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Holiday to-do list: 10 questions to ask yourself before you fly

Preparing for a holiday can be exciting, but it’s also vital that you focus on the task at hand and make sure you’re totally prepared for your trip. Here’s a useful guide to tying up and loose ends before you go - from holiday insurance to packing like a pro, here are ten things you need to know. 1... Read more

How your vote influences where you go on holiday

Green Party supporters are the most likely to fly long haul, UKIP voters are the biggest sun-worshippers and Lib Dems love a cruise.  Well, that's according to a survey by Travelzoo, who polled 2,700 UK travellers to find out how their political slant affected their holiday choices. Just in case y... Read more

The weird and wonderful world of European dating

We can all agree that dating is a minefield. If you're planning a trip around Europe and you've got your heart set on romancing a few locals, cool your jets - don't start batting your eyelashes until you've taken a look at this handy dating guide by MySingleFriend.com. It's generally accepted that... Read more

How to become a skiing instructor

If you’re already getting excited about the start of the ski season, you’re probably dreaming of untouched pistes, hazy evenings enjoying some après-ski and the feeling of utter satisfaction when you feel your boots snugly click into your skis. Don’t tell us you’ve never thought about doing this for... Read more

The top ten reasons why staycations are rubbish

In case you haven't heard, there's a three-month heatwave predicted, and there's been a flurry of people triumphantly crowing about spending two weeks in the garden lying on a picnic rug. We say 'Beware' to these people; here are ten watertight reasons why staycations are a bad idea. 1) You will no... Read more

Ten reasons why you should avoid Glastonbury and book a last-minute break

The UK's biggest music festival kicks off this Wednesday, and if you're not going, prepare yourself for the onslaught of social media updates. There'll be pictures of sepia-toned cans of cider. They'll be grainy, fuzzy videos of a late-night rave in a dodgy-looking tent. People will wear flowery hea... Read more

Christopher Evans wins the Columbus Direct award for Most Valued Player

The winner of the Columbus Direct award for Most Valued Player for the 2015/2016 season is Christopher Evans of Sutton and Cheam – otherwise known as Robo to many of his opponents, friends and team mates. Christopher, 41, is a 25-year veteran of Sutton’s British Water Polo League team, and he conti... Read more

Great Apes: How Born Free are saving gorillas and chimps from extinction

The Born Free Foundation is dedicated to helping animals worldwide, and nobody knows better than Programmes Manager Liz Greengrass how tricky a task it can be. Apes worldwide are in trouble. Their numbers are declining, their habitats are being destroyed by deforestation and adult apes are being ki... Read more

The FCO looks at 2015's travel trends

What's new for travel in 2015? The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has made some prediction for travel trends this year - so here's what you can expect... Affluent travellers will stop being so cautious: Cautious optimism is so out; well, for the better-off traveller, anyway. In 2014, people to... 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

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