Weird and Wonderful World Records

World records have been referenced since the inception of the Guinness Book of World Records in 1955, and over the 63 years it’s been published there have been a huge amount of world record attempts, some broken and inevitably, some not. You may have watched Guinness World Records on ITV between 1999 and 2001, which encouraged people to come and try to beat that specific world record live on TV. People would come on and try all sorts, even getting their dog to pop as many balloons in a specific time! But it’s not the amount of records that we are looking at; it’s the weird and the wonderful!... Read more

Top 5 family holiday destinations in Europe this summer

Planning a family summer holiday requires a certain amount of creativity so that it’s fun for the kids, relaxing for you, and affordable. When travelling with young children, you want flights to be relatively short, so if you haven’t planned that much needed getaway during the six week summer stretc... Read more

Summer flight delays and cancellations on the rise

For many people, summer holiday is not a necessity, but a must. Whether it’s a beach holiday, a road trip, an adrenaline-filled adventure, or an exotic vacation in the Far East, summer seems like the perfect time to get away from the hectic rush of everyday life to relax, unwind and replenish energy... Read more

Advice concerning Low Cost Holidays

Holiday booking company Lowcosttravelgroup Ltd. (lowcostholidays.com, Hoteling.com, Lowcostbeds) has gone into administration. The company ceased trading on 15th July 2016. In statement on the Lowcosttravelgroup website the company says: "We deeply regret to announce that the lowcosttravelgroup cea... Read more

Travel advice: Your insurance and the Istanbul airport attack

The attacks at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport (Europe’s third-busiest airport) have caused some travel disruption to and within Turkey. If you’re in Istanbul and you want to know how your travel insurance can help you, we’ve answered some FAQs below. For more information, please call our customer servic... Read more

Insuring Star Trek’s Captain Kirk

To celebrate the launch of our brand new Star Trek competition (fancy winning a four-night break in Florida, anyone?), we decided to take a closer look at the Enterprise’s intergalactic travel plans. Put simply, how we could tailor our insurance to protect Captain Kirk from all manner of interspace... Read more

Ten facts about sunburn you need to be aware of

Sunburn is often an unpleasant side-effect of jetting off somewhere warm. You arrive at your destination feeling happy, and ready to go. The pool's there, you've had your first Fanta Lemon, and you can't wait to stretch out in the sun.  However, it's vital that you don't forget your suncream - and... Read more

Less than one third of air passengers are claiming for flight delay compensation

New research from money.co.uk has shown that 30% of air passengers aren’t claiming for compensation after flight delays. The study has claimed that 70% of people surveyed about their flying habits admitted they didn’t know they could claim compensation - and plenty of people though the maximum amou... Read more

Sports and activities covered free with Columbus Direct

When we go away on holiday, most of us just want to be to be covered for a relaxing snorkel or a round of golf on our travel insurance. However, what if you're after a little bit more? We cover 150 sports and activities as standard, so if you're seeking a new challenge, we're the right insurer for ... Read more

7 things you need to know before you explore Albania

European breaks are great fun – but if you’re after adventure and a bit of a challenge, give Albania a go. It’s a country which will offer visitors all kids of surprises. Exciting, friendly, and definitely one for adventure-seekers, it’s one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. If you’re all about discov... Read more

Twenty-four little-known facts about the Euro 2016 countries

Even if you’re not a football fan, you can’t have missed the build-up to Euro 2016. This Friday, it’s all kicking off – and 24 countries will go head to head to battle for the top spot. There’s such an eclectic mix of countries taking part, we thought it would be good idea to find out some little-k... Read more