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Delayed in a manger: Six travel insurance tips for Christmas from the Nativity Story

Overcrowded hotels, unsuitable transportation, marauding soldiers, a pregnant backpacker going into labour; we might think that Christmas travel chaos is a relatively new phenomenon, but a brief analysis of the Nativity Story reveals that all the signs were there 2,000 years ago. Just as the three ... Read more

What our customers say...

It’s always lovely to receive letters and emails from our customers, especially when there is a happy ending to what has been a difficult holiday experience. Here is a selection of some of the recent communications we’ve received. A mother’s worst nightmare: 'I would just like to thank you for al... Read more

Freak snowfall and avalanche fears leave thousands of Brits trapped in Austria

Freak snowfall and avalanche fears left thousands of British tourists trapped in ski resorts in the Austrian Alps last night. More than 1,000 Brits are stranded in the town of Ischgl alone, but many more are believed to be stuck in ski resorts Galtur, St Anton and Arlberg. The Tyrol region has seen... Read more

Low-cost Spanish airline Spanair collapses

TravelMole.com has today reported the collapse of Low-cost Spanish airline Spanair. The Barcelona-based airline has ceased operations leading to 647 flight cancellations and leaving more than 20,000 passengers stranded. UK low cost airlines, EasyJet and Ryanair are both offering options to passeng... Read more

Latest Flight News

BBC quotes Heathrow officials as saying that flights are returning to match the schedule: Officials say 90% of flights will be operating at Heathrow by 1500 today and service should be at 100% by Thursday. However, that figure includes only regularly scheduled flights, not efforts to clear up the... Read more

Be safe on the slopes

Columbus Direct is one of over 500 travel industry partners that supports of the FCO’s Know Before You Go campaign, whose aim is to help Brits to stay safe and healthy abroad. And with the ski season in full flow, the Know Before You Go team has sent us the results of a recent survey of winte... Read more

Travel warning: Strikes in Germany, India and Spain

People travelling to Germany, India and Spain are strongly recommended to check with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before setting off on their journey. Germany Strike action at Frankfurt Airport is expected to cause severe delays and cancellations until Thursday, 1st March, as up to quarte... Read more

Off piste Skiing and Avalanche Dangers

Avalanches are a way of life in the mountains. There are many risk factors but, if you take note of some sensible pointers, you will have minimised any risk as much as you possibly can.Avalanches occur because snow is deposited in successive layers during the winter and then, subsequently, one layer... Read more

Kingfisher Airlines Halts Overseas Operations

Crisis for the embattled Indian carrier, Kingfisher, escalated further as the indebted airline chose to stall all of its international operations and drastically reduce its local routes in an effort to cut costs. However analysts believe that this move will not help Kingfisher as it draws closer to ... Read more

Up Coming Music Festivals on the Alps

As Easter break draws closer, travel savvy skiers/snowboarders are looking for more than just powdery white slopes when deciding on their final ski trip of the season. And in an effort to tempt visitors, ski areas around Europe are organizing an array of endless body rocking festivities to mark the ... Read more

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