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How to winter-proof your home

Game of Thrones' Ned Stark was right to look so miserable when he announced that winter was coming. You're absolutely right, Ned. 'Tis the season of frozen pipes, clogged gutters and leaky roofs - but with a bit of forward thinking, you can protect your home this winter. These are the practical ch... Read more

Travel insurance ad aims to scare people into buying cover

A new advert has been launched in Australia that aims to 'frighten people' into buying travel insurance. Backed by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, in association with the Choice Guide to Travel Insurance, the unusual ad chooses to personify the 'risk' uninsured people face as a large, int... Read more

The six haunted houses that travellers should watch out for

Just so we're clear, we're not talking about those run down 'houses of horror' you find at touring fun fairs, where the scariest thing about them is the person selling the tickets. No; these ten spooky houses are the real deal. "Why would anyone travel just to scare themselves?" you might be asking... Read more

The ultimate holiday playlist

The importance of a holiday playlist has been drummed into us from an early age; remember all the advice in TV Hits about making compilation tapes before heading off on your holidays? Nothing's changed apart from the medium - these days we've swapped our beloved tapes for Spotify and iTunes - but t... Read more

Ten celebrities who are frightened of flying

What’s the one thing that could ruin a glamour-filled jetsetting lifestyle? Why, being frightened of flying, of course. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or how well-known you are - sometimes, flying's just too much for some people to handle. You won’t find these ten celebrities snoozing th... Read more

The best films about holidays which went slightly awry

Packing for a trip at the moment? Good good; don't let us stop you. Here at Columbus Direct, obviously, we're massive fans of travel - but we can't resist a film where the trip takes a funny, surreal or downright dangerous turn. You may have guessed this by our fondness for Airplane!, which we stil... Read more

The household life hacks you shouldn't be without

Your home is your sanctuary, and you want to keep it - and your belongings - safe and protected.  Well, that's where we come in - our home insurance is top dog, and we'll make sure that the things that matter to you are looked after. However, what about all the little everyday irritations which yo... 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

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office reveals its silliest requests

Can you recommend a Scottish chef in Brussels who can make haggis? How do I adjust my antenna to receive English TV channels in Italy? Can you find me cheap flights to New Zealand? These are just some of the recent enquiries the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has received from around the world. ... Read more

La Carmina reveals how to be a successful travel blogger

Travel, TV and fashion writer La Carmina is an expert when it comes to blogging. She’s been scribbling about her travels since 2007, she’s written three books and regularly writes for The Sunday Times, CNN and The Huffington Post. La Carmina hosts travel TV shows worldwide, and has appeared on serie... Read more

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