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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

Ten weird and wonderful facts about Japanese culture

The Japanese culture can be frustrating for some, and fascinating for many, depending on the experiences we encounter in this conservative but highly modernised nation. The degree of cultural differences also varies based on your country of origin, but it is still interesting to know these facets no... Read more

The ultimate mini-guide to Las Vegas

Ever hear the phrase 'What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?' Of course you have; it's common practice for everyone who visits the city to brag relentlessly about their holiday upon their return home, even if they did nothing naughty. For some people, this might be raiding the minibar and replacing ... Read more

Making the most of Barcelona's nightlife

An exceptional nightlife is one of the reasons why Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world. The Catalan capital is home to a variety of establishments to suit any evening; from avant-garde superclubs to underground parties, Barcelona boasts a lively and colourful scene. Why Barcelo... Read more

Where to go this August bank holiday?

It's the last one of the year - at least until Christmas rolls around all too quickly. Bank holidays are the perfect excuse to book a little getaway with your partner, friends or family (before the kids go back to school). August 25 is a great time to have one, too. The sun is still shining, the fi... 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

Best places to use up your remaining holiday allowance

The end of the year is getting closer and closer, but you still haven't used all your holiday allowance. If you don't use it up, you'll risk losing it altogether. Our solution, you ask? Use it on a holiday. I mean come on, you've been working hard all year, you surely deserve another break? You may... Read more

Chemmy and The Alpine 4 Ski Round Canary Wharf

If you walked through Canary Wharf’s shopping centre on Monday or Tuesday, you may have seen a bunch of athletes working out on strange-looking cross trainers while shouting about breaking a world record. If so, you’ll have witnessed the efforts of Olympian skier Chemmy Alcott and hardcore athletes... Read more

How the summer holidays can wreck your home

Children are great, aren't they? All that energy and noise and positivity and mess. Why, those summer holidays are just going to fly by. If you're a parent who's currently spending lots of quality time with their kids but who is also becoming slowly aware that the house is in dire need of a tidy, y... Read more

The worst things about returning home from holiday

Returning home from holiday is a bit like meeting up with a recent ex. You may have a stiff drink to strengthen your resolve beforehand and try to convince yourself that this is all for the best, but there's no denying that a few hours in, you'll realise that you're in the middle of a fairly uncomfo... Read more

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