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The craziest reasons for planes turning around

What kind of events would cause a pilot to turn a plane around? We've had a trawl though the murky depths of the internet, and we've uncovered the strangest reasons flights have been forced to turn around. Top tip - if you're related to someone important, you can pretty much rule the skies. Mind t... Read more

Travel advice for over 65s: Staying safe, the best destinations and life hacks

It's generally known that age isn’t anything but a number - and we couldn’t agree more. There’s been a huge increase in the number of older people saying ‘Pah!’ to their advancing years, and seeing the world. Which is great. However, being an older traveller brings its own set of advantages and dis... Read more

The best Halloween attractions for kids and teenagers

This Halloween, get out of the house and scare the family silly with this selection of ghoulish treats. Try daring dishes at Cadbury World’s Spooktacular, freak yourself out at one of Thorpe Park’s Fright Nights or trick/treat yourself to a trip to Disneyland Paris to experience their unique take o... Read more

London to Amsterdam in a flash with Eurostar

In times gone by, your only option to visit the sand dunes and windmills in The Netherlands from the UK, was by air or boat. But now, Eurostar1 are throwing their hat in to the ring with the announcement of twice-daily trains between London St. Pancras International and Amsterdam. The cross-channel... Read more

The airline foods that we love to loathe

We're big fans of flying. It's fast, it's exciting, and there's always an opportunity to purchase something frivolous and expensive from the trolley if you're bored. However, there's one aspect of flying that always leaves us cold, and that's the food. Here's our rundown of the worst offenders. Th... Read more

Airline in-seat technology is taking flight

There was a time that the most sophisticated piece of technology around your airline seat was the aircraft itself. As we become inseparable from our digital devices and the daily tasks we rely on them for, airlines are finally catching up. British Airways parent company IAG is making its low-cost a... Read more

10 of the world's worst air passengers

From urinating on fellow passengers (nice) to showing displeasure at being denied a drink, here are ten people who should probably think very carefully before booking their next flight. Very carefully indeed. Mark Hodson, editor of 101 Holidays, spoke to Skyscanner about the ten worst episodes of i... Read more

Top 5 family holiday destinations in Europe this summer

Planning a family summer holiday requires a certain amount of creativity so that it’s fun for the kids, relaxing for you, and affordable (our useful online tool is a great place to start). When travelling with young children, you want flights to be relatively short, so if you haven’t planned that mu... Read more

What you need to know about Ebola and travel

Please note: If you've got any questions about your travel insurance and how Ebola might affect your journey, tweet us @Columbus_Direct with your questions.Passengers arriving in the UK from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will have their temperatures tested for suspected Ebola at Heathrow terminal... Read more

Columbus Direct looks at the funniest airline safety videos

Even though we love seeing cabin crew take us through in-flight safety instructions (the part with the red toggles on the lifejacket is a particular favourite), we have a lot of time for in-flight safety videos. Especially when they're done well. Airlines have recently become wise to the fact that ... Read more

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