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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

Announcement: Columbus Day Prize Draw Winner

Congratulations to Jessica Coleman from Kingston Upon Thames on winning the case of new world wine in our 'Columbus Day Prize Draw'. Read more

Our Columbus Day competition was a huge success

We've got just one word for you - wow. The standard of entries for our Columbus Day competition was incredible, and we'd like to thank everyone who entered. We received over 100 entries, and when it comes to imagination, you lot don't disappoint. From discoveries that came about due to dodgy satna... Read more

Check out the winning entry for our Columbus Day competition

When we finally sat down to try and choose a winner for our Columbus Day competition (with an independent adjudicator, of course), we had no idea how hard it would be to pick a winner. We asked you to submit your accidental holiday discoveries, and sifting through the hundreds of incredible entries... Read more

Day in the life of. . .

The scratching of the dog wakes me up. I move slowly so as not to wake Suz and see the clock says 6:05am. I walk into the lounge, straight to the window and open the blinds in one smooth movement. A bright British day pours in. Looking at the trees I can see they are frantically waving at me. A sho... Read more

Valentines Day - Romance Ratings & Survey Results

To celebrate Valentine's Day, Columbus Direct are offering 20% off our Travel Insurance products. Follow this link and 'like' Columbus on Facebook to take advantage of this offer and save today. How do you know when you’ve fulfilled your partner’s true desires on the day you propose? They say ‘yes’... Read more

Top five facts about Christopher Columbus

We thought we’d have some fun and find out more about our namesake - so here are our top five facts about Christopher Columbus: 1) Christopher Columbus was actually Italian – born in Genoa in 1451 (although he always wrote in Spanish).  However, some believe he was born on the island of Corsica, wh... Read more

Columbus to the rescue! Two customers tell us how we saved the day

As you know, we’re in the business of taking care of you and your family if something goes awry when you’re abroad. And we’re good at it. We’ve been protecting travellers since 1988, and we’ve made sure that you can have access to the support and cover you need while you’re travelling. However, don... Read more

Just in time for Valentine's Day: Holiday proposals which went horribly wrong

Holiday proposals are magic, aren't they? Well, you'd hope so. Sand, sun, sea, and something sparkly - it all sounds like the perfect way to get engaged, doesn't it? Well, that's true most of the time, but occasionally even the best-laid plans can go awry. If you're thinking of proposing on holida... Read more

A day With Chemmy at The Ski & Snowboard show

It's only a few months to Sochi and all the Olympians are showing their support for the sports they love. Chemmy's passion is not just for going really fast downhill but for having fun enjoying the opportunities her sport has given her. Last Wednesday we saw her fun side at The Ski and Snowboard Sh... Read more

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