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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

Tune in to Barcelona in Summer 2012

With its sandy beaches and chilled out city culture, Barcelona makes for an ideal summer break. And with no Glastonbury this year, there’s no better time to head off, as it plays host to acts as diverse as Bob Dylan, Dizzee Rascal, De La Soul and The Horrors at Benicassim and Primavera Sound festiva... Read more

16 of the most remote and beautiful places you can visit: Part 1

We all want different things from our travel experiences in terms of entertainment, culture and seeing what life's like in other parts of the world. There are those, however, who want to veer as far off the well-beaten tourist track as possible, and visit the most remote places that are both access... 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

The Donkey Sanctuary urges UK tourists to take steps against animal cruelty this summer

Travel can open your eyes to the world in ways you've never expected - and you may, occasionally, see some sights which may not sit easily with you. Tourists will often come across donkeys on holiday, but is their work in the tourism trade causing them to suffer? We decided to speak to The Donkey ... Read more