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Be safe on the slopes

Columbus Direct is one of over 500 travel industry partners that supports of the FCO’s Know Before You Go campaign, whose aim is to help Brits to stay safe and healthy abroad. And with the ski season in full flow, the Know Before You Go team has sent us the results of a recent survey of winte... Read more

Insure your pet can come on holiday

Almost half of UK households own a pet and, with the summer holiday season approaching, many will be considering taking their dog or cat away with them. According to recent research by a pet retailer*, one quarter of UK adult pet owners are prepared to pay the same amount as an extra adult on holid... Read more

Olympics cause 40% of Brits to delay summer holidays

Two out of five people are juggling their holidays because of the games One in ten have decided against a foreign holiday London 16 July 2012 – With just a couple of weeks to go until the London Olympics, travel insurance specialist Columbus Direct has found that many Brits are planning their ... Read more

Quake off Solomon Islands Triggers Deadly Tsunami

Homes were damaged and at least four people have been reported dead after a tsunami triggered by an earthquake hit the Solomon Islands. The quake, with a magnitude 8.0, struck at 01:12 GMT near the Santa Cruz islands, the US Geological Survey said. A tsunami measuring 0.9m (3ft) then hit Lata in t... Read more

Get a better deal for your Summer Holiday

If you’re like us and looking forward to your summer holiday already this year, it’s a good time to start planning if you want to get a good deal. A recent study* by ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) suggests that  a third of us (34%) booked their holiday further in advance in 2012 compare... Read more

Volcanic Ash - North America & Asia

Sunday 5 May 2013 15.00 BST A remote Alaska volcano rumbled to life on Saturday with three explosions and started emitting a continuous plume of ash, steam and gas in an area important to air traffic, scientists said. The low-level explosions at Cleveland Volcano, which lies below a major air-traf... Read more

The holiday items that Brits can't live without

If you could only pack ten items for your next holiday, what would they be? Take a tip from our handy infographic... Read more

Search your sofa for holiday cash

If you’re dreading the arrival of winter and your summer tan is a long-distant memory, cheer up - there’s a very good chance you could have the funds you need to make your winter holiday a reality. A new study reported in the Daily Mail has revealed that the average household brings home around £11... Read more

Holidaying Brits get lost for 2.2m hours per year

If you thought that we were a nation of savvy travellers, think again. It appears that when we're on holiday, Brits abroad are losing a staggering 21.9m hours of their breaks because they're getting lost.That's right - we're all able to negotiate the Tube without a moment's hesitation, we always man... Read more

The holiday essentials that infuriate your partner

We all like to believe that we’re talented at packing for our holidays – and that, as adults, we know what we need to take away with us. If we want to stuff some packets of Cheddars into our shoes or bring along twelve paperbacks, so help us, we will. However, is your terrible packing sending your ... Read more

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