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Mules are fools - Brits urged to consider the consequences of drug crimes

New advice from the FCO has hammered home the message that being a drugs mule is, well, utterly bonkers. Every year, Brits are putting themselves at risk of arrest or imprisonment for drug-related offending. There has been an increase in arrests over the past year, and the Foreign and Commonwealth ... Read more

A parental guide to holiday romances

Ah, holiday romances. The domain of a million teenage romance novels and normally the reason why you hear "But, Dad, I love him!" being screamed at any European airport over the summer. If you're about to jet off on an autumn break and you're a bit concerned that your boy-crazy (or, indeed, girl-cr... 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

Travel advice for fans travelling to Australia for the ICC Cricket World Cup

If you're travelling to the ICC Cricket World Cup this spring, you'll be aware that it's a hectic time for a cricket fan. The tournament runs from February 14 - March 28, and 49 one-day international matches will be played. That's a lot of games. So, without any further ado, here's what to check be... Read more

The in-flight films no airline should ever show

There's some in-flight entertainment that nobody should have to sit through. Repeat offenders include Ice Age (please don't try and defend it by referencing the squirrel and the nut, that argument carries absolutely no water), the desperately unfunny Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and, for some obscure ... Read more

World Malaria Day: What is it, and how can you avoid catching it?

Here's the lowdown on the killer disease that around 2,000 UK travellers contract every year. What is malaria? Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes; it can be fatal if not caught and treated in time. Those infected are dealing with a parasite in their blood; an intermittent f... Read more

5 essential first aid tips you should know before going on holiday

Holidays are a time for rest and relaxation, but would you know what to do if something went wrong? Here are five key pieces of advice that you should know before you leave for your summer holidays; make sure that you're familiar with them. They could end up saving a life. 1. Know how to call an a... Read more

Top tips to ensure you stay safe this festival season

Festival season's almost here - but the fun isn't just limited to the UK. There's so much going on in other countries - and we want to make sure you're always safe, and ready to have fun. We've put together some guidelines which cover the best practices for avoiding theft, injury and illness while ... Read more

Doors to manual: What was working as cabin crew in the 1970s and 1980s like?

Even though we’re all still fascinated by the world of air travel, who doesn’t wonder about the glamour of yesteryear? We’ve spoken to two members of cabin crew who worked in the 1970s and 1980s. Jaqui Perry worked as cabin crew from 1968 to 1971 for British United Airways, which then became Briti... Read more

20 facts about the Rugby World Cup countries that will blow your mind

The Rugby World Cup is almost upon us (it kicks off on the 18th), and until the end of October, the UK will be, quite frankly, rugby-mad. There are 20 teams taking place in the tournament, and in the name of being a supportive host and maybe assuaging any homesickness, we've come up with 20 facts a... Read more

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