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12 of the Strangest Food Events Around the World - Pt 1

Food's great. And there's so much of the delicious stuff available around the world, it's no wonder that food's such a passion for most of us. Many want to combine this love of food with our holidays, and whether you're interested in food festivals, food holidays or food events, the following are a... Read more

The 10 Most Iconic Beaches in The World

A beach is just a stretch of sand by the sea or ocean, but iconic beaches are so much more than a slip of white sand. These beaches have gained their iconic status for various reasons; appearing in classic films, being the beaches everyone wants to visit, or simply for having a reputation that every... Read more

Catching British nationals out abroad

FCO encourages people to be better prepared by researching the local laws and customs of their holiday destination before travel. Every year British nationals risk getting caught out by local laws and customs when travelling overseas.  From driving a dirty car in Russia, to wearing camouflage cloth... Read more

The ten strangest items ever seized at customs

If you've ever been caught trying to smuggle a large bottle of perfume or a smelly foodstuff through customs and you've been caught, you'll probably remember the shame. The look in the official's eyes as they found your contraband item. The embarrassment you felt as it was consigned to the bin.Howev... Read more

Over 12m Brits predicted to take a winter holiday

According to ABTA, over 12 million Brits are set to take a winter holiday during the coming months. ABTA's research suggests that around 43% of people interviewed are planning a winter break to feel the sun on their faces - and 18% of (possibly more adventurous) people are planning a winter sports ... Read more

Do you really know what your insurance covers?

It's all very well buying travel insurance - but if you don't know what it covers, you could be in trouble. We've been working with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to remind our customers of the importance of keeping up to date with travel advice and understanding what their travel insu... 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

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

New research suggests female solo travellers are on the rise

Good news, solo lady travellers - your numbers are growing.  New research undertaken by Travelzoo has suggested that 60% of women in the UK would be happy to head off on holiday alone, and that the destinations British women perceive as the world’s safest are France, Spain, Canada, Italy and the Un... Read more

Should I stay with Airbnb? Two travellers share very different stories

Have you stayed with Airbnb? What was your experience like? Since its launch in 2008, Airbnb has been a traveller staple - people can avoid the sky-high costs of a hotel and enjoy more privacy and space than at a hostel by staying in their host's spare room or vacated apartment. Of course, this com... Read more

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