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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

200 killed as a result of heavy monsoon rains in Thailand

A culmination of two months of heavy monsoon rain has claimed the lives of over 200 people in Thailand. Since mid-July heavy rains have now affected 58 of Thailand’s 78 provinces – 25 being badly hit. Farmers land has been submerged and rivers at breaking point, with more heavy rains forecast from... 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

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

Foreign Travel Insurance: Caution and Common Sense for Holidays in Portugal

There’s a freedom in Portugal that infiltrates your senses and gives you tingles. Strolling from Unesco world heritage sites, challenging hiking trails, some of Europe’s finest beaches, medieval houses, Roman temples, through Moorish alleys, Portugal has it all bathed in year-round sunshine. What is... Read more

Best places to use up your remaining holiday allowance

The end of the year is getting closer and closer, but you still haven't used all your holiday allowance. If you don't use it up, you'll risk losing it altogether. Our solution, you ask? Use it on a holiday. I mean come on, you've been working hard all year, you surely deserve another break? You may... Read more

The best anti-Valentine’s Day trips for successful singletons

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and it’s just as tedious as ever. If you’d like to celebrate not being tied down and you want to take a trip to toast your fancy-free lifestyle (or just look forlornly into the distance and drink on a beach somewhere), here are the best locations to jet off to. Just ... Read more

Sexism and travel: ABTA's guide to cultural differences and staying safe abroad

Columbus Direct has spoken to ABTA about cultural differences, and how you can avoid coming unstuck during your summer holiday by following a few simple rules. If you're reading this in the UK, you'll be aware that as a rule, we're a pretty tolerant country. However, there are some countries where ... Read more

Which countries should be on your bucket list?

If you’re new to travelling and you’d like to see the world, you’re probably wondering where to start first. We’ve asked some seasoned backpackers about their favourite holiday destinations, and why they love them so much; so, if you’re looking for ideas, here are the countries and places that they... Read more

Where's hot in October?

Whether you're booking a family break for half term or you're seeking a five-day getaway to escape the chill, here are the places you should be looking at. We can't guarantee sun, but there's a very good chance you'll encounter blue skies, beach-friendly weather and warm seas. Dubai, United Arab Em... Read more

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