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Budget-friendly city breaks this May bank holiday

With the next May bank holiday fast approaching, a cheeky city break is probably starting to look very appealing. Cheap, frequent flights will take you to cities all over Europe, so you can make the most of the long weekend and get away for a few days without having to rob a bank. The big decision ... Read more

What are Europe's best spas?

For centuries, thermal spa pools have been hailed for their health benefits, alleviating and in some cases, curing, an assortment of ailments. With a composition that includes myriad essential minerals, even the healthiest people could feel rejuvenated after a quick dip. No wonder spa breaks are so ... Read more

Staff Picks for winter sun getaways

Here at Columbus HQ we love to travel, so if you need some inspiration for a winter sun destination for 2014, why not take a look at our staff picks for winter warmers from the tropical shores of Thailand to the Vegas strip…it'll have you thinking of warm white sand between your toes in no time. Li... Read more

Ski and Snowboard Show 2013 with Chemmy Alcott

Highlights of Chemmy at the Ski and Snowboard Show at Earl's Court, London, October 30th 2013 https://youtu.be/ZxDGL7G0iBE In Chemmy Alcott’s most important year of her career, her focus on the 2014 Sochi Olympics is like a clamped crocodile’s jaw. Her determination and fight are steely as she face... Read more

5 Places to Jet to For a Late Summer Break

There is a lot to be said for jetting off on a late summer break. To start with you will save a lot of money compared to if you travelled in the peak months. Secondly, the resorts will be quieter so you have a better chance of securing a good spot by the pool and on the beach. You can also get a tan... Read more

Dress etiquette around the world

When travelling, there are so many things to remember to do before you go. Most of us remember to buy travel insurance and sort out our spending money, but it's also important to remember that the countries you'll be visiting might have their own dress codes which must be adhered to. This is partic... Read more

Not too late to book a family summer holiday

Summer goes all too quickly; it feels like only yesterday that we were all pining for the sun to get itself into gear. And yet here we are a month or two later; we've had the hottest day of the year so far, and for a while there parts of the UK were hotter than in Hawaii. Aloha! But you know what? ... Read more

Essential life hacks for your holidays

We all look forward to our holidays; the chance for two weeks in the sun, on the slopes or up a mountain. Let's be honest, though; the logistical bits can be, well, a bit of a faff. We've scanned the world wide web for the very best holiday 'life hacks' - hints, tips and brilliant ideas that can ma... Read more

Flying Etiquette: How not to be 'that passenger'

Yay! You're about to go on holiday! However, first of all you've got to tackle the thorny issue of the flight... Some of us are nervous flyers, while others have been on more flights than they've had hot dinners. Some of us get excitable and chatty, while others are looking forward to a few hours o... Read more

Ten excellent reasons to book an autumn getaway

If you've got some holiday left over but you're planning on sitting on it until something better comes along, don't. Here at Columbus Direct, we urge you to seize the day and make the most of the big wide world - and here are ten reasons why you should book that autumn break. 1) Apart from various ... Read more

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