What you need to know before celebrating Diwali in India

Diwali is the biggest festival in India each year, and it sees the streets light up with candles, lanterns and fireworks. It is an annual tradition that is celebrated across the country and other parts of the world by Hindus, as well as people from other religions such as Sikhism, Jainism, and Buddhism. It is a five-day event that is known as the festival of lights, and in Hinduism it is one of their biggest religious events of the year. It is also known as Deepavali and is held in autumn each year, but the exact dates change depending on the Indian lunar calendar. Indians around the world cel... Read more

Short family breaks to go on during October half term

It seems like only last week that schools across the country opened their gates for the new academic year, but the first half term is already here. Many kids will be celebrating that a week off is just around the corner, while parents will be left wondering how to keep them entertained during the A... Read more

The best places to travel to for an Autumn holiday

Autumn isn’t always the most popular time of year for travellers, despite there being plenty of beautiful locations and fun activities to experience. The period between September and November can also be a cheaper time for people to go on holiday, and there are still plenty of warm areas that you c... Read more

6 holiday destinations to visit during Oktoberfest

It is known for being the biggest beer festival in the world, and each year it turns Munich into one of the most popular tourist destinations in September and October. The annual event is based around Bavarian culture and has a history that dates back over 100 years with millions of litres of beer ... Read more

Best places to use up your remaining holiday allowance

The end of the year is getting closer and closer, but you still haven't used all your annual leave. If you don't use it up, you'll risk losing it altogether. Our solution, you ask? Use it on a holiday. I mean come on, you've been working hard all year, you surely deserve another break? You may not ... Read more

Why you still need an EHIC post-Brexit

Our latest research shows that 1.8 million people have let their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) expire since the last Brexit date (March 2019)*, leaving themselves unprotected if they travel to Europe in the coming months. A recent survey of Columbus Direct customers found that 74% of people... Read more

How to avoid delay dismay at the airport

Our latest research shows British holiday-makers spent up to 28 million hours waiting for delayed flights last year as travel disruption, strikes and airline administrations wreaked havoc on the holiday plans of millions.  For many, a holiday from hell starts in the airport – long delays inevitably... Read more

The Top Five Most Popular Cities in the World

The romance of travelling to other countries is enough to send most people into a daydream. If you often find yourself sinking into a reverie about jetting off to foreign shores, we’ve got a suitcase full of inspiration for you. Our new study reveals the most popular cities in the world - two of wh... Read more

5 Places to Jet to For a Late Summer Break

There is a lot to be said for jetting off on a late summer break. To start with you will save a lot of money compared to if you travelled in the peak months. Secondly, the resorts will be quieter so you have a better chance of securing a good spot by the pool and on the beach. You can also get a tan... Read more

How to drive safely abroad

Even if you're an experienced driver, the thought of hiring a car and driving abroad can be a bit scary. Things change. The side of the road you drive on, how you negotiate roundabouts, and even where you're sat in the car; it's no wonder some people are apprehensive before they set off. However, t... Read more


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