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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

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

How to avoid holiday rip offs

Hands up if you've ever fallen foul of hidden costs? Us too. From airline check-in charges and baggage fees to the exorbitant cost of hotel Wi-Fi, it’s easy to be held to ransom over hidden costs on holiday. The extras all add up, so it’s worth being aware of some of the pitfalls. Major high stree... Read more

What's working as a holiday rep really like?

When you think of holiday reps, you might be tempted to think of the following attributes: Booze. Late nights. Naughty goings-on. Sun. Sand. Sedatives (not really). You’re probably curious, right? We were too, so we decided it would be a good idea to interview an ex-rep to see what their job was re... Read more

The holiday essentials that infuriate your partner

We all like to believe that we’re talented at packing for our holidays – and that, as adults, we know what we need to take away with us. If we want to stuff some packets of Cheddars into our shoes or bring along twelve paperbacks, so help us, we will. However, is your terrible packing sending your ... Read more

Holiday Reps’ tales: Skinny dipping and failed romances in the sun

Max Harrison worked as a holiday rep for three months before his career in the sun came to an abrupt end. As our last piece about holiday reps and what goes on behind the scenes proved so popular, we decided to dig a little deeper, and asked Max about his time in Magaluf (he was also transferred ov... 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

The holiday items that Brits can't live without

If you could only pack ten items for your next holiday, what would they be? Take a tip from our handy infographic... Read more

Holiday insurance for pregnancy: Here’s what you should know

Maybe you’re jetting off on a long-awaited babymoon, or you’re enjoying a beach break with the kids before the new arrival comes? Either way, a break with a bump is guaranteed to be a lot of fun. Picture the scene, holidaymakers. You’ve just arrived at the airport, you’ve sailed through security, a... Read more

Skiing for beginners: What to expect from your first winter sports holiday

Skiing and snowboarding are two adrenaline-fuelled sports which can be tremendous fun for everyone. Thousands of tourists head to mountain holiday resorts in the likes of France, Switzerland and Canada every year to enjoy a winter sports holiday.Even for beginners, it can represent of one of the hig... Read more

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