Average weight time: Airline looks to weigh flyers and their bags

It was a running joke among passengers until it no longer was. After everything the airlines did starting a few years ago to charge passengers for extras they used to get for free, many passengers comically asked, "what's next, weighing each passenger?" Well, the answer appears to be yes. But it's not exactly what you might think. Finnish airline Finnair is looking to weigh passengers and their luggage in order to more accurately calculate its weight and balance figures. Like most airlines in Europe, Finnair has been relying on formulas and measures standardized by safety agencies like the Eu... Read more

Ten facts about sunburn you need to be aware of

Sunburn is often an unpleasant side-effect of jetting off somewhere warm. You arrive at your destination feeling happy, and ready to go. The pool's there, you've had your first Fanta Lemon, and you can't wait to stretch out in the sun.  However, it's vital that you don't forget your suncream - and... 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

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 ... Read more

7 things you need to know before you explore Albania

European breaks are great fun – but if you’re after adventure and a bit of a challenge, give Albania a go. It’s a country which will offer visitors all kids of surprises. Exciting, friendly, and definitely one for adventure-seekers, it’s one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. If you’re all about discov... Read more

Twenty-four little-known facts about the Euro 2016 countries

Even if you’re not a football fan, you can’t have missed the build-up to Euro 2016. This Friday, it’s all kicking off – and 24 countries will go head to head to battle for the top spot. There’s such an eclectic mix of countries taking part, we thought it would be good idea to find out some little-k... Read more

Paris minibreak guide: How to do the city in five days

Heading to France's capital for Euro 2016? If you're tying in your visit with a trip to Paris, here's how to make the most of your time in the capital. Paris is full of beautiful buildings, vibrant culture and lots to see and do, and it can be tough trying to decide what you should do first. So, we... Read more

How to spot fake foreign cash

Did you know that producing fake money carries a 20-year prison sentence? The thought of two decades behind bars for creating your own cash might put most people off the idea, but fake money’s an issue which authorities worldwide have struggled to supress. Happily, as technologies become more sophi... Read more

Christopher Evans wins the Columbus Direct award for Most Valued Player

The winner of the Columbus Direct award for Most Valued Player for the 2015/2016 season is Christopher Evans of Sutton and Cheam – otherwise known as Robo to many of his opponents, friends and team mates. Christopher, 41, is a 25-year veteran of Sutton’s British Water Polo League team, and he conti... Read more

Five things you’ve always wanted to know about America – but were too afraid to ask

It’s easy to remember we’re in a position of power when we spot gaps in Americans’ knowledge of the UK. “Oh, how droll,” we chuckle, when news reports refer to ‘London, England’. We cast pitying glances when we spot them struggling with negotiating their way around Heathrow. We watch films like Ind... Read more

Buon appetito! How to find the best budget-friendly food in Rome

Italy’s a favourite travel destination for Brits – but it can be a somewhat-pricy destination. Holiday’s aren’t the time to start stockpiling your savings – after all, you’re there to have fun – but finding a bargain is a great idea. Plus, if you’re after some really tasty food, expense doesn’t alwa... Read more