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Holiday insurance: What all couples should know before they fly away

Going away with your partner is a chance to relax, forget about work and enjoy some much-needed quality time. You’re probably already imagining swimming in the sea, eating out, and lazy mornings by the pool! It’s your chance to unwind, and focus on soaking up the sun and enjoying a glass or two of l... Read more

A parental guide to holiday romances

Ah, holiday romances. The domain of a million teenage romance novels and normally the reason why you hear "But, Dad, I love him!" being screamed at any European airport over the summer. If you're about to jet off on an autumn break and you're a bit concerned that your boy-crazy (or, indeed, girl-cr... 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 street ... Read more

Columbus Direct debunks the top holiday myths

We've taken a look at some travel-related myths and looked at whether you should pay any attention to them or not. If you've ever had a holiday fear which you think is irrational, we'll put you straight here. Is it safe to swim after eating? Sorry, parents - that old 'wait an hour' rule is dead in t... 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 ove... Read more

Holiday insurance and extreme sports: What do you need to know?

Adventure holidays are all about exploring new and thrilling ways to have fun. You might want to try scuba diving, jet-skiing, deep-sea fishing or zorbing – the excitement’s yours for the taking. The only limit is your imagination! We believe that you should be able to get out there and make the mos... Read more

Essential life hacks for keeping babies and toddlers safe in the sun

Holidays are so important. We save for them, plan them and keep our fingers crossed that everything will be perfect. However, accidents and illnesses can happen anywhere, and can be more complicated when you're away from your home environment. A few basic precautions and advanced packing can make a ... 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

How to manage your workload before going on holiday

You may love your job - you may hate your job. You may be even be entirely ambivalent about it. But whichever way you look at it, you've got to keep things ticking over while you're on your holiday - and that can lead to some stressful times in the office before you leave. We're a team that loves t... Read more

How to beat the ten most popular travel scams

Many of us have been scammed on holiday; sadly, it comes with the territory. Tourists are always easy to prey upon as they're in an unfamiliar country and may not be as confident as they would be back home, and thieves and con artists know this. However, there are ways you can outwit them. Familiari... Read more

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