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Five backpacker life hacks to take around the globe

Backpacking around the world is one of those experiences that everyone should enjoy - and the great thing is that taking a gap year is no longer the sole preserve of young people. No matter what your age, you'll need to be really clever about what you fill your trusty backpack with, as space is limi... Read more

Ash Cloud worries for Holidaymakers

The aviation industry has today been warned about potential flight disruptions due to powerful seismic activity recorded at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano in the past three days. The Met Office recorded the earthquake as the strongest in the region since 1996 and upgraded the status to orange – the f... Read more

Catching British nationals out abroad

FCO encourages people to be better prepared by researching the local laws and customs of their holiday destination before travel. Every year British nationals risk getting caught out by local laws and customs when travelling overseas.  From driving a dirty car in Russia, to wearing camouflage cloth... Read more

Not too late to book a family summer holiday

Summer goes all too quickly; it feels like only yesterday that we were all pining for the sun to get itself into gear. And yet here we are a month or two later; we've had the hottest day of the year so far, and for a while there parts of the UK were hotter than in Hawaii. Aloha! But you know what? ... Read more

Where to go this August bank holiday?

It's the last one of the year - at least until Christmas rolls around all-too-quickly. Bank holidays are the perfect excuse to book a little getaway with your partner, friends or family (before the kids go back to school).  August 25 is a great time to have one, too. The sun is still shining, the fi... Read more

Holiday deals this August bank holiday

Remember looking for cheap holiday deals on Teletext? As comedian Peter Kay reminded us, after an hour of looking you'd finally see one that you liked - only for the scrolling list to move on to the next deal before you could figure out how to pause it.  Luckily, holiday hunting now is far easier, ... Read more

Dealing with one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year

The summer holidays are in full swing and as we approach the tail-end of July and August, you and the kids may well be flocking to your nearest airport to head abroad for a week or two. Read more

Five tips for keeping the kids calm on holiday

"Are we there yet?" "But I don't want to go!" "I feel sick..." Ah, the joys of taking the little ones on holiday, eh? You've saved up all year for this holiday, paying the hiked up out-of-term-time fares through gritted teeth, yet the ki ds are not sharing your enthusiasm. From tantrums and travel s... Read more

Columbus Wins Best Online Travel Insurance Provider 2014 award

We are proud to announce that Columbus Direct has won a prestigious Your Money award – Best Online Travel Insurance Provider 2014. This is the second time we have won the award, the last time being in 2012. Now in their 17th year, the Your Money Awards are the longest standing awards in the industry... Read more

Foreign Travel Insurance: Caution and Common Sense for Holidays in Portugal

There’s a freedom in Portugal that infiltrates your senses and gives you tingles. Strolling from Unesco world heritage sites, challenging hiking trails, some of Europe’s finest beaches, medieval houses, Roman temples, through Moorish alleys, Portugal has it all bathed in year-round sunshine. What is... Read more