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Can you spot the three ‘fake’ US federal laws?

We love the US. It’s a friendly, welcoming country which has a huge amount to offer - and there’s so much to explore. The country which brought us Route 66 and some of the best pizzas on earth is also home to a few funny federal laws. So, we thought we’d list some and see if you can spot the ones w... Read more

US north-east braces for historic snowstorm

8 February 2013 Last updated at 03:15 GMT The north-east US coast is braced for a big snowstorm that has already caused hundreds of flight cancellations. The storm is set to cause power cuts and transport chaos as it arrives from the Great Lakes and brings blizzards to parts of New England on Frid... Read more

US spring snow storm moves east after Midwestern havoc

A spring storm that brought as much as 17in (43 cm) of snow to parts of the US Midwest is moving east. Up to ten inches are expected in parts of Pennsylvania, with lesser totals forecast from southern New York to the states of the mid-Atlantic region. The storm was blamed over the weekend for a se... Read more

Ten of the weirdest and most useless baby inventions ever created

With the nation gripped by Royal Baby Fever Part 2 here at Columbus Direct, we have decided to look at ten of the weirdest and most useless baby inventions. These a great way to keep your kids entertained while on holiday. Possibly. We make no promises. Baby Mop If you’re anything like us on hol... Read more

Why you should use Tinder when you travel

 Maybe the title is why you’re reading this; the thought of using Tinder while abroad is just too horrifying to consider. “I’ll meet weirdos,” you think. “I’ll meet people who are after dodgy situations, or I’ll never have the time to meet them, or they’ll have unrealistic expectations.” Relax. Yes,... Read more

Currency cards and the cost of using cash on holiday

We don’t always think about the cost of using cash on holidays but there are pitfalls. It can be harder keeping track of how much you are spending and what exchange rate you are receiving at each withdrawal. Bank transaction fees and ATM cash fees combined with the exchange rate can bring your cash ... Read more

The ultimate mini-guide to Las Vegas

Ever hear the phrase 'What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?' Of course you have; it's common practice for everyone who visits the city to brag relentlessly about their holiday upon their return home, even if they did nothing naughty. For some people, this might be raiding the minibar and replacing ... Read more

Best places to use up your remaining holiday allowance

The end of the year is getting closer and closer, but you still haven't used all your holiday allowance. If you don't use it up, you'll risk losing it altogether. Our solution, you ask? Use it on a holiday. I mean come on, you've been working hard all year, you surely deserve another break? You may... Read more

Tell us your accidental discoveries to win an iPhone 6!

PLEASE NOTE - THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.Congratulations to Kevin Sutch, who won the iPhone6 - you can see his winning entry here.It's competition time here at Columbus Direct - so if you're not quite over #MyDogSelfie yet, read on...In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue - and he discovered Am... Read more

US flights cancelled ahead of 'enormous' snowstorm

A huge snowstorm predicted to hit the north eastern United States has led to thousands of flights being cancelled. Snow is forecast for New York and Boston, as well as surrounding areas. Up to three feet of snow could fall by the end of today. British Airways has cancelled seven flights from Heath... Read more

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