Chemmy Alcott - travelling with a 10 week old baby

Following the birth of her baby boy Locki in January this year, four-time British Winter Olympian and our brand ambassador Chemmy Alcott has long gone back to her demanding work duties. Juggling between sleepless nights, her work as a ski race coach and TV presenter, as well as a hectic travel schedule, Chemmy is as energetic and unstoppable as ever as her life begins a new chapter. Columbus Direct has had the delightful opportunity to talk to Chemmy about her travel experience in general and how she is meeting the intensive travel requirements of her work as well as the relentless demands of ... 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

Winter sports holiday insurance: Your questions answered

Winter sports are less of a hobby, and more of a glorious obsession. The satisfying sound of clicking into your skis, the way the piste feels when it’s soft and crunchy underfoot. When else can you enjoy a lunchtime beer overlooking the mountains, and wallow in a steaming hot tub at the end of the d... Read more

How to think like Chemmy Alcott

There seems to be no stopping our brand ambassador, Chemmy Alcott. Despite recently tearing her ACL (the tough band of tissue joining the thigh bone to the shin bone at the knee), she’s still firing on all cylinders. Her recovery’s going well, and she’s determined to make the most of her time off t... Read more

What’s it like to work as a chalet host with your partner?

When winter sports fans Helen and Tom decided to work a winter season in France, they had no idea what to expect. After packing up their lives in the UK and moving to Chatel, they worked as chalet hosts from December 2013 - April 2014. The pair ran a catered chalet which slept up to 12 people; they ... Read more

Holiday insurance and extreme sports: What do you need to know?

Adventure holidays are all about exploring new and thrilling ways to have fun. You might want to try scuba diving, jet-skiing, deep-sea fishing or zorbing – the excitement’s yours for the taking. The only limit is your imagination! We believe that you should be able to get out there and make the mo... Read more

Columbus Direct and Chemmy Alcott's virtual reality ski lesson

This Wednesday, Columbus Direct will be using a new virtual reality platform to bring skiing expertise to anyone who’s looking to improve their skills. Our brand ambassador Chemmy Alcott and her husband Dougie Crawford will be conducting the virtual reality ski lesson at The Snow Centre in Hemel He... 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

The ultimate winter sports guide to Transition festival

What do I need to know? Even though this is an event born from Snowbombing’s success, Transition has developed its own individual vibe. From humble beginnings it’s done well, as it’s known for drawing in crowds of up to 3,000 people, who just want to enjoy a beer, ski all day, and dance until dawn.... Read more

The ultimate guide to the World Ski & Snowboarding Festival

This is the place to push your limits, and show off what you already know. Is it good for snowboarders? We’ve just got two words for you - Monster Boarderstyle. This is an unmissable spectacle of power and style; the bordercross-style race, featuring four daring riders at a time, will leave you br... Read more


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