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Preparing for your first family activity holiday

Adventure holidays are becoming increasingly popular. Not only are they fun and exciting, but they provide a great chance for family members to bond while giving their comfort zones the old heave-ho. Whether it's a trip centred around kayaking, cycling, river rafting, hiking or trekking, the whole ... Read more

The best holiday recipes to take home with you

Holiday food. Those two words are enough to have us yearning for lunch. Hands up if you've ever had your socks knocked off by a dish on holiday, and you think to yourself, 'Right, that's it. The second I get home. I'm recreating this.' But you never do. Time and memory let you down; and that's wher... Read more

Staying safe in your holiday accommodation

So, you've just arrived at the hotel, and the pool is beckoning. It's time to relax and get stuck into that book you've been attempting to read for the past six months.However, before you charge out to top up your tan, read these hints and tips on keeping your room secure and your belongings safe.• ... Read more

Women pine for pets on holiday - but all men want is their own bed, according to new study

When ICE interviewed 1,000 holidaymakers about the top things they missed while they were abroad, nothing could have quite prepared them for the results. You'd think that people from home would top the list, along with 'proper' English food, or even TV channels from home. However, the results showe... Read more

New Summer Holiday Destinations

Airlines worldwide have begun to release their new routes for summer 2018, with some increasing the amount of flights they offer, and most offering a new route altogether. You may have begun to think about doing some research on where your summer holiday will take you, so we’ve done some of the dig... 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

Holiday nightmares and how to avoid them

From dealing with travel sickness to knowing how and when to get in touch with the British Embassy, if something goes wrong on your trip, knowing what to do can save you time and stress. We've compiled a set of simple tips and tricks to keep you happy, safe and well. Ignore them at your peril. M... Read more

Women more likely to suffer from 'holiday stress', according to new research

There's no denying that getting a holiday off the ground can be pretty tough - there's lots of preparation behind the scenes to ensure everything goes well. From getting everyone packed and ready to go to getting to the airport on time, things can get tense - and there's a new study which suggests ... Read more

The Columbus Direct team share their worst holiday mistakes

Making mistakes is what travel is all about; you can't see the world properly without the odd faux-pas or missed flight. We decided to ask around the Columbus Direct team and see what their worst-ever travel mistakes were; the responses we received surprised us. From oversleeping to undersleeping, ... Read more

Weight Watchers reveal how to stay fit and healthy while you're on holiday

Much like the 1890s in Paris and London, holidays are a time of total decadence. We sleep late, we eat late - and too often. Ice creams and salty snacks are available at every turn and even the biggest fitness fanatics among us shun a jog on the beach for a glass of wine. Then, the misery we experi... Read more

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