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Preparing for your first family activity holiday

Adventure holidays are becoming increasingly popular. Not only are they fun and exciting, but they provide a great chance for family members to bond while giving their comfort zones the old heave-ho. Whether it's a trip centred around kayaking, cycling, river rafting, hiking or trekking, the whole ... Read more

Help Columbus make a difference this Christmas

This Christmas, we’re joining with both Rainbow Trust children’s charity and Crisis, who work with homeless people, to raise vital funds at what can be a difficult time of year for those in need. We’re inviting you to help us make a difference, by making sure we reach our target of £1,000 for each c... Read more

Insure your pet can come on holiday

Almost half of UK households own a pet and, with the summer holiday season approaching, many will be considering taking their dog or cat away with them. According to recent research by a pet retailer*, one quarter of UK adult pet owners are prepared to pay the same amount as an extra adult on holid... Read more

Giving uni a miss this year? Here are the best places to take a Gap Year in 2016

So, let's get this straight - you've decided you'd like to see the world before knuckling down to three years of university education. But you're not sure where to go. Thanks to the magic of online surveys, interviews and careful analysis, travel company Real Gap Experience have found that, predict... Read more

How is Christmas celebrated around the world?

Ever wondered what it would be like to spend Christmas in Rio, Sydney or Cape Town? If you're not leaving the UK this December, you can still discover how other countries celebrate Christmas - and it's all down to social media. People have been sharing snaps of their Christmases online for several... Read more

Top 5 family holiday destinations in Europe this summer

Planning a family summer holiday requires a certain amount of creativity so that it’s fun for the kids, relaxing for you, and affordable (our useful online tool is a great place to start). When travelling with young children, you want flights to be relatively short, so if you haven’t planned that mu... Read more

Top ten surefire signs that you need a holiday

Let's be honest - most of us feel like we could do with a holiday all of the time.  However, there are certain tell-tale signs that you're nearing the end of your tether and modern life is getting on top of you - and that's when you should begin looking at flights, fast. You become unbearable on s... Read more

Why do Americans celebrate Thanksgiving and where to go for the best experience?

Thanksgiving has become an annual tradition in the United States, and it often overshadows Christmas Day as the biggest holiday in the country. It is held on the last Thursday of November each year and usually sees families and friends getting together to eat a turkey dinner and give thanks for wha... Read more

Great holiday ideas to get away from it all

The daily commute and demands of juggling a hectic social and family life can leave you in the doldrums at this grey old time of year.  What you need is a pick-me-up – so what about planning a getaway that’s both rejuvenating and good for the soul, to set you back on track?  Here are a few of our ... Read more

Ten of the weirdest and most useless baby inventions ever created

With the nation gripped by Royal Baby Fever Part 2 here at Columbus Direct, we have decided to look at ten of the weirdest and most useless baby inventions. These a great way to keep your kids entertained while on holiday. Possibly. We make no promises. Baby Mop If you’re anything like us on hol... Read more

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