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The great outdoors

Rumour has it, Spring is here…Time to head in to the sunshine for a UK break, before the inevitable Summer wash out arrives.  Here are our top picks for a great weekend staycation: Whether you’re a budding Masterchef or simply have a hankering for home baking, there are plenty of food festivals spr... Read more

Tips and tricks for great holiday snaps

A case of the dreaded 'red eye?  An unwanted photobomber getting in the way of your view? We've all had disappointing holiday snaps in the past, but in the digital age and with the advent of social photo sharing, there’s now no excuse to come back from your summer holiday without an impressive set ... 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

Great Apes: How Born Free are saving gorillas and chimps from extinction

The Born Free Foundation is dedicated to helping animals worldwide, and nobody knows better than Programmes Manager Liz Greengrass how tricky a task it can be. Apes worldwide are in trouble. Their numbers are declining, their habitats are being destroyed by deforestation and adult apes are being ki... 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

The best anti-Valentine’s Day trips for successful singletons

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and it’s just as tedious as ever. If you’d like to celebrate not being tied down and you want to take a trip to toast your fancy-free lifestyle (or just look forlornly into the distance and drink on a beach somewhere), here are the best locations to jet off to. Just ... Read more

Great holiday ideas to get away from it all

The daily commute and demands of juggling a hectic social and family life can leave you in the doldrums at this grey old time of year.  What you need is a pick-me-up – so what about planning a getaway that’s both rejuvenating and good for the soul, to set you back on track?  Here are a few of our ... Read more

How to think like Chemmy Alcott

There seems to be no stopping our brand ambassador, Chemmy Alcott. Despite recently tearing her ACL (the tough band of tissue joining the thigh bone to the shin bone at the knee), she’s still firing on all cylinders. Her recovery’s going well, and she’s determined to make the most of her time off t... Read more

Great news for Greece as 2016 looks to be a bumper year for tourism

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The world's best zoos explored

For some, holidays are built around food and wine. For others, thrilling sports and outdoor adventures are the top priority (once they have their travel insurance sorted, of course). However, for a select few, seeing the local wildlife and visiting zoos is their main goal - and why not? After all, ... Read more

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