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How is Christmas celebrated around the world?

Ever wondered what it would be like to spend Christmas in Rio, Sydney or Cape Town? If you're not leaving the UK this December, you can still discover how other countries celebrate Christmas - and it's all down to social media. People have been sharing snaps of their Christmases online for several... 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

Top unexplored parts of the world Part 1

When you are planning a trip, choosing the destination is the most exciting part. Are you looking for a Mediterranean beach holiday, or are you going to explore the mountain top villages of Nepal? Then all that’s left it to pack your walking shoes, get your insurance, change your answering message o... 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

Hike around the World

There are miles and miles of hiking trails to conquer around the globe, and while trekking along the long and winding paths can be tiring, the rewards in the form of some of the best views you could ever imagine make it all worthwhile. But why a trekking holiday? Easy - you keep fit, which means yo... Read more

Jubilee knees up home or away

Whether you’re celebrating in the Mall or planning a quick getaway to take advantage of the extra Bank Holiday, we look at some of the best places to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend (Saturday 2nd to Tuesday 5th June 2012). London Staycations are still all the rage this year, and with ... Read more

The creepiest worldwide theme parks

There's a place where Thorpe Park meets Westworld and if you search a little harder, you can find entertainment dedicated to a rather well-known dictator of the former Soviet Union. You might think we're making this up; we're not. Here are a few of our favourite weird and wonderful theme park desti... 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

12 of the Strangest Food Events Around the World-Pt 2

Having delved into the murky world of peculiar food events from across the globe, we found there were more odd eating activities going on than we expected, so we are back with another six very strange food festivals, holidays and events. So, without further ado, here are more of the culinary odditi... Read more

12 Of the most unusual holidays in the world - Part 1

Yes, we all know Christmas, New Year and Easter aside, but are you aware of the weird and wonderful holidays that take place around the world each year? The majority of us celebrate the holidays above, which came about to celebrate a person or a significant time in history, but there are loads more... Read more

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