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Londoners and Welsh most likely to claim for lost bags and medical expenses

We've been busy conducting some research into what people in different parts of the UK are most likely to claim for - and Londoners and the Welsh are topping the list for lost bags and medical claims. People living in South West London are the most likely to claim for baggage which has been lost, st... 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 British... Read more

Life as a pilot: What’s working for easyJet like?

Steve Hochkins has been working for easyJet for twelve and a half years, and has worked as a professional pilot for 33 years. His career in aviation started with the Air Cadets when he was 13, and very soon after joining he realised he’d like to be a pilot. Post A-levels, he joined the RAF, where he... Read more

Chalet host life: What's it like?

Emily, 27, is a primary school teacher these days, but during the winter of 2010 and the spring of 2011 she worked in Val d’Isere as a chalet host for six months. She was 21 when she took the job, and although she loves her life as a teacher, she looks back fondly on her days of serving tea in bed t... Read more

Barcelona guide for Brits who want to live like locals

Travel blogger Justine Ancheta is an authority when it comes to Barcelona. She’s been living there since September 2008, and started her blog, Latitude 41, in December 2013. Originally from Southern California, Justine studied in Seville, and loved Spain so much that she vowed to return. When her hu... Read more

Chemmy Alcotts 19th Place Feels like Gold

Thanking her right leg on Twitter, Chemmy Alcott let Great Britain know just how happy she is with her final Olympic downhill run, “19th is a gold for me. Anyone who has followed what I've been through will understand that.” To get a top 20 place at Sochi after recovering from two leg breaks, the la... 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

New research shows it's Brits who are most likely to hog sunbeds on holiday

When it comes to sunbed-hogging, German people have always (unfairly) taken a huge amount of flak - the jokes about them rising at 5am to covertly lay their towels over the sunbeds have been doing the rounds for years. However, the joke's on us now, as new research has suggested it's Brits who are t... Read more

Women more likely to suffer from 'holiday stress', according to new research

There's no denying that getting a holiday off the ground can be pretty tough - there's lots of preparation behind the scenes to ensure everything goes well. From getting everyone packed and ready to go to getting to the airport on time, things can get tense - and there's a new study which suggests t... Read more

What’s life like as an air traffic controller?

For most of us, air traffic control is a bit of a mystery. People we don’t know sit in a tower at the airport or in a control centre, guiding planes from their parking spaces and throughout their flight. But what’s the job like? Is it stressful? What kind of people make the best controllers - and is... Read more

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