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Surfers flock to the Severn for tidal bore fun

Surfers have been flocking to The Severn to take advantage of unique conditions that allow them to ride the 'super' tidal bore which happens a few times every year. The Severn Bore is a large surge wave that can be seen in the estuary of the river, where the tidal range can reach 50 feet (approx. 1... Read more

Qantas Update: Airline offering 70,000 affected passengers compensation after recent strikes

After the recent strike action that resulted in Qantas dramatically grounding all of its fleet of aircraft and the subsequent ruling by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to permanently end the dispute – Qantas has been requested to offer compensation to the 70,000 passengers ... Read more

Up Coming Music Festivals on the Alps

As Easter break draws closer, travel savvy skiers/snowboarders are looking for more than just powdery white slopes when deciding on their final ski trip of the season. And in an effort to tempt visitors, ski areas around Europe are organizing an array of endless body rocking festivities to mark the ... Read more

Budget-friendly city breaks this May bank holiday

With the next May bank holiday fast approaching, a cheeky city break is probably starting to look very appealing. Cheap, frequent flights will take you to cities all over Europe, so you can make the most of the long weekend and get away for a few days without having to rob a bank. The big decision ... Read more

Chemmy Alcott Interview - What's Next?

As a proud sponsor of Chemmy Alcott we were thrilled to watch her race at Sochi, her fourth Olympics, and place 19th. To come back from a leg break in August and perform so well for Team GB in February is a prime example of a strong women who just does not give up. So we can't imagine she preparing ... Read more

Team GB's Sochi Rollercoaster to Gold, Silver and Two Bronze

Olympic besties, Chemmy and Julia Mancuso, enjoying participating at the world event. Sochi 2014, the purpose built Olympic extravaganza, was full of glory and grief. Alpine skiing was one of the Olympic sports that kept us edging forward on our couches with every ice-scratching turn; we were grabb... Read more

Valentines Day - Romance Ratings & Survey Results

To celebrate Valentine's Day, Columbus Direct are offering 20% off our travel insurance products. Follow this link and 'like' Columbus on Facebook to take advantage of this offer and save today. How do you know when you’ve fulfilled your partner’s true desires on the day you propose? They say ‘yes’... Read more

Christmas Markets Shop till you drop

Get into the Christmas spirit with a trip to one of Europe’s Christmas Markets. Choose from glühwein in Berlin, a quick waltz around Salzburg or a guaranteed blanket of snow in pretty, medieval Tallinn. Or for a stay that’s closer to home, why not plan a festive break to one of the UK’s Christmas ma... Read more

Great holiday ideas to get away from it all

The daily commute and demands of juggling a hectic social and family life can leave you in the doldrums at this grey old time of year.  What you need is a pick-me-up – so what about planning a getaway that’s both rejuvenating and good for the soul, to set you back on track?  Here are a few of our ... Read more

US spring snow storm moves east after Midwestern havoc

A spring storm that brought as much as 17in (43 cm) of snow to parts of the US Midwest is moving east. Up to ten inches are expected in parts of Pennsylvania, with lesser totals forecast from southern New York to the states of the mid-Atlantic region. The storm was blamed over the weekend for a se... Read more

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