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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

The world's best zoos explored

For some, holidays are built around food and wine. For others, thrilling sports and outdoor adventures are the top priority (once they have their travel insurance sorted, of course). However, for a select few, seeing the local wildlife and visiting zoos is their main goal - and why not? After all, ... Read more

Staff Picks for winter sun getaways

Here at Columbus HQ we love to travel, so if you need some inspiration for a winter sun destination for 2014, why not take a look at our staff picks for winter warmers from the tropical shores of Thailand to the Vegas strip…it'll have you thinking of warm white sand between your toes in no time. Li... Read more

What's touring the world with a band like? We talk to ex-Cradle of Filth bass player Dave Pybus

He’s probably best known for his time playing bass in Cradle of Filth, but bass guitarist Dave Pybus has been in several touring bands, including Anathema, and the US band Prong. He started touring around 1995 and came off the road in 2012, after playing well over 1,000 shows abroad. We've always b... Read more

How to organise a stress-free wedding abroad

Getting married is stressful. On this we can all agree. Did you know that at Columbus Direct we offer you comprehensive family travel insurance, to ensure that you get the very best cover for your loved ones? From managing a tricky guestlist ('But Aunt Helen's got to come!') to buying the right dr... Read more

Priority Pass announce their Global Airport Lounge of the Year

The Plaza Premium Lounge in London Heathrow's Terminal 2 has been awarded the Priority Pass Global Airport Lounge of the Year Award. Now in its twelfth year, the awards are based on ratings provided by Priority Pass Members and are said to recognise excellence within the world’s largest independe... Read more

Floods in Peru, Chile and Bolivia after heavy rain

10 February 2013 Last updated at 01:57 GMT Torrential rain trapped many cars and flooded hundreds of homes Torrential rain has been causing havoc along the Pacific coast side of South America, with flooding causing the deaths of at least six people in Peru. In the southern city of Arequipa, thous... 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

The Top Five Most Popular Cities in the World

The romance of travelling to other countries is enough to send most people into a daydream. If you often find yourself sinking into a reverie about jetting off to foreign shores, we’ve got a suitcase full of inspiration for you. Our new study reveals the most popular cities in the world - two of wh... Read more

Where are the best Costa del Sol resorts for summer 2018?

Roll back the clock 10 years, and the Costa del Sol would be one to avoid. Nearly every inch of the coast was occupied by huge multi-storey hotels, uninviting cafés and cheap souvenir shops – it was also often described as “an overdeveloped concrete jungle.” The Spanish government were so worried, t... Read more

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