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Top 5 Columbus Day Celebrations

It’s Columbus Day on October 12th and Christopher Columbus’ crossing of the Atlantic is celebrated in many cultures and in many forms. The explorer’s heritage means you can immerse yourself in Italian culture in San Francisco’s 145th Italian Heritage Parade, or you can dance Salsa all week in the to... Read more

Mardis Gras: The name alone screams “celebration”

The actual translation of Mardi Gras is “Fat Tuesday” and it takes its name from the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, marking the start of the Western Christianity observation of Lent. The weeks leading up to Easter Sunday are a time of sacrifice and reflection so the Tuesday before it all begins has g... Read more

Jubilee knees up home or away

Whether you’re celebrating in the Mall or planning a quick getaway to take advantage of the extra Bank Holiday, we look at some of the best places to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend (Saturday 2nd to Tuesday 5th June 2012). London Staycations are still all the rage this year, and with ... Read more

Olympics cause 40% of Brits to delay summer holidays

Two out of five people are juggling their holidays because of the games One in ten have decided against a foreign holiday London 16 July 2012 – With just a couple of weeks to go until the London Olympics, travel insurance specialist Columbus Direct has found that many Brits are planning their ... 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

Ten unusual Easter traditions from around the world

With Easter weekend fast approaching, millions of us are planning to leave the UK to enjoy a quick break. We've given Easter a bit of thought recently, and we've come to the conclusion that it's not all bunnies and chocolate. Traditions around the world vary wildly from country to country; here are... Read more

The 10 best LGBT destinations in Europe

If you're on the hunt for a brilliant LBGT destination in Europe, relax - we've found ten of the best. Amsterdam With a long-standing reputation as one of the world's most liberal cities, Amsterdam is a welcoming place for LGBT travellers, with a host of gay-friendly establishments just waiting to... Read more

How to find the cheapest hotel rooms

The post-Christmas slump is well and truly upon us, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s time to book a holiday. We’re right behind that kind of idea, but money’s often a bit tight after December. What can you do? Luckily, we’ve been in touch with Momondo, who have told us a few sneaky ways... Read more

How to make the most of Seville’s Feria de Abril

Seville’s Feria de Abril is a tradition which many tourists view as a local’s festival’. However, there’s no need to give it a wide berth, or think you won’t fit in – travel blogger Cat Gaa is on hand to give some insider tips! Cat’s an expert on all things Spain; following university, she wanted t... Read more

Halloween around the World

Whether you’re trick or treating, carving pumpkins, lighting bonfires or bobbing for apples this Halloween, in many other parts of the world you will find church services and lighting candles on graves. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up what you could expect to see taking place around the world, i... Read more

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