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The Beach vs. Pool Debate: Where's the best place to be?

The debate has raged for decades; it's as divisive as brown sauce (waning in popularity, but still a breakfast staple for many) or Gogglebox (funny or frighteningly dull? The jury is still out). The beach and the pool both have a lot going for them - obviously - but if you're holidaying as a family... Read more

What are Europe's best spas?

For centuries, thermal spa pools have been hailed for their health benefits, alleviating and in some cases, curing, an assortment of ailments. With a composition that includes myriad essential minerals, even the healthiest people could feel rejuvenated after a quick dip. No wonder spa breaks are so ... Read more

Keeping the kids entertained this Easter holiday

Easter is fast approaching, and although a few chocolate-based goodies will keep the kids entertained for a while, you'll only have so long before they start asking what you've got planned for the break. Research has shown that keeping kids entertained during the Easter holidays - with the likes of... Read more

Staff Picks for winter sun getaways

Here at Columbus HQ we love to travel, so if you need some inspiration for a winter sun destination for 2014, why not take a look at our staff picks for winter warmers from the tropical shores of Thailand to the Vegas strip…it'll have you thinking of warm white sand between your toes in no time. Li... Read more

Best of - Award Winning Beaches

Hitting the beach this summer?  Looking for guaranteed crowd-free shores and glistening blue water?  Look no further!  Here’s our guide to Europe’s award winning and highly acclaimed beaches – all with blue flag status.Rabbit Beach – SicilyVoted best beach in the world in Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s ... Read more

Ten of the weirdest and most useless baby inventions ever created

With the nation gripped by Royal Baby Fever Part 2 here at Columbus Direct, we have decided to look at ten of the weirdest and most useless baby inventions. These a great way to keep your kids entertained while on holiday. Possibly. We make no promises. Baby Mop If you’re anything like us on hol... Read more

The ultimate mini-guide to Las Vegas

Ever hear the phrase 'What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?' Of course you have; it's common practice for everyone who visits the city to brag relentlessly about their holiday upon their return home, even if they did nothing naughty. For some people, this might be raiding the minibar and replacing ... Read more

5 Places to Jet to For a Late Summer Break

There is a lot to be said for jetting off on a late summer break. To start with you will save a lot of money compared to if you travelled in the peak months. Secondly, the resorts will be quieter so you have a better chance of securing a good spot by the pool and on the beach. You can also get a tan... Read more

BBQs and home safety

The sun is finally (sporadically) out, people are going on their lunchbreaks without their jackets and there's a mad rush on baps. It can only mean one thing: it's almost barbecue time! There's nothing we Brits like more in the summer months - apart from burning ourselves stupid in the midday su... Read more

Five tips for keeping the kids calm on holiday

"Are we there yet?" "But I don't want to go!" "I feel sick..."Ah, the joys of taking the little ones on holiday, eh? You've saved up all year for this holiday, paying the hiked up out-of-term-time fares through gritted teeth, yet the kids are not sharing your enthusiasm.We asked the nation's parents... Read more

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