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England best hope for the World Cup

The countdown’s on for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and there’s a queasy mix of excitement and trepidation kicking around. Luis Suarez needing to recover from knee surgery might give England a boost in progressing from their group even though Suarez’s mum has said he’ll be ready in time. Wayne Roone... Read more

Holiday deals this August bank holiday

Remember looking for cheap holiday deals on Teletext? As comedian Peter Kay reminded us, after an hour of looking you'd finally see one that you liked - only for the scrolling list to move on to the next deal before you could figure out how to pause it.  Luckily, holiday hunting now is far easier, ... Read more

The top ten best bits in Airplane

Made in 1980 and never quite surpassed as one of the greatest films of all time, Airplane! is 34 this year. And it's still comedy gold. Seeing as we know a fair bit about travel and the mishaps it can bring (shameless plug - our travel insurance is top banana, should the worst happen), we thought w... Read more

The best films about holidays which went slightly awry

Packing for a trip at the moment? Good good; don't let us stop you. Here at Columbus Direct, obviously, we're massive fans of travel - but we can't resist a film where the trip takes a funny, surreal or downright dangerous turn. You may have guessed this by our fondness for Airplane!, which we stil... 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

Top 10 best travel destinations for the over 50s

The notion that wanderlust ceases once you turn 50 is alien to us. In fact, we think that's when trips are at their finest. When the whole world is your oyster, it can be pretty difficult to decide on somewhere to go. Here, you'll find our top ten travel destinations for those that are in search of... Read more

The five best pizza places in Chicago

The oldest clichés are always the best, and if you’ve got plans to visit Chicago, we can bet that you’ve already spent a fair amount of time mulling over where to find the best pizzas. Well, we’ve done the hard work for you, so whether you’re looking for something that’s lighter than air and big on... Read more

The best places to stargaze in the UK

Space. The final frontier. And thanks to a recent flurry of space-related films (Matt Damon’s The Martian, 2014’s Gravity, and Matthew McConaughey’s Interstellar) and the supermoon, it's hardly ever out of the news these days. This is, in our opinion, positive. Getting off Facebook and learning abo... Read more

Chemmy Alcott reveals the best skiing and snowboarding gadgets for Christmas 2016

If you’re a winter sports fan and looking to give yourself a pre-Christmas treat, or you’re looking for the ultimate gift for a skier or a snowboarder, we think you’ll enjoy our brand ambassador’s latest video. When we spoke to Chemmy at the Ski and Snowboard Show 2015, we decided to ask her which ... Read more

Giving uni a miss this year? Here are the best places to take a Gap Year in 2016

So, let's get this straight - you've decided you'd like to see the world before knuckling down to three years of university education. But you're not sure where to go. Thanks to the magic of online surveys, interviews and careful analysis, travel company Real Gap Experience have found that, predict... Read more

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