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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 ... Read more

20 things that Brits don't know about Aussies

Us Brits like to think we know our Aussie counterparts well - but we've spoken to a few Antipodeans who have lived or worked with Brits Down Under, and it seems we're not quite as switched on as we'd make out. Here is some advice for Brits heading to Australia for the first time - ignore these hint... 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 partic... Read more

Ten weird and wonderful facts about Japanese culture

The Japanese culture can be frustrating for some, and fascinating for many, depending on the experiences we encounter in this conservative but highly modernised nation. The degree of cultural differences also varies based on your country of origin, but it is still interesting to know these facets no... Read more

Brits shun clothes, cars and meals out in favour of seeing the world

New research has shown what we've known all along - us Brits are a travel-savvy lot, and we value seeing the world over new shoes, clothes and cars. Well, that's according to the people at Momondo. Their new study has revealed that 21% of 1,000 Brits surveyed prefer to spend their spare cash on hol... Read more

Funny TripAdvisor reviews: Part 2

We've witnessed tourists' rage at Buckingham Palace and The Louvre, and now it's time to see which other cultural attractions they've decided to desecrate (in written form, via TripAdvisor). You can catch up with part 1 here. Travel is great because it's unpredictable; best-made plans will go awry,... Read more

Top 5 Columbus Day Celebrations

It’s Columbus Day on October 12th and Christopher Columbus’ crossing of the Atlantic is celebrated in many cultures and in many forms. The explorer’s heritage means you can immerse yourself in Italian culture in San Francisco’s 145th Italian Heritage Parade, or you can dance Salsa all week in the to... Read more

ABTA Reveals Britons Ideal Holiday Choices

The British public have voted for their favourite holiday choices and sunning themselves on the beach and the family as ideal company have come out on top. Second most popular are city breaks and travelling with your partner and third, cultural breaks and friends tagging along. The results were rele... Read more

Up and coming destinations for 2013

Up and coming destinations for 2013… We’re taking a look at the up and coming destinations that have set the travel industry abuzz for 2013 – get in before the tourist hoards for unspoilt beaches and a more authentic travel experience – you could bag a bargain too… Manmar British travellers have ... Read more

The best bars in Spain

One of the best value destinations for holidaying has to be Spain; the amount of sun and fun you get for your money makes it a choice destination for British holidaymakers of all ages. If you've opted for a package holiday, you’ll certainly get a lot of sun, sea, sangria and tapas for a surprisingl... Read more

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