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Top 5 Columbus Day Celebrations

It’s Columbus Day on October 12th and Christopher Columbus’ crossing of the Atlantic is celebrated in many cultures and in many forms. The explorer’s heritage means you can immerse yourself in Italian culture in San Francisco’s 145th Italian Heritage Parade, or you can dance Salsa all week in the to... Read more

Announcement: Columbus Day Prize Draw Winner

Congratulations to Jessica Coleman from Kingston Upon Thames on winning the case of new world wine in our 'Columbus Day Prize Draw'. Read more

Our Columbus Day competition was a huge success

We've got just one word for you - wow. The standard of entries for our Columbus Day competition was incredible, and we'd like to thank everyone who entered. We received over 100 entries, and when it comes to imagination, you lot don't disappoint. From discoveries that came about due to dodgy satna... Read more

Check out the winning entry for our Columbus Day competition

When we finally sat down to try and choose a winner for our Columbus Day competition (with an independent adjudicator, of course), we had no idea how hard it would be to pick a winner. We asked you to submit your accidental holiday discoveries, and sifting through the hundreds of incredible entries... Read more

What exactly is Boxing Day?

It’s a question you may have unanswered, one that may not be overly important but it’s certainly steeped in history. You may have been told that Boxing Day gets its name from discarding the boxes from your Christmas gifts the next day, a boxer’s favourite day of the year or boxing up the wrapping pa... Read more

Top five facts about Christopher Columbus

We thought we’d have some fun and find out more about our namesake - so here are our top five facts about Christopher Columbus: 1) Christopher Columbus was actually Italian – born in Genoa in 1451 (although he always wrote in Spanish).  However, some believe he was born on the island of Corsica, wh... Read more

Valentines Day - Romance Ratings & Survey Results

To celebrate Valentine's Day, Columbus Direct are offering 20% off our Travel Insurance products. Follow this link and 'like' Columbus on Facebook to take advantage of this offer and save today. How do you know when you’ve fulfilled your partner’s true desires on the day you propose? They say ‘yes’... Read more

Day in the life of. . .

The scratching of the dog wakes me up. I move slowly so as not to wake Suz and see the clock says 6:05am. I walk into the lounge, straight to the window and open the blinds in one smooth movement. A bright British day pours in. Looking at the trees I can see they are frantically waving at me. A sho... Read more

Columbus to the rescue! Two customers tell us how we saved the day

As you know, we’re in the business of taking care of you and your family if something goes awry when you’re abroad. And we’re good at it. We’ve been protecting travellers since 1988, and we’ve made sure that you can have access to the support and cover you need while you’re travelling. However, don... Read more

Save your Valentine’s trip for after Valentine’s Day

It’s one of the biggest events in the calendar, with just under half of the UK population spending an estimated1 accrued £1.3 billion on cards, flowers and gifts for their valentines. Some couples even spread their “Cupid” wings and celebrate Valentine’s Day by whisking their loved one away for a lo... Read more

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