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Help Columbus make a difference this Christmas

This Christmas, we’re joining with both Rainbow Trust children’s charity and Crisis, who work with homeless people, to raise vital funds at what can be a difficult time of year for those in need. We’re inviting you to help us make a difference, by making sure we reach our target of £1,000 for each c... Read more

Give your pets a helping hand this fireworks season

Many pets are nervous at the sound of the booming fireworks that light up the night sky this time of year, with some even needing to receive medical care during these stressful times. If you’re worried about your pet, then try some of our suggestions: Small Pets - Bring hutches/cages in to a quiet... Read more

Help Children like Chloe this Christmas

This Christmas, Columbus has teamed up with both Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity and Crisis to help raise £1,000 for each charity by Friday 21st December; money which can really help them carry out their valuable work. To lend your support, simply Like Columbus Direct on Facebook and we'll give a ... Read more

The IATA formalises rescue fares to help stranded passengers

Have you ever been stranded because your airline collapsed? If so, here's some good news to round of the week - members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have agreed to offer discount 'rescue' fares to travellers who are unable to travel because their airline has gone out of bus... Read more

How can tourists help stray cats abroad?

If you’re heading somewhere hot this year, there’s a good chance that your hotel, apartment or villa will have a local cat - maybe even a handful. And if you’re an animal lover, you’ll quickly become attached. You’ll feed them every day, pet them, and leave out water. You may even consider bringing ... Read more

Help conservation groups save the slow loris this summer

With their huge eyes and soft fur, there is no doubt that the slow loris is an incredibly sweet-looking animal. This cuteness, however, has led them to fall victim to unimaginable cruelties as they become increasingly popular as pets - and the boom in cheap worldwide travel has made them unwilling ... Read more

How can tourists visiting Spain help end bullfighting?

It’s only natural to want to immerse yourself in a country’s traditions when you’re a tourist; however, what if those traditions clash with your own views? People visiting Spain are often a little shocked by the country’s attitude to pastimes – and there’s one sport in particular which gets them ta... Read more

Four easy tips to help you move abroad

Lots of Brits find the idea of moving to a foreign country incredibly exciting. The prospect of experiencing life in an exotic new place can be extremely tempting. According to estimates from 2015, between 4.5 and 5.5 million UK citizens have moved abroad – that’s 7-8% of the country’s total popula... Read more

FCO: Help for British nationals stranded abroad

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has put together a page with advice and information for people stranded abroad, which can be found here on the FCO site. There is information for British nationals stranded in Europe, including details of ports and ferry operators. There is also inform... Read more

Choosing Skis - Chemmy Alcott helps you find your Ski Personality

What's your ski personality? Do you want 'safe', 'fun' or 'fat boy' skis? Choosing skis can be a bit tricky, so we've asked ex-Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott about the type of skis she recommends, based on the type of fun you’re looking to have. Are you a big mountain skier, a bump skier or do you ju... Read more

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