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The great outdoors

Rumour has it, Spring is here…Time to head in to the sunshine for a UK break, before the inevitable Summer wash out arrives.  Here are our top picks for a great weekend staycation: Whether you’re a budding Masterchef or simply have a hankering for home baking, there are plenty of food festivals spr... Read more

Columbus Direct backs Swiss ski resort which has banned Saint Bernard selfies

We're delighted to hear that the ski resort of Zermatt in Switzerland is in the process of banning tourists taking pictures with Saint Bernards. These snaps have always been a must-have souvenir in Zermatt, but the Swiss Animal Protection Agency has recently raised concerns that former search and r... Read more

Disneyland: Why you're never too old

Disneyworld, Universal Studios, Everland - it's all for kids, right? Well that's where you're plain wrong. Theme park resorts are designed to be fun, thrilling and entertaining for people of all ages, which means any adult has every right to enjoy a rollercoaster ride or an encounter with Mickey Mou... Read more

12 of the Strangest Food Events Around the World - Pt 1

Food's great. And there's so much of the delicious stuff available around the world, it's no wonder that food's such a passion for most of us. Many want to combine this love of food with our holidays, and whether you're interested in food festivals, food holidays or food events, the following are a... Read more

Enough outdoor activities to fill your boots in Los Cabos

It’s that time of year when you need to refresh your attitude by getting outdoors and partaking in a challenging activity. In Los Cabos at the tip of the Baja Peninsulav in Mexico they have 300 to 350 days of sunshine a year and you really can keep yourself busy here. There are more outdoor activiti... Read more

Thrill seekers series 1: Olympic sport holidays

Our pursuit for new highs has caused the demand for adventure holidays and extreme sports to boom – we need to feel alive again and what better way to do it than to flirt with danger. So if you’re an adrenaline junkie or just prefer to live life on the edge (literally), then you’re probably quite s... Read more

The best things to do in Skiathos this summer

A small Greek island with around 6,000 residents and over 50 beaches, Skiathos has long been a honeymooners favourite. It's not a party town, but it's definitely one of the Med's hidden gems, as there's plenty to do and see, whether you're a fan of sporty pursuits, historical trips of just finding a... Read more

Which countries should be on your bucket list?

If you’re new to travelling and you’d like to see the world, you’re probably wondering where to start first. We’ve asked some seasoned backpackers about their favourite holiday destinations, and why they love them so much; so, if you’re looking for ideas, here are the countries and places that they... Read more

Student travel insurance: What you need to know before you leave

You’re off on holiday! Excellent news. You don’t need us to tell you that you’re going to have a fantastic time. The world is yours for the taking, and travel’s a great way to relax while you study. The trip’s bound to be fun, inspiring, and hugely exciting – especially if it’s your first time away.... Read more

Philippine Volcano Mount Mayon 'in deadly eruption'

7 May 2013 Last updated at 04:52 GMT A volatile volcano has erupted in the Philippines, with at least five people reported dead. Mount Mayon has erupted dozens of times since records began.Mount Mayon, 330km (206 miles) south-east of the capital Manila, sent a cloud of ash and rocks into the sky ea... Read more

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