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 mean over-crowding in airports with travellers squished onto a couple of plastic seats by the departures gates, spending exorbitant amounts on food and drink. Add a few small children into the mix and it’s often a recipe for disaster. Don’t panic though – if you’re a Columbus Direct customer, you ... 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

Family-Friendly Holiday Destinations In Europe: What To Consider

Travelling overseas for a family holiday in Europe can be hard work. Toddlers and young children can be especially difficult because they have shorter attention spans, get restless during travel times and have a tendency to wander off.  When choosing the best family holiday destination in Europe, t... Read more

16 simple things you can do to have a happy and safe festival

If you were all out of luck with Glastonbury tickets this year, or want to find a guaranteed mud-free experience, you might be thinking of heading to a festival abroad this summer. Why not? It’s a great idea and with cheap flights, not that much more expensive. Plenty of sunshine, potentially cheap... Read more

Top 5 family holiday destinations in Europe this summer

Planning a family summer holiday requires a certain amount of creativity so that it’s fun for the kids, relaxing for you, and affordable (our useful online tool is a great place to start). When travelling with young children, you want flights to be relatively short, so if you haven’t planned that mu... Read more

When is it safe to go scuba diving?

For holidaymakers, scuba diving offers a completely different type of activity which may peak your interest due to your location, the party you’ve travelled with, or simply you just feel like trying something new. In many resorts across the globe, scuba diving is readily available, and often comes ... Read more

Your Challenge: Get Lost for National Walking Month

May is National Walking month in 2019 – challenging us to get out into the fresh air and walk for at least 20 minutes a day.  Walking is not only good for our metabolism and heart, it can help reduce the risk of dementia and is a natural boost for our mental health too. It’s also one of the best wa... Read more


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