

Great holiday ideas to get away from it all

The daily commute and demands of juggling a hectic social and family life can leave you in the doldrums at this grey old time of year.  What you need is a pick-me-up – so what about planning a getaway that’s both rejuvenating and good for the soul, to set you back on track?  Here are a few of our f... Read more

12 of the Strangest Food Events Around the World - Pt 1

Food's great. And there's so much of the delicious stuff available around the world, it's no wonder that food's such a passion for most of us. Many want to combine this love of food with our holidays, and whether you're interested in food festivals, food holidays or food events, the following are a ... Read more

The 10 Most Iconic Beaches in The World

A beach is just a stretch of sand by the sea or ocean, but iconic beaches are so much more than a slip of white sand. These beaches have gained their iconic status for various reasons; appearing in classic films, being the beaches everyone wants to visit, or simply for having a reputation that every... Read more

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