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Euro 2012 - More than just a game

Poland and Ukraine will be two of the hottest city break destinations of 2012, as they’re set to co-host the UEFA Euro 2012 football championships between 8 June and 1 July 2012. It’s not all about the great game though, as the 8 host cities, including Kiev, Lviv and Warsaw amongst others,  are rea... Read more

Christmas Markets Shop till you drop

Get into the Christmas spirit with a trip to one of Europe’s Christmas Markets. Choose from glühwein in Berlin, a quick waltz around Salzburg or a guaranteed blanket of snow in pretty, medieval Tallinn. Or for a stay that’s closer to home, why not plan a festive break to one of the UK’s Christmas ma... Read more

The great outdoors

Rumour has it, Spring is here…Time to head in to the sunshine for a UK break, before the inevitable Summer wash out arrives.  Here are our top picks for a great weekend staycation: Whether you’re a budding Masterchef or simply have a hankering for home baking, there are plenty of food festivals spr... Read more

What are Europe's best spas?

For centuries, thermal spa pools have been hailed for their health benefits, alleviating and in some cases, curing, an assortment of ailments. With a composition that includes myriad essential minerals, even the healthiest people could feel rejuvenated after a quick dip. No wonder spa breaks are so ... Read more

Sports and activities covered free with Columbus Direct

When we go away on holiday, most of us just want to be to be covered for a relaxing snorkel or a round of golf on our travel insurance. However, what if you're after a little bit more? We cover 150 sports and activities as standard, so if you're seeking a new challenge, we're the right insurer for y... Read more

Top Ski Destinations

Top Ten European Resorts Despite the decline in the overall number of British skiers visiting France, French ski resorts remained the most popular in Europe for 2010/2011 (Ski Horizon) Resort Name Ski Lifts Season Start Season End Adults 6 Day Lift Pass * Morzine 67 Dec Apr 15... Read more

Hurricane Gonzalo causes travel chaos

As the UK is battered by strong winds and rain due to being on the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo, travel timetables have been disrupted.According to Flight Aware, a flight-tracking site, 9% of flights in and out of Heathrow today have been cancelled and a further 9% of flights are facing delays.Manc... Read more

Columbus Direct gears up for Movember 2014

Just as we were beginning to get over the excitement of Octobeard, along came Movember - and the men of Columbus Direct are keen to get involved. Mark Phillips, Simon Head and Roger Gordon are taking part as Team Screwdriver, and we're already anxiously scanning their top lips for signs of wondrous... Read more

How to spot a Brit abroad

Red, loud, rude, crude and forever arguing with reception staff - and that's just the kids. While we can honestly say that we love this country and the people in it, there's something about Brits abroad that has us cringing in our seats the minute we leave the taxi and wheel our suitcases into Arriv... Read more

Christmas booze cruisers urged to stay alert in Calais

A senior Eurotunnel executive has warned people heading to Calais for 'booze cruises' that migrants at Calais may attempt to target their vehicles as a means of getting into the UK. There are huge numbers of migrants camped out by the ferry terminals, looking for vehicles to smuggle themselves onto... Read more

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