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The cheapest times to book your winter getaway

Booking a winter break can be a fraught affair; yes, it's a bit cheaper than jetting off in the summer, but everyone else has had the same idea. How frustrating. However, there are ways to bag a break for a bargain... Flight comparison site Skyscanner has been doing some research, and they've worke... Read more

Part one of the complete guide to driving Route 66

It's a dream for so many people: travelling along the fabled Route 66 in a Mustang convertible, the sun setting, the mountains casting dreamy shadows over the dusty prairies and gentle country music providing the perfect soundtrack to this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Or something like that. A re... Read more

The FCO and ABI launches Travel Insurance Awareness campaign

Buying travel insurance can be tricky, especially if you have an existing medical condition. It's hard to know what to declare, and what can remain personal - and The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Association of British Insurers have decided to launch a campaign to provide clarity... Read more

Hotel which fined couple for leaving negative review under investigation

A hotel in Blackpool that took £100 from a couple's credit card after they wrote a negative review about them is being investigated by Trading Standards. The Broadway Hotel, which is ranked on TripAdvisor as Blackpool's 858th most popular hotel out of 894, has received 147 'terrible' reviews, and 2... Read more

The best films about holidays which went slightly awry

Packing for a trip at the moment? Good good; don't let us stop you. Here at Columbus Direct, obviously, we're massive fans of travel - but we can't resist a film where the trip takes a funny, surreal or downright dangerous turn. You may have guessed this by our fondness for Airplane!, which we stil... Read more

The FCO's essential checklist for a romantic break away

If you're going away this weekend, have a wonderful time - but don't forget to give this handy checklist a quick once-over before you leave. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has come up with some handy hints and tips for lovers jetting off for a romantic weekend - so here's how to ensure your ... Read more

Should I stay with Airbnb? Two travellers share very different stories

Have you stayed with Airbnb? What was your experience like? Since its launch in 2008, Airbnb has been a traveller staple - people can avoid the sky-high costs of a hotel and enjoy more privacy and space than at a hostel by staying in their host's spare room or vacated apartment. Of course, this com... Read more

The top ten reasons why staycations are rubbish

In case you haven't heard, there's a three-month heatwave predicted, and there's been a flurry of people triumphantly crowing about spending two weeks in the garden lying on a picnic rug. We say 'Beware' to these people; here are ten watertight reasons why staycations are a bad idea. 1) You will no... Read more

Holidaymakers urged to watch out for fraud scams this summer

If you're booking your holiday online this year, make sure you're aware of the scams out there that could set you back thousands of pounds. According to a new report by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau section of the City of London Police, around £2.2m was stolen from unsuspecting holidaymake... Read more

How to hunt down a bargain bank holiday break

Finding that elusive bank holiday bargain break - it sounds great, doesn't it, but how easy is it to find a bargain in today's world of cut-price breaks and 'once in a lifetime deals'? For so many people, finding that cheap break stops being so cheap as soon as they add up the cost of hotels, food,... Read more

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