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Brit tourist charged thousands for downloading data abroad

When Patricia Al accidentally downloaded two episodes of My Family when on holiday in Turkey, the only thing she should have worried about was wasting an hour of her life watching the dullest sitcom ever made. However, she was in for a shock when she returned to the UK, as she discovered that she'd... Read more

ESSENTIAL TRAVEL APPS FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP

These days a smartphone is an essential travel companion. Most people wouldn't even dream of leaving the house without theirs. If you want to connect to the internet or keep in touch with friends and family, they make the job much easier. For travellers though, this is just the tip of the iceberg. T... Read more

Easter flight delays: Columbus Direct offers customers free lounge access

We can’t wait for the upcoming Easter holidays - and we bet that you can’t, either. Will you be planning on exploring a new city, making the most of the last few days of skiing, or sunning yourself on a beach? Either way, the Easter break is a great opportunity to unwind. Whether you’re heading away... Read more

Londoners and Welsh most likely to claim for lost bags and medical expenses

We've been busy conducting some research into what people in different parts of the UK are most likely to claim for - and Londoners and the Welsh are topping the list for lost bags and medical claims. People living in South West London are the most likely to claim for baggage which has been lost, st... Read more

The ten best travel gadgets for 2016

Black Friday is coming soon (November 27, in case it isn’t already firmly scribbled in your Filofax), and if you’re planning on splurging on some top travel gadgets for 2016 and beyond, it’s probably the best time to bag a bargain. There’s no need to panic-buy everything in sight (or on your screen... Read more

Five amazing travel gadgets you'll need this summer

We love a travel gadget - whether they make your trip run more smoothly is debatable, but they look good and they often help you make new friends, which can never be a bad thing. Here are our top five picks or this summer. Wikitude – Android, Apple iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, Symbian and other... Read more

How to avoid a row on your first holiday as a couple

Love stories always start off so well, don't they? You download Tinder or walk into the right bar, you meet someone, and it's all going swimmingly. You watch Moulin Rouge together and decide it's time for a minibreak. You drink prosecco on the Eurostar. What could possibly go wrong? Fast-forward two... 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

Millennials married to their jobs in danger of 'holiday burnout'

Hands up if you're always tempted to get on your phone and do just a little bit of extra work while you're on holiday? We've done some research into working on holiday, and we've discovered that lots of people are failing to detach from the office when it comes to their summer breaks. However, it’s ... 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 you... Read more

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