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Five festival gadgets you need this summer

Music festivals offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy a weekend of inhibition-losing - a time to let your hair down, get muddy and have fun with the people and bands you love. The fact that we spend hundreds of pounds to sleep in makeshift shelters, cook on small fires and sit on the floor listening to stories implies we're more than happy to go back to primal basics for a few days. In truth though, there are some luxuries that are just too difficult to forget. Thankfully, there are plenty of gadgets designed to make the whole camping experience a little more comfortable. Here are just a few of the best for 2014; the highlights from a selection published in free newspaper Metro in May: Read More...
Ozora Festival, one of the greatest psychedelic music gathering in Euorpe

The Festival lowdown: Not all mud, grass and tents

The word 'festival' almost invariably brings to mind images of wellie-clad punters squelching through the mud "somewhere, somewhere in a field in Hampshire" (as Pulp so memorably put it). Just thinking festivals start and end with the likes of Glastonbury is to do the vast array of others a disservice. After all, there have been festivals held across Britain (and the wider world) for centuries, so you'd think we'd be rather good at them by now. So here's a somewhat exhaustive list of festivals taking place across Britain, Europe and the wider world, to show that there really is an abundance of choice. Read More...
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Top 5 Football Injuries and The Cost for Treatment in Brazil

With Brits buying over 38,000 tickets to the World Cup, it is expected that thousands will be jetting off to sunny Brazil this June. Kick-off is just a few weeks away so leading travel insurance specialist, Columbus Direct, has looked at the top football injuries and how much it would cost for treatment in Brazil. Read More...
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Foreign Travel Insurance: Caution and Common Sense for Holidays in Brazil

Brazil’s popularity as a holiday destination continues to grow rapidly as hosts of the World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics, building on record numbers of tourists reported over the past 10 years. This year Brazil is expecting 600,000 tourists and 3 million Brazilian travellers for the World Cup. “The idea of making the World Cup in twelve cities in all regions of Brazil aims to attract tourists to all of these areas”, the National Secretary of Public Policies, Vinicus Lummertz said. From golden sands, stunning lagoons and mountain forests, even a casual walk out of the cities will delight. In the cities you have colonial architecture, a vibrant carnival culture, and open-air food markets brimming with local cuisine including ostrich and alligator. Tourists with plans for adventure will relish a trip into the rainforests of the Amazon River Basin and to the monumental Iguaçu Falls on the border between Argentina and Brazil. Read More...
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Budget-friendly city breaks this May bank holiday

With the May bank holidays fast approaching, a cheeky city break is probably starting to look very appealing. Regular 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 is simply choosing where to go for your budget-friendly break. So where can you go that won't cost you a fortune, but will still give you chance to have a fun-packed few days? Read More...
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8 Motivational Tips from Ski legend Chemmy Alcott

Chemmy Alcott has skied her final competitive race. She has competed to the highest standards in four Olympics during her 23 years as a professional skier, has five top 10 World Cup finishes, a high of eighth in World Cup rankings, and is seven-time British National Alpine Ski Champion. Yes it’s the end of a career of actively being the most successful female British alpine ski racer, but coming first in your final race is not a result of someone who is fading out. Read More...
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Top 3 long weekend breaks for Couples

Easter is the perfect time to take a romantic break. For most of us, Easter signals a couple of free days off work and for the amount you'd spend on entertainment over that four-day weekend, a trip abroad wouldn't actually be out of the question - but where to go? Here are our recommendations on the best places for couples to visit this Easter weekend. Read More...
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Columbus Direct goes ‘street’ with the launch of txt speak policy wording!

With mobile users in the UK sending around 11 million texts an hour, text speak or “txt speak” has even been used in exam papers and job applications. As a growing part of modern language, Columbus Direct had adopted the terminology in order to ensure that travel insurance moves with the times. Read More...