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Take care of yourself on the slopes with the Safe Skiing Code

The safety of yourself and others is paramount if you ski or snowboard - even if you're at home and comfortable on the slopes. Accidents can happen in an instant, and even though you might feel happy and confident on your skis and board, it's always best to bear in mind that others may not be. Which... Read more

Avalanche Dangers

Avalanches are a way of life in the mountains. There are many risk factors but, if you take note of some sensible pointers, you will have minimised any risk as much as you possibly can. Avalanches occur because snow is deposited in successive layers during the winter and then, subsequently, one lay... Read more

New warnings issued for motorists hiring cars abroad

If you're going abroad after June 8 and you'd like to hire a car, you may need a special code if you'd like to get behind the wheel. After June 8, the paper part of your licence - the bit that holds endorsements and fines - is being computerised, and in order to show other countries that you've got ... Read more

Dress etiquette around the world

When travelling, there are so many things to remember to do before you go. Most of us remember to buy travel insurance and sort out our spending money, but it's also important to remember that the countries you'll be visiting might have their own dress codes which must be adhered to. This is particu... Read more

Off piste Skiing and Avalanche Dangers

Avalanches are a way of life in the mountains. There are many risk factors but, if you take note of some sensible pointers, you will have minimised any risk as much as you possibly can.Avalanches occur because snow is deposited in successive layers during the winter and then, subsequently, one layer... Read more

Ski and snowboard theft: How can you protect yourself?

Having your kit stolen or damaged is bound to put a dampener on your winter sports holiday - so how can you protect yourself? The Ski Club of Great Britain has done some research into winter sports theft, and discovered that one in eight people - that’s 13% of winter sports holidaymakers - have had... Read more

Patrick Smith of Ask The Pilot answers all your questions

Patrick Smith is a hero. Well, we like to think so anyway. Whether you're obsessed with all matters aviation or you're a slightly nervous flier, his book, Cockpit Confidential, has all the answers to the questions that have preyed on your mind during a flight. Is turbulence normal? Does autopilot f... Read more

Escape from the General Election 2015 at the world's remotest locations

If you can't take another minute of politicians leering out of the TV at you (sorry, Ed, that voice - it's too much, even for us), you'd better hold on - Election 2015 fever is picking up, and it'll be making headlines for the next month or so as the victor settles in, and the loser licks their woun... Read more

Sexism and travel: ABTA's guide to cultural differences and staying safe abroad

Columbus Direct has spoken to ABTA about cultural differences, and how you can avoid coming unstuck during your summer holiday by following a few simple rules. If you're reading this in the UK, you'll be aware that as a rule, we're a pretty tolerant country. However, there are some countries where y... Read more

That's entertainment: What's working on a cruise ship really like?

Michael Grant has spent a decade on cruise ships, entertaining passengers and sailing the high seas. But is life on a cruise ship as glamorous and carefree as it sounds? We managed to grab ten minutes with Michael to find out what the job's really like. When did you start working on cruise ships? I'... Read more