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Does volunteering do more harm than good?

Volunteering is, as a rule, supposed to be a beneficial act. You’re dedicating your time and expertise to people that may have less than you, helping to build communities and strengthen bonds between people. But is volunteering ever just a case of turning up, doing the job, leaving a positive legacy... Read more

Travel trends in 2018 that may surprise you

Every place in the world is on notice: Travellers will be headed YOUR way this year. While there might be some dips in travel to popular destinations of the past, the theme for 2018 could best be captured by the popular Monty Python catchphrase, “And now for something completely different.” We’ve no... Read more

Nutrition and exercise: How the right post-workout foods can help athletes succeed

Getting through the Arctic Circle Race and improving athletic performance starts with post-workout nutrition. Tackling freezing temperatures and arduous terrain will be tough for The Arctic V, and they should be putting plenty of thought into their food and drink. The post-activity (workout, pra... Read more

Valentines Day - Romance Ratings & Survey Results

To celebrate Valentine's Day, Columbus Direct are offering 20% off our travel insurance products. Follow this link and 'like' Columbus on Facebook to take advantage of this offer and save today. How do you know when you’ve fulfilled your partner’s true desires on the day you propose? They say ‘yes’... Read more

Enough outdoor activities to fill your boots in Los Cabos

It’s that time of year when you need to refresh your attitude by getting outdoors and partaking in a challenging activity. In Los Cabos at the tip of the Baja Peninsulav in Mexico they have 300 to 350 days of sunshine a year and you really can keep yourself busy here. There are more outdoor activiti... Read more

Top 5 Wacky Winter Sports

When we think of winter sports, images of skiers and snowboarders come to mind - but there really is so much more to the genre.No longer do you have to be able to stay upright on a ski or swoop through the slopes on a snowboard to enjoy the crisp winter air. With the likes of kneeboarding and shovel... Read more

Spooky destinations you could visit this Halloween

While a lot of people choose their holiday destinations based on a bustling city break, or time to relax on a beach, some people enjoy visiting parts of the world where the history behind it is enough to send chills down your spine. With Halloween nearly upon us, there’s really no better time for s... Read more

Top 3 long weekend breaks for couples

Aw, so you've met someone new? We're delighted for you. Truly, we are. And now you're heading off on your first minibreak! But where to go? Luckily, we have some ideas lined up...SevilleAlthough it doesn't have the same reputation as Paris or Rome when it comes to romance, Seville is actually a wond... Read more

Philippine Volcano Mount Mayon 'in deadly eruption'

7 May 2013 Last updated at 04:52 GMT A volatile volcano has erupted in the Philippines, with at least five people reported dead. Mount Mayon has erupted dozens of times since records began.Mount Mayon, 330km (206 miles) south-east of the capital Manila, sent a cloud of ash and rocks into the sky ea... Read more

Safety on the Slopes

Skiing and snowboarding are fantastic fun and great exercise but safety precautions are paramount whether you're a seasoned professional or a beginner. We've put together some safety tips that will hopefully help your winter holiday be the thrilling experience you hoped for. Be aware of all mount... Read more

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