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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

Columbus Direct debunks the top holiday myths

We've taken a look at some travel-related myths and looked at whether you should pay any attention to them or not. If you've ever had a holiday fear which you think is irrational, we'll put you straight here. Is it safe to swim after eating? Sorry, parents - that old 'wait an hour' rule is dead in... Read more

10 weird, wonderful and disgusting things about air travel

What happens if someone passes away on a flight? Why do planes really have ashtrays? What happens to bags pompously labelled with 'FRAGILE' stickers, and will tipping get you any freebies? Despite the fact flying is commonplace these days and people tend to use planes as glorified coaches, there's ... Read more

Don't cruise, you lose: Why cruising's where it's at

Cruising used to be the domain of the elderly and infirm, people who didn’t like flying, and people who liked to take their travel at a slower pace. These days, it’s way cooler than stuffing yourself on a plane and not leaving your resort for two weeks. Here’s why. Danielle Fear from Cruise Miss ... Read more

The world's most terrifying airport landings

OK, OK - we'll admit that the title of this article is a little misleading. Air travel is safe - thrilling, high-powered and often awe-inspiring - but safe. However, that doesn't mean that us mere mortals can't marvel at some of the 'terrifying' aspects of air travel, which most pilots probably fin... Read more

The funniest Daily Mail comments about travel and holidays

When it comes to travel, we'll admit that our views are fairly simplistic. It's good for the soul, it's fun, it teaches you skills you never thought you'd want - or need, it's exciting, it broadens your horizons and it's a great way of getting out of the house.  Of course, there are those who would... Read more

Doors to manual: What was working as cabin crew in the 1970s and 1980s like?

Even though we’re all still fascinated by the world of air travel, who doesn’t wonder about the glamour of yesteryear? We’ve spoken to two members of cabin crew who worked in the 1970s and 1980s. Jaqui Perry worked as cabin crew from 1968 to 1971 for British United Airways, which then became Briti... Read more

The strangest flying superstitions

Have you ever seen a fellow passenger dancing a merry jig up the aisle? What about someone who refuses to sit in seat 13? How about the person who can't board unless they've tapped the side of the plane and muttered something sinister under their breath? You probably have. Welcome to the mind-boggl... Read more

What’s life like as an air traffic controller?

For most of us, air traffic control is a bit of a mystery. People we don’t know sit in a tower at the airport or in a control centre, guiding planes from their parking spaces and throughout their flight. But what’s the job like? Is it stressful? What kind of people make the best controllers - and is... Read more

No weigh! Uzbekistan Airways set to find out how heavy you and your bags are

If you've ever felt self-conscious about your weight before a holiday, you'll do well to avoid flying with Uzbekistan Airways. The airline has recently made headlines after announcing that passengers will be directed to a 'special weighing machine' at the departure gate, and each person will be wei... Read more

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