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The ultimate holiday playlist

The importance of a holiday playlist has been drummed into us from an early age; remember all the advice in TV Hits about making compilation tapes before heading off on your holidays? Nothing's changed apart from the medium - these days we've swapped our beloved tapes for Spotify and iTunes - but t... Read more

UK flights face disruption after London airspace closes

Flight delays are predicted this evening. A computer failure at the UK's air traffic control centre means that all flights have been grounded and passengers are facing widespread disruption.While most travel insurance policies include cover for Travel Delay, the cover is normally only provided wher... Read more

Columbus Direct take on the Scorpion Kings and live to tell the tail

Last night was our South African team's third game of the season, and they played the Scorpion Kings. And, believe you me, what a game it was. For the first time this season, the team started on the front foot, as they scored two goals almost straight away. Then things got interesting. The score w... Read more

The craziest reasons for planes turning around

What kind of events would cause a pilot to turn a plane around? We've had a trawl though the murky depths of the internet, and we've uncovered the strangest reasons flights have been forced to turn around. Top tip - if you're related to someone important, you can pretty much rule the skies. Mind t... Read more

How does the Greek economic crisis affect your travel insurance?

**Please note - the FCO no longer advise taking euros in cash to cover the entire duration of your stay; however there are still restrictions on some banking services in Greece. Click here for more information.** The economic crisis in Greece may be causing holidaymakers a lot of worry - what does ... 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

How you can claim if your flight is delayed or cancelled over the Christmas period

Barring illness abroad or losing their passport, a traveller’s worst nightmare is arriving at the airport and seeing signs saying 'Delayed' or, even worse, 'Cancelled'. Not great at any time, but potentially horrendous, especially if you’re travelling to see friends or family for the Christmas break... Read more

Easter flight delays: Columbus Direct offers customers free lounge access

We can’t wait for the upcoming Easter holidays - and we bet that you can’t, either. Will you be planning on exploring a new city, making the most of the last few days of skiing, or sunning yourself on a beach? Either way, the Easter break is a great opportunity to unwind. Whether you’re heading awa... Read more

Less than one third of air passengers are claiming for flight delay compensation

New research from money.co.uk has shown that 30% of air passengers aren’t claiming for compensation after flight delays. The study has claimed that 70% of people surveyed about their flying habits admitted they didn’t know they could claim compensation - and plenty of people though the maximum amou... Read more

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