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

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

Top Summer Destinations for British Tourists in 2018

With the summer nearly upon us, it is time to start thinking about that much anticipated sunshine holiday. The world really is our oyster when it comes to deciding on a destination, so where do you start if you haven’t already planned your holiday? Long-haul destinations are tempting during the col... Read more

Where are the best Costa del Sol resorts for summer 2018?

Roll back the clock 10 years, and the Costa del Sol would be one to avoid. Nearly every inch of the coast was occupied by huge multi-storey hotels, uninviting cafés and cheap souvenir shops – it was also often described as “an overdeveloped concrete jungle.” The Spanish government were so worried, t... Read more