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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

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 ... 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

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 ... 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. Li... 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

The top 5 Gap Year destinations

So, you’re not going to university this summer. It’s not the end of the world; in fact, the whole world has just opened up for you. You’ve bought yourself a year of freedom! You can go anywhere! Do anything! Taking a gap year is the perfect way to banish those niggling fears about (whisper it) real... Read more

Giving uni a miss this year? Here are the best places to take a Gap Year in 2016

So, let's get this straight - you've decided you'd like to see the world before knuckling down to three years of university education. But you're not sure where to go. Thanks to the magic of online surveys, interviews and careful analysis, travel company Real Gap Experience have found that, predict... Read more

Over 12m Brits predicted to take a winter holiday

According to ABTA, over 12 million Brits are set to take a winter holiday during the coming months. ABTA's research suggests that around 43% of people interviewed are planning a winter break to feel the sun on their faces - and 18% of (possibly more adventurous) people are planning a winter sports ... Read more

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