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The best places to stargaze in the UK

Space. The final frontier. And thanks to a recent flurry of space-related films (Matt Damon’s The Martian, 2014’s Gravity, and Matthew McConaughey’s Interstellar) and the supermoon, it's hardly ever out of the news these days. This is, in our opinion, positive. Getting off Facebook and learning abo... Read more

Chemmy Alcott’s Ones to Watch in 2016

We’re always keen to keep an eye on current trends within the ski and snowboarding world, and it’s great to see which young stars are on the rise. We spoke to our brand ambassador Chemmy Alcott about her favourite faces to watch on the slopes; here are five people who Chemmy reckons are going to st... Read more

What to see at London’s Ski and Snowboard Show 2016

What’s the story? We love everything about this festival, but one of the highlights is the evening entertainment - last year, the show teamed up with Snowbombing and four incredible acts (that’s Hot Chip et al), and this year promises to be just as spectacular.  The schedule hasn’t been formally a... Read more

Insuring Star Trek’s Captain Kirk

To celebrate the launch of our brand new Star Trek competition (fancy winning a four-night break in Florida, anyone?), we decided to take a closer look at the Enterprise’s intergalactic travel plans. Put simply, how we could tailor our insurance to protect Captain Kirk from all manner of interspace... Read more

Columbus Wins 5-Stars for Outstanding Value Travel Insurance

Columbus Direct has won the highest star rating for international travel insurance in an extensive 2011 travel insurance survey by independent ratings agency, CANSTAR CANNEX. CANSTAR CANNEX says the award acknowledges Columbus Direct’s outstanding value in the international travel insurance categor... Read more

Just so you know, the FCO is not directory enquiries

Recent enquiries received by Foreign & Commonwealth Office staff in Spain include a request for Phil Collins’ telephone number, and a man reportedly asked staff to contact his dominatrix after she had left him stranded at the airport The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is attempting to remind... Read more

Up Coming Music Festivals on the Alps

As Easter break draws closer, travel savvy skiers/snowboarders are looking for more than just powdery white slopes when deciding on their final ski trip of the season. And in an effort to tempt visitors, ski areas around Europe are organizing an array of endless body rocking festivities to mark the ... Read more

Top 3 long weekend breaks for couples

Aw, so you've met someone new? We're delighted for you. Truly, we are. And now you're heading off on your first minibreak! But where to go? Luckily, we have some ideas lined up...SevilleAlthough it doesn't have the same reputation as Paris or Rome when it comes to romance, Seville is actually a wond... Read more

Team GB's Sochi Rollercoaster to Gold, Silver and Two Bronze

Olympic besties, Chemmy and Julia Mancuso, enjoying participating at the world event. Sochi 2014, the purpose built Olympic extravaganza, was full of glory and grief. Alpine skiing was one of the Olympic sports that kept us edging forward on our couches with every ice-scratching turn; we were grabb... Read more

The Ultimate List of Cruise Holidays

Cruise holidays have evolved. The landscape of uninterested couples sipping martinis has slid off the dance floor and into folklore. Those of us who are cruise virgins can now be incentivised not only by the fact that you pay up-front (and therefore stick to a budget) but that you can experience eve... Read more

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