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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

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

Where's hot in October?

Whether you're booking a family break for half term or you're seeking a five-day getaway to escape the chill, here are the places you should be looking at. We can't guarantee sun, but there's a very good chance you'll encounter blue skies, beach-friendly weather and warm seas. Dubai, United Arab Em... Read more

Qatar Airways named the 'Airline of the Year'

Congratulations are in order for Qatar Airways; the Middle-Eastern airline has scooped the prestigious 'Airline of the Year' award at the annual World Airline Awards, which took place at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday. After losing the coveted number one spot to Cathay Pacific last year, Qatar are b... Read more

Christopher Evans wins the Columbus Direct award for Most Valued Player

The winner of the Columbus Direct award for Most Valued Player for the 2015/2016 season is Christopher Evans of Sutton and Cheam – otherwise known as Robo to many of his opponents, friends and team mates. Christopher, 41, is a 25-year veteran of Sutton’s British Water Polo League team, and he conti... Read more

Crisis worsens in Thailand as flood waters near Bangkok

Britain’s Foreign Office yesterday (Wednesday 26th October) warned against all but essential travel to Bangkok after the worst flood crises for nearly 60 years is set to worsen. Run off water from Thailand’s flooded central plains is heading for the capital and mixed with seasonal high tides will m... Read more

Travel delays possible as snow, ice and gales hit the UK

The Met Office has warned that the UK could be hit by severe gales on Wednesday and Thursday, which could cause travel delays, cancellations, and potentially power cuts. 'Raw' gale force winds, snow and ice are expected to batter the UK, and it's even been suggested that coastal areas could be affe... 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

Turkey Earthquake: Update

At least seven people have been killed in an earthquake in Turkey less than three weeks after a massive tremor devastated the city and killed more than 600 The quake in the eastern province of Van has reportedly demolished another 25 buildings that had been damaged in last month's incident, includi... Read more

What are Europe's best spas?

For centuries, thermal spa pools have been hailed for their health benefits, alleviating and in some cases, curing, an assortment of ailments. With a composition that includes myriad essential minerals, even the healthiest people could feel rejuvenated after a quick dip. No wonder spa breaks are so ... Read more

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