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. Which vaccinations will I need? Many destinations don’t need vaccinations - but some places, such as India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Cambodia will require you to take a trip to the doctor’s surgery for your jabs. Vaccinations for cholera, diphtheria, polio and tetanus booster, hepatitis A, combine... Read more

How to live in harmony with difficult people

Even though your home should be your sanctuary from the world, every now and then, you'll find yourself sharing a space with a person (or, heaven forbid, people) who don't make your life easy. This can be massively stressful, but there are ways of making sure that your home remains a safe and comfo... Read more

Columbus Direct backs Swiss ski resort which has banned Saint Bernard selfies

We're delighted to hear that the ski resort of Zermatt in Switzerland is in the process of banning tourists taking pictures with Saint Bernards. These snaps have always been a must-have souvenir in Zermatt, but the Swiss Animal Protection Agency has recently raised concerns that former search and r... Read more

How to add value to your home in six easy ways

If you want your house price to rise, it's best to invest wisely - a misplaced patio, dodgy paint job or incongruous conservatory can knock thousands off the price of your home. However, there are some clever tips and tricks you can utilise in order to boost the value of your home. 1) Faster broad... Read more

BBQs and home safety

The sun is finally (sporadically) out, people are going on their lunchbreaks without their jackets and there's a mad rush on baps. It can only mean one thing: it's almost barbecue time! There's nothing we Brits like more in the summer months - apart from burning ourselves stupid in the midday su... 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

Columbus Direct employees celebrate National Pet Month by bringing their pets into the office

Columbus Direct employees are preparing for a month of animal love in the office in order to celebrate National Pet Month, which runs from today until May 4. Dogs, cats and rodents are welcome, but exotic pets and fish are not allowed onto the office floor as their specialist equipment could be pro... Read more

The FCA proposes to ban opt-out selling

In a move that will delight consumers and watchdogs alike, the Financial Conduct Authority is set to ban opt-out selling in financial services markets. Last year, the general insurance market was reviewed, and add-ons were put under the microscope. This is thought to be the reason for the regulator... Read more

The household life hacks you shouldn't be without

Your home is your sanctuary, and you want to keep it - and your belongings - safe and protected.  Well, that's where we come in - our home insurance is top dog, and we'll make sure that the things that matter to you are looked after. However, what about all the little everyday irritations which yo... Read more

How to amuse your kids at home this half term

If you haven’t got kids, there’s a good chance you won’t understand the relevance of February 15 - 19, but for many parents, it’s a week they've been simultaneously looking forward to and dreading. That’s right, it’s half term. Enemy of the commute, ally of the sweet shop, zoo and cinema. If yo... Read more

Do you live in a burglary hotspot?

Do you know how safe your area is? New research published by MoneySuperMarket has revealed which parts of the UK are likely to be targeted by thieves - and which areas are, statistically, the safest. The research looked at millions of home insurance quotes to  find the postcodes where homeowners a... Read more