Airlines and Airports to avoid if you don't want a delay

When it comes to holidays, you’d ideally want to be stress free as soon as you clock out of your final shift at work. If you’ve been planning your trip for months, exploring a new city and all the sights that come with it – or whether you’re laid back and heading straight for the beach, you’ll want the trip to start as you mean it to go on, which includes a perfect airport experience. But, as we all know, there’s the small factor that us as passengers have no control over – the dreaded flight delay. Not only do they breathe their fiery breath of fury on us, but it ruins pre-made plans incl... Read more

Columbus Direct Wins Best Direct Provider of Travel Insurance at prestigious YourMoney.com awards

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

ESSENTIAL TRAVEL APPS FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP

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

Chemmy Alcott - travelling with a 10 week old baby

Following the birth of her baby boy Locki in January this year, four-time British Winter Olympian and our brand ambassador Chemmy Alcott has long gone back to her demanding work duties. Juggling between sleepless nights, her work as a ski race coach and TV presenter, as well as a hectic travel sched... Read more

Sterling Takes a Pounding

STERLING TAKES A POUNDING The pound has enjoyed a strong currency for many years, but the falling pound in recent months has left British holidaymakers lighter in the pocket. Brits heading to Europe, the US and Australia in particular will feel the pinch of less favourable exchange rates. We h... Read more

Hogwarts tops mythical holiday destinations for children

Two in five children would rather holiday in fictional destinations than real places Hogwarts and the Star Wars Universe top children’s mythical holiday destinations ‘No school’ is voted as the best thing about going on holiday Two-fifths (40%) of children aged five to 11 would choose to ho... Read more

Half of Children Have Met the Real Santa Claus

Half (47%) of British children (aged five to 11) claim to have met the “real” Santa Claus, reveals new research from travel insurance specialist Columbus Direct1.  When asked how Santa Claus knows where they live: 11% of children claim he uses magic to find them on Christmas Eve. One child cl... Read more

Barcelona on a budget

City breaks don’t get much better than a trip to Barcelona. It’s one of Spain’s most enchanting seaside cities; a mix of great food, wonderful architecture, fabulous places to enjoy a beer in the evening and world-class shopping. However, there’s more to this much-loved city than its fabled streets... Read more

Airbnb Vs Hotel – pros and cons

Airbnb or hotel? It’s a question many travellers ask. Each have their pros and cons, so how do you decide on which one to choose when travelling? Airbnb has had its fair share of controversy with wayward tenants occasionally trashing homes and engaging in illegal activities - but try finding a hote... Read more