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The great outdoors

Rumour has it, Spring is here…Time to head in to the sunshine for a UK break, before the inevitable Summer wash out arrives.  Here are our top picks for a great weekend staycation: Whether you’re a budding Masterchef or simply have a hankering for home baking, there are plenty of food festivals spr... Read more

Lufthansa strike sees 'massive' flight cancellations

Lufthansa is offering free alternative bookings 22 April 2013 Last updated at 01:38 GMT German airline Lufthansa has cancelled the majority of its flights scheduled for Monday due to a strike over pay. The airline said only about 20 of its flights would run as planned, out of more than 1,700 orig... Read more

Why Chemmy Alcott gives 100% in Olympic training and interviews

If you saw the Clare Balding show on BT Sport on Friday night, you would've heard Chemmy Alcott rush through the story of her near death experience, then launch into an exuberant description of the single-mindedness that drives her towards her fourth Olympics. She even ending up putting words in Mar... 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

Should you Leave Your Gadgets at Home When Travelling?

For many of us, the need to stay connected, even on our holidays, has become increasingly important. The latest technology allows us to be in contact constantly, and many people already wonder how they ever managed in the dark ages before the tablet and the omnipresent smartphone.Of course, all of t... Read more

Ski and Snowboard Show 2013 with Chemmy Alcott

Highlights of Chemmy at the Ski and Snowboard Show at Earl's Court, London, October 30th 2013 https://youtu.be/ZxDGL7G0iBE In Chemmy Alcott’s most important year of her career, her focus on the 2014 Sochi Olympics is like a clamped crocodile’s jaw. Her determination and fight are steely as she face... Read more

The ultimate guide to 2015's best festivals

The word 'festival' almost invariably brings to mind images of welly-clad punters squelching through the mud 'somewhere, somewhere in a field in Hampshire' (as Pulp so memorably put it). Just thinking that festivals start and end with the likes of Glastonbury is to do the others a disservice. After... Read more

Business Travel Conference 2014 FCm Travel Solutions

As many businesses continue to expand globally, reaching out to meet the new rising middle classes now with internet access, business travel can end up being a regular workout. Flying frequently limbers you up; you want to be simultaneously comfortable and effective, organise travel arrangements tha... Read more

Columbus Wins Best Online Travel Insurance Provider 2014 award

We are proud to announce that Columbus Direct has won a prestigious Your Money award – Best Online Travel Insurance Provider 2014. This is the second time we have won the award, the last time being in 2012. Now in their 17th year, the Your Money Awards are the longest standing awards in the industry... Read more

Where to go this August bank holiday?

It's the last one of the year - at least until Christmas rolls around all too quickly. Bank holidays are the perfect excuse to book a little getaway with your partner, friends or family (before the kids go back to school). August 25 is a great time to have one, too. The sun is still shining, the fi... Read more

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