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The six haunted houses that travellers should watch out for

Just so we're clear, we're not talking about those run down 'houses of horror' you find at touring fun fairs, where the scariest thing about them is the person selling the tickets. No; these ten spooky houses are the real deal. "Why would anyone travel just to scare themselves?" you might be asking... Read more

The top ten things you won't miss if you go abroad this Christmas

If you're going away this Christmas, we're jealous. Very jealous. However. we wholeheartedly applaud your decision to pack up, ship out and spend Christmas Day with a cocktail in your hands and the sand gently warming your toes. Travel is one of the best ways to spend your heard-earned cash. At lea... Read more

Mules are fools - Brits urged to consider the consequences of drug crimes

New advice from the FCO has hammered home the message that being a drugs mule is, well, utterly bonkers. Every year, Brits are putting themselves at risk of arrest or imprisonment for drug-related offending. There has been an increase in arrests over the past year, and the Foreign and Commonwealth ... Read more

Ten ways to ensure you stay healthy and happy flying long-haul

Until someone invents the teleporter, we're afraid that long-haul flying is around to stay. It's cramped, it's miserable, and it's not known for its fantastic food - but there are ways to ensure you arrive at your destination looking slightly better than everyone else. 1) Watch your drinking. Alco... Read more

Just in time for Valentine's Day: Holiday proposals which went horribly wrong

Holiday proposals are magic, aren't they? Well, you'd hope so. Sand, sun, sea, and something sparkly - it all sounds like the perfect way to get engaged, doesn't it? Well, that's true most of the time, but occasionally even the best-laid plans can go awry. If you're thinking of proposing on holida... Read more

The best films about holidays which went slightly awry

Packing for a trip at the moment? Good good; don't let us stop you. Here at Columbus Direct, obviously, we're massive fans of travel - but we can't resist a film where the trip takes a funny, surreal or downright dangerous turn. You may have guessed this by our fondness for Airplane!, which we stil... Read more

The ten types of people you'll meet on your travels

From the secretly-hateful couple to the elderly pair who spend all day in the bar knocking back cocktails, the average holiday features ten types of people you'll be very familiar with. We've compiled a list of them here; it's by no means exhaustive, but it's a good start. The couple on their honey... Read more

The weird and wonderful world of European dating

We can all agree that dating is a minefield. If you're planning a trip around Europe and you've got your heart set on romancing a few locals, cool your jets - don't start batting your eyelashes until you've taken a look at this handy dating guide by MySingleFriend.com. It's generally accepted that... Read more

The ten best things about Brussels

When it comes to a decadent weekend away, we're lucky to have loads of options available to us.  If you're staying in the UK, there's the seaside (Hastings, Brighton, Wells-next-the-Sea, Bournemouth), or there's the countryside (take your pick - our favourites include The Cotswolds, Devon and Dorse... Read more

La Carmina reveals how to be a successful travel blogger

Travel, TV and fashion writer La Carmina is an expert when it comes to blogging. She’s been scribbling about her travels since 2007, she’s written three books and regularly writes for The Sunday Times, CNN and The Huffington Post. La Carmina hosts travel TV shows worldwide, and has appeared on serie... Read more

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