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 cheaper drinks, boutique camping and accommodation (no lugging that tent through customs).  We’re sold.  Let’s start planning… Taking out travel insurance is always a good plan (we would say that, wouldn’t we?) But first and foremost, before you think about your packing list of festival essentials ma... Read more

5 days of free Wi-Fi now available to Columbus Direct customers

Going abroad and not having full use of your mobile without paying extortionate charges for roaming can be very frustrating, especially when you like to stay (or need to stay) connected. Not all hotels and resorts are well connected, you may find that they offer no Wi-Fi, or offer a poor connection ... Read more

Best places to visit for New Year’s Eve

You may spend New Year’s Eve with your family and close friends, enjoying food and drinks, you may be heading to a ticketed event, or even heading to your local church for a watchnight service – or you could be dreaming your way into the New Year! But if celebrating the turn of the year is something... Read more

How you can enjoy the slopes if you’re a non-skiier this winter

We’ve all been there, your family or friendship group has started to discuss your next holiday destination, and heading to the slopes seems to be the winning idea. That’s when the FOMO (fear of missing out) takes hold, and you begin to get anxious as to whether it’s worth joining them. But fear not,... Read more

Where to travel with a Young Family

Travelling shouldn’t be stressful. You’re booking a holiday to get away and explore, or relax for a week or two (or longer if you’re lucky). If you’re travelling with a new born baby or young child, it’s very possible that you’ll have no experience in this (unless you’ve got older children too), and... Read more

Where to go for your Family Ski Holiday in 2019

The mercury has begun to plummet, and the evenings are getting incredibly dark, incredibly early, which means it’s time for the snow to fall on the mountain tops, and for resorts across the globe to get prepared for the upcoming ski season. Ski holidays are nearly as popular as summer holidays, so w... Read more

Travel money tips for your gap year

Be clever with currency Every time you swap one currency for another, you pay for the privilege through exchange rates, fees or interest. There are ways to get travel money for less: Research options early. If you buy foreign exchange at the last minute – i.e., at the airport – you’ll be stuck w... Read more

Last-minute Autumn Half-Term Holidays, fit for your family

It wasn’t that long ago that we were all basking in the summer heatwave taking over the UK. But as fast as you can click your fingers, it’s all a distant memory, and the Autumn half-term is nearly upon us. But what better way to reduce the winter blues, than use the week-long October break to catch ... Read more

Best Places to Heal a Broken Heart

It can seem like vacations are for lovers. Honeymoons, babymoons, engagement trips, romantic getaways are everywhere. Cities like Paris and Rome promise holidays for the heart and posts of couples drawing hearts in the sand in the Maldives clutter up social feeds. What about those grieving a failed... Read more

10 best places to visit in South East Asia in 2018

Many travellers still think first of ‘The Beach’ when contemplating trips to South East Asia, but the region has a myriad of beautiful places to explore whether you are looking for spiritual enlightenment, a driving adventure, or sporting thrill.  Whether you are a seasoned backpacker or looking fo... Read more

Less common but amazing places to visit in the USA

The United States is always a favourite holiday destination for Brits, who venture across the Atlantic to explore New York, Florida, California and many other well-known states. The attraction of America is understandable, as they speak the same language and we feel a familiarity having read out it ... Read more