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Columbus Direct debunks the top holiday myths

We've taken a look at some travel-related myths and looked at whether you should pay any attention to them or not. If you've ever had a holiday fear which you think is irrational, we'll put you straight here. Is it safe to swim after eating? Sorry, parents - that old 'wait an hour' rule is dead in... Read more

Passports myths debunked: Do I need to renew my passport?

Dear Columbus Direct, My parents live in Spain, and have invited my two grown-up children (18 and 19) and I out to join them in the middle of April, returning at the end of April. My children's passports expire in early May. I think I may have left it a bit late to renew them on their behalf, but d... Read more

A hotel concierge reveals what he really thinks about his guests

Long hours, irate customers, lots of pressure and the occasional fistfight; what's it really like working in a hotel? We've been speaking to the concierge of a well-known London hotel, and he's revealed what it's really like to be the face - and brain - of a huge establishment. "Firstly, I'd like ... Read more

How powerful is your passport?

Just how powerful is your passport? Passport Index has listed every single passport in the world and ranked them according to how powerful each passport is - so, essentially, how many countries you can visit visa-free. The top three countries aren't too surprising - the US, the UK and South Korea ... Read more

Stay alert for Heathrow's ghostly visitors this summer

You'd probably think that Heathrow is the last place to see a ghost - but you'd be wrong. Yes, it's the world's third-busiest airport and more than 70 million passengers pass through every year, but if you catch yourself feeling ill-at-ease or walking through a cold spot, stay alert. It's probably ... Read more