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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

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

Sochi - Planning a last-minute trip to the 2014 Winter Olympics

From 7th to 23rd February, the eyes of the world will be focused on a hitherto relatively unknown Russian city on the Black Sea coast called Sochi - the host of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. While it's not an easy destination to reach from the UK, winter sports fans will nevertheless... Read more

Top tips for your first time in Rome

Ah Rome, the eternal city. Italy's much-loved capital continues to enchant millions of visitors every year with its ancient architecture, its vibrant culture and pure romance. It's no wonder that Rome appears on many people's bucket lists, it offers so many attractions and landmarks. However, when ... Read more

Top summer sports to enjoy on holiday

If you're going somewhere hot this summer, you're bound to want to cool yourself off in the water. Lying by the beach and going swimming are all well and good - but what if you want to do something more adventurous? Water sports are ideal for those who want to cool off quickly.. There are a variety ... Read more

Keeping the kids entertained this Easter holiday

Easter is fast approaching, and although a few chocolate-based goodies will keep the kids entertained for a while, you'll only have so long before they start asking what you've got planned for the break. Research has shown that keeping kids entertained during the Easter holidays - with the likes of... Read more

Where to go in May

With the unseasonably chilly spring we’re having, we’re all in need of some sunshine here at Columbus Direct towers and our thoughts are turning to hotter climes.  Why not plan an early-season Summer break to get your dose of Vitamin D?  Here are our top picks for travel during May: Bahamas May is... Read more

The 10 Most Iconic Beaches in The World

A beach is just a stretch of sand by the sea or ocean, but iconic beaches are so much more than a slip of white sand. These beaches have gained their iconic status for various reasons; appearing in classic films, being the beaches everyone wants to visit, or simply for having a reputation that every... Read more

Great holiday ideas to get away from it all

The daily commute and demands of juggling a hectic social and family life can leave you in the doldrums at this grey old time of year.  What you need is a pick-me-up – so what about planning a getaway that’s both rejuvenating and good for the soul, to set you back on track?  Here are a few of our ... Read more

Best of - Award Winning Beaches

Hitting the beach this summer?  Looking for guaranteed crowd-free shores and glistening blue water?  Look no further!  Here’s our guide to Europe’s award winning and highly acclaimed beaches – all with blue flag status.Rabbit Beach – SicilyVoted best beach in the world in Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s ... Read more

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