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Top tips for your first time in Rome

Ah Rome, the eternal city. Italy's much-loved capital continues to enchant millions of visitors every year with its ancient architecture, its vibrant culture and pure romance. It's no wonder that Rome appears on many people's bucket lists, it offers so many attractions and landmarks. However, when ... Read more

Buon appetito! How to find the best budget-friendly food in Rome

Italy’s a favourite travel destination for Brits – but it can be a somewhat-pricy destination. Holiday’s aren’t the time to start stockpiling your savings – after all, you’re there to have fun – but finding a bargain is a great idea. Plus, if you’re after some really tasty food, expense doesn’t alwa... Read more

Where to go this August bank holiday?

It's the last one of the year - at least until Christmas rolls around all too quickly. Bank holidays are the perfect excuse to book a little getaway with your partner, friends or family (before the kids go back to school). August 25 is a great time to have one, too. The sun is still shining, the fi... Read more

Best places to use up your remaining holiday allowance

The end of the year is getting closer and closer, but you still haven't used all your holiday allowance. If you don't use it up, you'll risk losing it altogether. Our solution, you ask? Use it on a holiday. I mean come on, you've been working hard all year, you surely deserve another break? You may... Read more

Funny TripAdvisor reviews: Part 2

We've witnessed tourists' rage at Buckingham Palace and The Louvre, and now it's time to see which other cultural attractions they've decided to desecrate (in written form, via TripAdvisor). You can catch up with part 1 here. Travel is great because it's unpredictable; best-made plans will go awry,... Read more

Tune in to Barcelona in Summer 2012

With its sandy beaches and chilled out city culture, Barcelona makes for an ideal summer break. And with no Glastonbury this year, there’s no better time to head off, as it plays host to acts as diverse as Bob Dylan, Dizzee Rascal, De La Soul and The Horrors at Benicassim and Primavera Sound festiva... Read more

Top 3 long weekend breaks for couples

Aw, so you've met someone new? We're delighted for you. Truly, we are. And now you're heading off on your first minibreak! But where to go? Luckily, we have some ideas lined up...SevilleAlthough it doesn't have the same reputation as Paris or Rome when it comes to romance, Seville is actually a wond... 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

The Columbus Direct team share their worst holiday mistakes

Making mistakes is what travel is all about; you can't see the world properly without the odd faux-pas or missed flight. We decided to ask around the Columbus Direct team and see what their worst-ever travel mistakes were; the responses we received surprised us. From oversleeping to undersleeping, ... 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

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