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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 ... Read more

Five ways to make the most of your trip to Morocco

It's classed as a European destination, but once you arrive, you'll see that Morocco is African through and through. From soaking away your cares in a hammam to filling your suitcase with cheap pottery, rugs and bags and drinking mint tea on shop terraces, Morocco is a destination that suits groups... Read more

EHIC card may not cover Brits who fall ill in struggling euro countries

Columbus Direct has warned British travellers that the EHIC card may not be enough to cover the medical expenses if they fall ill in countries such as Greece and Spain, due to these countries' failing economies.With 26% of British travellers in Europe believing the European Health Insurance Card (EH... Read more

Christmas Markets Shop till you drop

Get into the Christmas spirit with a trip to one of Europe’s Christmas Markets. Choose from glühwein in Berlin, a quick waltz around Salzburg or a guaranteed blanket of snow in pretty, medieval Tallinn. Or for a stay that’s closer to home, why not plan a festive break to one of the UK’s Christmas ma... Read more

Up and coming destinations for 2013

Up and coming destinations for 2013… We’re taking a look at the up and coming destinations that have set the travel industry abuzz for 2013 – get in before the tourist hoards for unspoilt beaches and a more authentic travel experience – you could bag a bargain too… Manmar British travellers have ... Read more

Travellers may be asked for credit card instead of EHIC card, warns EU Commission

Some Columbus Direct customers have experienced issues using EHIC cards in SpainLondon 31 May 2013 – A year ago this month, Columbus Direct warned British travellers that the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card may not be enough to cover their medical expenses if they fall ill in countries su... Read more

How to make the most of two weeks in Asia

The Asian Trail starts in Thailand, and slowly snakes its way up to Laos, passing through Vietnam and the temples of Angkor Wat before finally going back to Thailand, where people go to party in the Thai islands to the south and then move on to Singapore and Malaysia. The biggest crowds come to the... Read more

Get fit for the slopes with Chemmy Alcott and make the most of the early ski season

The ski season has started, and resorts all over Europe are awaiting their yearly influx of ski enthusiasts. Tempted to take off? Get ready for the slopes in no time by using our Brand Ambassador Chemmy Alcott's set of tried and tested exercises. They're especially good if you'd like to dedicate th... Read more

Unbelievable places to stay on holiday

Seen one hotel and you've seen them all - here are some weird and wonderful places to stay for inspiration for your next trip: An aeroplane up a tree... Make like Tarzan in this exotic tree-top aeroplane hotel room in exotic Costa Rica.  Part of a larger resort of more standard hotel accommodation,... Read more

Best Places to Book an Early Ski Holiday

Whilst most of us are scouring the Internet trying to find a late deal to soak up the last of the summer sun, there are many who are already searching for a cooler retreat. Due to various factors the ski season is now longer than ever and it is a lot easier to find great early ski conditions than it... Read more

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