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The World’s Most Barren but Beautiful Landscapes

The words barren and beautiful don’t immediately seem to make very comfortable bedfellows, but when it comes to landscapes they fit like hand in glove. There are great expanses of landscape all over the world that at first glance appear to be just barren wilderness, but move in closer and there is a... 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

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

Top 5 Football Injuries and The Cost for Treatment in Brazil

With Brits buying over 38,000 tickets to the World Cup, it is expected that thousands will be jetting off to sunny Brazil this June. Kick-off is just a few weeks away so leading travel insurance specialist, Columbus Direct, has looked at the top football injuries and how much it would cost for treat... Read more

Foreign Travel Insurance: Caution and Common Sense for Holidays in Brazil

Brazil’s popularity as a holiday destination continues to grow rapidly, as the hosts of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics, and record numbers of tourists have visited over the past 10 years. From golden sands to stunning lagoons and mountain forests, even a casual walk out of the cities will... Read more

Press release: Columbus Volcano Update

Columbus Direct Give Joy To Passengers Halted By Volcano Columbus Direct have provided a little comfort to its customers whose holiday plans have been disrupted by the grounding of flights due to the Icelandic Volcano, offering both trip delay and trip abandonment compensation. While the BBC, amon... Read more

Adonis: Airports could open Tuesday

Transport Secretary Lord Adonis has suggested that UK airports might re-open on Tuesday: Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said Met Office reports of a "dramatic reduction in volcanic activity on Monday morning" meant it might be possible to open airspace on Tuesday if the reduction was sustained. ... Read more

Scottish Airspace To Reopen

Scottish airspace is due to reopen from 0700 BST on Tuesday, according to the air traffic control body NATS: In a statement, Nats added: "Assuming there are no further significant ash emissions, we are now looking at a continuously improving situation. "This is a dynamic and changing situation a... Read more

Northern England Flying Returns

The area of the UK whose airspace will be re-opened at 0700 BST on Tuesday does not just include Scotland and Northern Ireland but part of the north of England too.  NATS have declared on their website that the area north of a notional line between Blackpool and Teeside will also have its airspace o... Read more

Some flights resume

Parts of European airspace re-opened this morning and the first new flights started to take off: Planes have been departing from Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam and Frankfurt - though many flights are cancelled. There are hopes that many routes within Europe will be able to resume operations on Tuesday... Read more

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