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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

#nofilter: 5 ways to perfect your Instagram travel pictures

Instagram is a traveling photographer's dream. Whether you're wining and dining in a European capital or island hopping in the South Pacific, you'll be keen to give friends and family back home a snapshot of the experience. The combination of artistic shots, breathtaking scenery and playful caption... Read more

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

Paris minibreak guide: How to do the city in five days

Heading to France's capital for Euro 2016? If you're tying in your visit with a trip to Paris, here's how to make the most of your time in the capital. Paris is full of beautiful buildings, vibrant culture and lots to see and do, and it can be tough trying to decide what you should do first. So, we... Read more

The top ten best bits in Airplane

Made in 1980 and never quite surpassed as one of the greatest films of all time, Airplane! is 34 this year. And it's still comedy gold. Seeing as we know a fair bit about travel and the mishaps it can bring (shameless plug - our travel insurance is top banana, should the worst happen), we thought w... Read more

Top ten surefire signs that you need a holiday

Let's be honest - most of us feel like we could do with a holiday all of the time.  However, there are certain tell-tale signs that you're nearing the end of your tether and modern life is getting on top of you - and that's when you should begin looking at flights, fast. You become unbearable on s... Read more

How to travel like a badass in ten easy steps

Not everyone's built for travelling. Hold the phone - we said travelling, not holidays. Holidays are great; you're ferried from place to place, the food's normally easily-recognisable, most people speak English (or will be kind to you if you attempt their language) and the place you're staying in w... Read more

Columbus Direct backs Swiss ski resort which has banned Saint Bernard selfies

We're delighted to hear that the ski resort of Zermatt in Switzerland is in the process of banning tourists taking pictures with Saint Bernards. These snaps have always been a must-have souvenir in Zermatt, but the Swiss Animal Protection Agency has recently raised concerns that former search and r... Read more

How is Christmas celebrated around the world?

Ever wondered what it would be like to spend Christmas in Rio, Sydney or Cape Town? If you're not leaving the UK this December, you can still discover how other countries celebrate Christmas - and it's all down to social media. People have been sharing snaps of their Christmases online for several... Read more