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Five cool things to pack this summer

Beyond flip flops and factor 30, take a look at our top five must-have items for your summer holiday this year. If you only pack one thing in your suitcase this summer, make sure it's one of these. And underwear. Please don't forget your underwear. 1) Fisheye smartphone lens Treat yourself to a ge... Read more

Best of - Award Winning Beaches

Hitting the beach this summer?  Looking for guaranteed crowd-free shores and glistening blue water?  Look no further!  Here’s our guide to Europe’s award winning and highly acclaimed beaches – all with blue flag status.Rabbit Beach – SicilyVoted best beach in the world in Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s ... Read more

Ski and Snowboard Show 2013 with Chemmy Alcott

Highlights of Chemmy at the Ski and Snowboard Show at Earl's Court, London, October 30th 2013 http://youtu.be/ZxDGL7G0iBE In Chemmy Alcott’s most important year of her career, her focus on the 2014 Sochi Olympics is like a clamped crocodile’s jaw. Her determination and fight are steely as she face... Read more

Preparing for your first family activity holiday

Adventure holidays are becoming increasingly popular. Not only are they fun and exciting, but they provide a great chance for family members to bond while giving their comfort zones the old heave-ho. Whether it's a trip centred around kayaking, cycling, river rafting, hiking or trekking, the whole ... Read more

A day With Chemmy at The Ski & Snowboard show

It's only a few months to Sochi and all the Olympians are showing their support for the sports they love. Chemmy's passion is not just for going really fast downhill but for having fun enjoying the opportunities her sport has given her. Last Wednesday we saw her fun side at The Ski and Snowboard Sh... Read more

Ten of the weirdest and most useless baby inventions ever created

With the nation gripped by Royal Baby Fever Part 2 here at Columbus Direct, we have decided to look at ten of the weirdest and most useless baby inventions. These a great way to keep your kids entertained while on holiday. Possibly. We make no promises. Baby Mop If you’re anything like us on hol... Read more

Day in the life of. . .

The scratching of the dog wakes me up. I move slowly so as not to wake Suz and see the clock says 6:05am. I walk into the lounge, straight to the window and open the blinds in one smooth movement. A bright British day pours in. Looking at the trees I can see they are frantically waving at me. A sho... Read more

Sports and activities covered free with Columbus Direct

When we go away on holiday, most of us just want to be to be covered for a relaxing snorkel or a round of golf on our travel insurance. However, what if you're after a little bit more? We cover 150 sports and activities as standard, so if you're seeking a new challenge, we're the right insurer for ... Read more

The ultimate guide to 2015's best festivals

The word 'festival' almost invariably brings to mind images of welly-clad punters squelching through the mud 'somewhere, somewhere in a field in Hampshire' (as Pulp so memorably put it). Just thinking that festivals start and end with the likes of Glastonbury is to do the others a disservice. After... Read more

Columbus Sponsors Selsdon Little League in Croydon

The Selsdon Little League in Croydon is a great place for kids aged 7-13 years old to play football and netball in a fun and friendly environment. Run entirely by volunteers, Selsdon Little League provides a place for families to come along on Saturday mornings and enjoy meeting other parents and th... Read more

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