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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

How to drive safely abroad

Even if you're an experienced driver, the thought of hiring a car and driving abroad can be a bit scary. Things change. The side of the road you drive on, how you negotiate roundabouts, and even where you're sat in the car; it's no wonder some people are apprehensive before they set off. However, t... Read more

Sexism and travel: ABTA's guide to cultural differences and staying safe abroad

Columbus Direct has spoken to ABTA about cultural differences, and how you can avoid coming unstuck during your summer holiday by following a few simple rules. If you're reading this in the UK, you'll be aware that as a rule, we're a pretty tolerant country. However, there are some countries where ... Read more

Ryanair bans booze on Ibiza flights to avoid drink-related problems

In a bid to cut down on booze-fuelled dramas, Ryanair has decided that duty-free alcohol is to be banned on all flights from the UK to Ibiza this summer. This means that if you're planning to purchase a large bottle of Stolli the minute that you're through security and take large, heroic swigs thro... 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

Discover the truth about sharks and feel safer in the water this summer

The following situation will be familiar to anyone with an over-active imagination. You've swum a fair way from the beach; the sea is cool and deep, you're enjoying the waves and the sounds from the shore. Maybe a ham and cheese toastie is on the cards for lunch. Hang on - what just brushed your fo... Read more

Jonathan and Angela Scott from Big Cat Diary talk big cats, Cecil the lion and the future of conservation

When the news broke that Cecil the lion had been killed by recreational big game hunter Walter Palmer, there was a worldwide outcry. Politicians and celebrities waded into the argument, and Palmer and his wife went into hiding. Talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel helped raise $150,000 in donations in less ... 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

Bored of Stoptober already? Try living in one of these countries

Stoptober is almost upon us, and for a whole month, we can enjoy other people earnestly talking about how much better they feel without the demon drink. You could fly away for the month to escape the barrage of smugness - we hear that Amsterdam is the top getaway for autumn, and they're not cutting... Read more

How can you get your confidence back after a skiing injury?

An accident while you’re skiing or snowboarding is a life-changing event; even if you only suffer a small injury, it can take months to get back to where you were physically - and getting your confidence back can take even longer. Greg Hill has a lifetime of skiing experience. He won the Whistler R... Read more

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