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Responsible Travel reveal how to be an ethical tourist

How do you travel ethically? We've spoken to Saul Greenland at Responsible Travel about travel and ethical tourism, and how people who want to see the world with a guilt-free conscience can make the most of their time abroad. Please can you give us a bit of background about Responsible Travel; whe... Read more

Dress etiquette around the world

When travelling, there are so many things to remember to do before you go. Most of us remember to buy travel insurance and sort out our spending money, but it's also important to remember that the countries you'll be visiting might have their own dress codes which must be adhered to. This is partic... Read more

Travel advice: Your insurance and the Brussels attacks

The airport and metro attacks in Brussels have caused widespread travel disruption. Eurostar services to Brussels have been suspended, and there are no flights to or from Brussels Airport. If you’re in Brussels and you want to know how your travel insurance can help you, we’ve answered some FAQs be... Read more

Travel insurance and children: Can you travel with a baby?

Congratulations on your new arrival! Taking a trip with your baby is a lot of fun - you’re probably looking forward to showing them the sights. Babies are normally astounded by the simplest things, so just imagine what they’ll make of your trip! This is the perfect time to bond as a family and make... Read more

Travel warning: Strikes in Germany, India and Spain

People travelling to Germany, India and Spain are strongly recommended to check with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before setting off on their journey. Germany Strike action at Frankfurt Airport is expected to cause severe delays and cancellations until Thursday, 1st March, as up to quarte... 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

How to help stamp out animal cruelty on your travels

When is an animal not an animal? When it's a source of entertainment at the animal's detriment. We've spoken to an expert at World Animal Protection, a charity that is doing what it can to educate and stop people using animals as entertainment for tourists. From dancing bears, trained dolphins to e... Read more

UK severe weather - January 2013

The Australian state of Queensland is still dealing with the aftermath of Cyclone Oswald, but new alerts have been issued for even more tornadoes and flooding.Severe weather warnings are in place stretching from central Queensland to the New South Wales border.Columbus Direct customers who have purc... Read more

Giant Hailstones Batter China's Southern Provinces

21 March 2013 Last updated at 15:39 GMT Heavy storms and giant hailstones have left at least nine people dead and caused serious damage across China's southern provinces. The extreme weather is expected to last a few more days and could potentially bring more devastation to the area. Please note ... Read more

Greek air traffic controllers to cause further flight disruption

Another period of Greek industrial action started again last night resulting in airlines warning passengers of potential delays and disruption. Air traffic controllers went on a strike from midnight last night and is expected to last 48 hours. British Airways and easyJet said flights to and from Gr... Read more

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