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New York shopping: What are the top spots?

Shopping trips have long been a staple vacation for ladies around the world and when it comes to ideal locations, New York City must be in the top five. Filled with a variety of budget, mid-range and designer outlets, it's a buyer's paradise and a firm favourite with die-hard shoppers. Make no mista... Read more

Get to know the other side of Dubai this autumn

Say 'Dubai', and most people think of millionaires speeding around in six-figure supercars, opulent designer shopping malls and slick beach resort hotels. We’ve been wondering whether there’s another side of this gleaming new metropolis to discover, and if culture, art and adventure await in the Un... Read more

A beginner’s guide to Spanish culture

There’s something irresistible about the Spanish way of life, isn’t there?  Us Brits imagine it’s relaxed and easygoing, yet fiery and passionate. However, what’s it like for someone living in Spain, who’s experienced day to day life first-hand? We figured that travel blogger and Spain resident Jos... Read more

Delayed in a manger: Six travel insurance tips for Christmas from the Nativity Story

Overcrowded hotels, unsuitable transportation, marauding soldiers, a pregnant backpacker going into labour; we might think that Christmas travel chaos is a relatively new phenomenon, but a brief analysis of the Nativity Story reveals that all the signs were there 2,000 years ago. Just as the three ... Read more

Budget-friendly city breaks this May bank holiday

With the next May bank holiday fast approaching, a cheeky city break is probably starting to look very appealing. Cheap, frequent flights will take you to cities all over Europe, so you can make the most of the long weekend and get away for a few days without having to rob a bank. The big decision ... Read more

Columbus Direct wins Best Direct Travel Insurance Provider - Your Money Direct Awards 2012

Columbus Direct has won the Best Direct Travel Insurance Provider 2012 – awarded by Your Money Direct Awards. Now in their Fifteenth year, the Your Money Awards are the longest standing and most highly coveted awards in the industry. The objective the awards scheme is to reward the providers of fin... Read more

Christmas Markets Shop till you drop

Get into the Christmas spirit with a trip to one of Europe’s Christmas Markets. Choose from glühwein in Berlin, a quick waltz around Salzburg or a guaranteed blanket of snow in pretty, medieval Tallinn. Or for a stay that’s closer to home, why not plan a festive break to one of the UK’s Christmas ma... Read more

Top tips for your first time in Rome

Ah Rome, the eternal city. Italy's much-loved capital continues to enchant millions of visitors every year with its ancient architecture, its vibrant culture and pure romance. It's no wonder that Rome appears on many people's bucket lists, it offers so many attractions and landmarks. However, when ... Read more

How to make the most of two weeks in Asia

The Asian Trail starts in Thailand, and slowly snakes its way up to Laos, passing through Vietnam and the temples of Angkor Wat before finally going back to Thailand, where people go to party in the Thai islands to the south and then move on to Singapore and Malaysia. The biggest crowds come to the... 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

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