Interesting Turkish cuisine you shouldn't pass up

A big influence on the dishes served up in Turkey today came from Ottoman cuisine from the Ottoman Empire (14th – 20th Century), inheriting flavours from Turkey, Greece, the Balkans and parts of the Caucasus and the Middle East. And it was this collection of flavours and cooking techniques which gives us the Turkish cuisine we all enjoy today. Depending on where you are in the country will depend on the favoured flavours and accompaniments which come with the dishes. In the Black Sea region in the North, you’ll find that fish is used more frequently, in the southeast, kebabs and mezes are mor... Read more

Popular festivals in Thailand you need to see!

Thailand is a popular holiday destination for UK residents, with an estimated 987,000 visiting the country in 2018, making it the top European nationality to visit Thailand during the 12 month period. But what exactly draws holidaymakers to the Southeast Asian country? Sure, the beaches are pretty a... Read more

Ski Insurance and Winter Sports FAQs

Purchasing insurance for your winter sports holiday and have a niggling question? This blog will outline some of the most asked questions across a few categories, and provide information on how to access more details. You’ve got to always look after number one, so when purchasing travel insurance f... Read more

5 days of free Wi-Fi now available to Columbus Direct customers

Going abroad and not having full use of your mobile without paying extortionate charges for roaming can be very frustrating, especially when you like to stay (or need to stay) connected. Not all hotels and resorts are well connected, you may find that they offer no Wi-Fi, or offer a poor connection ... Read more

Best places to visit for New Year’s Eve

You may spend New Year’s Eve with your family and close friends, enjoying food and drinks, you may be heading to a ticketed event, or even heading to your local church for a watchnight service – or you could be dreaming your way into the New Year! But if celebrating the turn of the year is something... Read more

How you can enjoy the slopes if you’re a non-skiier this winter

We’ve all been there, your family or friendship group has started to discuss your next holiday destination, and heading to the slopes seems to be the winning idea. That’s when the FOMO (fear of missing out) takes hold, and you begin to get anxious as to whether it’s worth joining them. But fear not,... Read more

Where to travel with a Young Family

Travelling shouldn’t be stressful. You’re booking a holiday to get away and explore, or relax for a week or two (or longer if you’re lucky). If you’re travelling with a new born baby or young child, it’s very possible that you’ll have no experience in this (unless you’ve got older children too), and... Read more

Where to go for your Family Ski Holiday in 2019

The mercury has begun to plummet, and the evenings are getting incredibly dark, incredibly early, which means it’s time for the snow to fall on the mountain tops, and for resorts across the globe to get prepared for the upcoming ski season. Ski holidays are nearly as popular as summer holidays, so w... Read more

Travel money tips for your gap year

Be clever with currency Every time you swap one currency for another, you pay for the privilege through exchange rates, fees or interest. There are ways to get travel money for less: Research options early. If you buy foreign exchange at the last minute – i.e., at the airport – you’ll be stuck w... Read more

Last-minute Autumn Half-Term Holidays, fit for your family

It wasn’t that long ago that we were all basking in the summer heatwave taking over the UK. But as fast as you can click your fingers, it’s all a distant memory, and the Autumn half-term is nearly upon us. But what better way to reduce the winter blues, than use the week-long October break to catch ... Read more


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