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Solo female travellers: Making your trip safe and memorable

If you're a woman who's chosen to travel alone, it can be one of the most fulfilling, rewarding and exciting things you'll ever do. Sorting out backpacker insurance, drawing up an itinerary and choosing a destination is exciting, but it is vital to remember that whether you're away for a week or fo... Read more

Holiday insurance FAQs for people travelling alone

There’s a lot to be said for hitting the road alone. You’re free to make your own choices. You can choose where and when you eat, sleep and stay; it’s an empowering way to travel. Found a new destination you’d like to see? Just pack up, buy your ticket and move on. Now, imagine getting to the airpo... Read more

New research suggests female solo travellers are on the rise

Good news, solo lady travellers - your numbers are growing.  New research undertaken by Travelzoo has suggested that 60% of women in the UK would be happy to head off on holiday alone, and that the destinations British women perceive as the world’s safest are France, Spain, Canada, Italy and the Un... Read more

Your travel insurance questions answered

Booking your holiday is always a great feeling. After all, it’s your world - enjoy it! From exploring a new city to lounging on the beach with a cocktail, your holidays are the best time of the year. We’ve covered the most frequently-asked questions about our travel insurance; from your first holid... Read more

Seven travel resolutions for 2016

Whether you’ve saved enough to finally enjoy your gap year and head off somewhere exotic, or you’re determined to explore beyond Europe, it’s always good to start the New Year with some travel resolutions. Lacking inspiration? Fear not - we’ve done some thinking on your behalf. Bring your own food ... Read more

Unforgettable food: Travel bloggers reveal their favourite meals abroad

What’s your favourite meal - you know, the one you’ll never forget? We’ve rounded up an array of well-known travel bloggers and asked them this - what’s the best meal you’ve had on your travels? You know, the one that you thought about for weeks afterwards and tried, unsuccessfully, to make at home... Read more

Why you should use Tinder when you travel

 Maybe the title is why you’re reading this; the thought of using Tinder while abroad is just too horrifying to consider. “I’ll meet weirdos,” you think. “I’ll meet people who are after dodgy situations, or I’ll never have the time to meet them, or they’ll have unrealistic expectations.” Relax. Yes,... Read more

Sexism and travel: ABTA's guide to cultural differences and staying safe abroad

Columbus Direct has spoken to ABTA about cultural differences, and how you can avoid coming unstuck during your summer holiday by following a few simple rules. If you're reading this in the UK, you'll be aware that as a rule, we're a pretty tolerant country. However, there are some countries where ... Read more

Holidaymakers urged to watch out for fraud scams this summer

If you're booking your holiday online this year, make sure you're aware of the scams out there that could set you back thousands of pounds. According to a new report by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau section of the City of London Police, around £2.2m was stolen from unsuspecting holidaymake... Read more

The funniest Daily Mail comments about travel and holidays

When it comes to travel, we'll admit that our views are fairly simplistic. It's good for the soul, it's fun, it teaches you skills you never thought you'd want - or need, it's exciting, it broadens your horizons and it's a great way of getting out of the house.  Of course, there are those who would... Read more

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