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The Beach vs. Pool Debate: Where's the best place to be?

The debate has raged for decades; it's as divisive as brown sauce (waning in popularity, but still a breakfast staple for many) or Gogglebox (funny or frighteningly dull? The jury is still out). The beach and the pool both have a lot going for them - obviously - but if you're holidaying as a family... Read more

The unofficial guide to surviving the summer on London's Underground

Ace of Base were right when they said that the summer was cruel. However, they failed to mention that on London's public transport system, it's hot, smelly, claustrophobic and almost always rammed.  However, we all still have to get about. So how do Londoners cope when the heat is on and the bus is... 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

How to sustain a holiday romance once you're back home

Few can resist the allure of a holiday romance; the heat, the sea, the bars, the clubs and the cheap-as-chips drinks, coupled with a lack of responsibility, fast-track ‘feelings’ like nobody’s business. Emotions run high, bar tabs run even higher, and before you know it, you’re weeping on an easyJet... Read more

Should you medicate your child before a flight? Parents and medical professionals give their opinion

Medicating children before a long flight or car journey is a hot topic for parents. Whether you’ve got just the one or a large brood, whether they’re well-behaved or a little jumpy, it’s a question that often crosses parents’ minds; and, as expected, it’s hugely controversial. We spoke to some par... Read more

Seven travel resolutions for 2016

Whether you’ve saved enough to finally enjoy your gap year and head off somewhere exotic, or you’re determined to explore beyond Europe, it’s always good to start the New Year with some travel resolutions. Lacking inspiration? Fear not - we’ve done some thinking on your behalf. Bring your own food ... Read more

Groundhog day: Avoid making these holiday mistakes again and again

Today is the day which we remember Bill Murray at his very finest, living the same 24 hours over and over again until he finally learns some of life’s hardest lessons and he is able to move forward with his. Yes, we’re talking about Groundhog Day - a film which, incidentally, was directed by Harold ... Read more

London Fashion Week: What to wear to travel

Packing for a trip can be a minefield if you’re looking to get the most out of your wardrobe. Whether it’s a two-day city break or a week in the sun, you’ll often find yourself fretting over a suitcase, muttering ‘I know I don’t need this all, but I have no idea what to pack.’ If you need a helping... Read more

Easter flight delays: Columbus Direct offers customers free lounge access

We can’t wait for the upcoming Easter holidays - and we bet that you can’t, either. Will you be planning on exploring a new city, making the most of the last few days of skiing, or sunning yourself on a beach? Either way, the Easter break is a great opportunity to unwind. Whether you’re heading awa... Read more

Eat well in New Zealand: The foods you’ve got to try during your trip

It’s fair to say that New Zealand’s one of the coolest places on the planet. This is the country that gave us Lorde, rugby ‘war dances’ that hammer the opposition into quivering silence, and Flight of the Conchords. It was the first place which gave women the vote. And they know what they’re doing w... Read more

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