Travel trends changing shorter, city breaks

In 2016, UK residents went on over 70.8 million holidays abroad, which is a 68% rise from the 42 million trips taken in 1996. The way the world travels is forever changing in order to keep up with new trends and excursions. One of those changes in trends is the decrease in the traditional two-week holiday. With so many places to see, and so little time (or money), shorter breaks are on the increase which could be due to the introduction of budget airlines. The International Civil Aviation Organisation report on traffic growth showed that passengers on scheduled services reached 3.7 billion i... Read more

Spooky destinations you could visit this Halloween

While a lot of people choose their holiday destinations based on a bustling city break, or time to relax on a beach, some people enjoy visiting parts of the world where the history behind it is enough to send chills down your spine. With Halloween nearly upon us, there’s really no better time for s... Read more

A survival guide to Après-Ski

Heading for a week away in the ski season, and are totally unprepared for the physicality of a week of full on skiing, followed by long hours of après-ski? We’re here to help with some handy tips and advice on how to stay fresh all week long. Get the right gear - Being warm, dry and comfortable wil... Read more

Seismic activity increases as Bali prepares for possible volcano eruption

Highest volcano threat level activated as Mount Agung, Bali seismic activity remains high. Mount Agung, situated on the highest point in Bali, last erupted in 1963/64 which was considered one of the largest and most devastating in Indonesia’s history. It first erupted in February, with lava travell... Read more

Monarch Cease Trading: Important Information for Passengers

Thousands affected as Monarch cease trading At 4:00am BST on Monday 2nd October, Monarch Airlines Ltd, Monarch Holidays Ltd (ATOL Number 2275), First Aviation Ltd (ATOL Number 4888) previously trading as Monarch Airlines, Avro Ltd (ATOL Number 1939) and Somewhere2stay Ltd ceased trading and entered... Read more

Airline in-seat technology is taking flight

There was a time that the most sophisticated piece of technology around your airline seat was the aircraft itself. As we become inseparable from our digital devices and the daily tasks we rely on them for, airlines are finally catching up. British Airways parent company IAG is making its low-cost a... Read more

Hurricane Irma tears path through the Caribbean and Florida

Hurricane Irma tears path through the Caribbean and Florida Travellers heading to the Caribbean and Florida over the weekend are justifiably on high alert about the progress of Hurricane Irma. Already tearing into the eastward islands of Turks and Caicos on Thursday night, Irma has been upgraded to... Read more

Columbus Direct Wins Best Direct Provider of Travel Insurance at prestigious awards

25th July 2017 – Columbus Direct is delighted to announce it has won the Best Direct Provider of Travel Insurance accolade at the prestigious awards 2017. is a website that acts as a guide to consumers throughout every stage of their personal finance lives. The awards re... Read more


These days a smartphone is an essential travel companion. Most people wouldn't even dream of leaving the house without theirs. If you want to connect to the internet or keep in touch with friends and family, they make the job much easier. For travellers though, this is just the tip of the iceberg. ... Read more

#nofilter: 5 ways to perfect your Instagram travel pictures

Instagram is a traveling photographer's dream. Whether you're wining and dining in a European capital or island hopping in the South Pacific, you'll be keen to give friends and family back home a snapshot of the experience. The combination of artistic shots, breathtaking scenery and playful caption... Read more

Going on your holidays? Take a GP in your pocket (just in case)

Most of us go on our holidays hoping to relax and enjoy ourselves. Just occasionally, things don’t always go to plan, our health has other ideas. It may be an upset stomach, a fall by the poolside, or a nasty insect bite, we know these things happen.  When they do, all you want to do is see a doctor... Read more