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Turkey Earthquake: Update

At least seven people have been killed in an earthquake in Turkey less than three weeks after a massive tremor devastated the city and killed more than 600 The quake in the eastern province of Van has reportedly demolished another 25 buildings that had been damaged in last month's incident, includi... Read more

Best of Summer 2012 Beach Destinations

Say NO to a wash out summer! Demand your quota of sunshine and book a summer beach break to one of our top holiday picks for Summer 2012… Costa Brava – This year we’re off to sunny Spain, as the Costa Brava proves there’s more on offer than high rise 70’s hotels, full English breakfasts and lobster... 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

Mules are fools - Brits urged to consider the consequences of drug crimes

New advice from the FCO has hammered home the message that being a drugs mule is, well, utterly bonkers. Every year, Brits are putting themselves at risk of arrest or imprisonment for drug-related offending. There has been an increase in arrests over the past year, and the Foreign and Commonwealth ... Read more

Travel advice: Your insurance and the Istanbul airport attack

The attacks at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport (Europe’s third-busiest airport) have caused some travel disruption to and within Turkey. If you’re in Istanbul and you want to know how your travel insurance can help you, we’ve answered some FAQs below. For more information, please call our customer servic... Read more

Team GB's Sochi Rollercoaster to Gold, Silver and Two Bronze

Olympic besties, Chemmy and Julia Mancuso, enjoying participating at the world event. Sochi 2014, the purpose built Olympic extravaganza, was full of glory and grief. Alpine skiing was one of the Olympic sports that kept us edging forward on our couches with every ice-scratching turn; we were grabb... Read more

What are the top ten sports bars in New York?

For many, the experience of watching their favorite sporting event is nothing without an ice cold beer and some delicious bar food, so it's no wonder sports bars are so popular - especially in a vibrant, on-the-go city like New York, USA.However, there are so many bars to choose from that the decisi... Read more

Catching British nationals out abroad

FCO encourages people to be better prepared by researching the local laws and customs of their holiday destination before travel. Every year British nationals risk getting caught out by local laws and customs when travelling overseas.  From driving a dirty car in Russia, to wearing camouflage cloth... Read more

22 fantastic flights you never expected

Frequent flyers may think their aviation knowledge can't be topped, but even the most experienced traveller is unlikely to know that Batman airport is an actual airport in Turkey and only six of Germany's 39 airports generate profit. From weird airport names to mind-boggling figures on delays and c... Read more

Ten excellent reasons to book an autumn getaway

If you've got some holiday left over but you're planning on sitting on it until something better comes along, don't. Here at Columbus Direct, we urge you to seize the day and make the most of the big wide world - and here are ten reasons why you should book that autumn break. 1) Apart from various ... Read more

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