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Safety on the Slopes

Skiing and snowboarding are fantastic fun and great exercise but safety precautions are paramount whether you're a seasoned professional or a beginner. We've put together some safety tips that will hopefully help your winter holiday be the thrilling experience you hoped for. Be aware of all mount... Read more

How the new airport security measures may impact your travel plans

The opportunity to travel is one of life's greatest luxuries. We all want to feel secure when travelling and are used to adopting new rules if it means we can fly in safety. The US government's latest announcement, however,  has caused some confusion. It rules that airport passengers must be able to... 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

Education experts call for term time fines to be abolished

Just when parents were getting used to the idea of a fine if they take their children out of school, education experts have urged headteachers to look at each absence on a case-by-case basis.Until last September, heads could grant up to 10 days' leave a year for family holidays in 'special circumsta... Read more

Part one of the complete guide to driving Route 66

It's a dream for so many people: travelling along the fabled Route 66 in a Mustang convertible, the sun setting, the mountains casting dreamy shadows over the dusty prairies and gentle country music providing the perfect soundtrack to this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Or something like that. A re... Read more

Rid your home of clutter the easy way this January

Your home is your castle, as they say, and if you've recently insured it (and your belongings) with us - bravo! We'll keep your hideaway from the world safe as, well, houses. Great, so that's your home taken care of - but may we ask a personal question? How is it looking, post-Christmas? We're goin... Read more

Passports myths debunked: Do I need to renew my passport?

Dear Columbus Direct, My parents live in Spain, and have invited my two grown-up children (18 and 19) and I out to join them in the middle of April, returning at the end of April. My children's passports expire in early May. I think I may have left it a bit late to renew them on their behalf, but d... Read more

Is there a way of truly beating jet lag?

We love to travel, and you do too - and let's face it, we've all been bitten by jet lag in the past. It's a touchy subject; a million internet forums advise ways to beat the dreaded fatigue and illness that can hit days after you land, and we've tried to shed some light on how you can prevent feeli... Read more

How to live in harmony with difficult people

Even though your home should be your sanctuary from the world, every now and then, you'll find yourself sharing a space with a person (or, heaven forbid, people) who don't make your life easy. This can be massively stressful, but there are ways of making sure that your home remains a safe and comfo... Read more

The stupidest reasons people have ever been thrown off planes

When you hear stories of people ejected from flights, you can't help but think the worst; knives, drunk and disorderly behaviour, swearing, biting. These eight unfortunate people were booted off flights - but did the cabin crew have their priorities straight? You decide. The enthused singer Let's ... Read more

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