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20% of Britons fail to take out travel insurance

According to the 2011 ABTA Consumer Trends survey, nearly 20% of travellers and 37% of all trips taken in 2011 were uninsured, with Brits deciding that 56% of domestic holidays did not need any insurance protection. The survey also revealed that 26% of travellers in Europe believe the European Heal... Read more

Just so you know, the FCO is not directory enquiries

Recent enquiries received by Foreign & Commonwealth Office staff in Spain include a request for Phil Collins’ telephone number, and a man reportedly asked staff to contact his dominatrix after she had left him stranded at the airport The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is attempting to remind... 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

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

Jubilee knees up home or away

Whether you’re celebrating in the Mall or planning a quick getaway to take advantage of the extra Bank Holiday, we look at some of the best places to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend (Saturday 2nd to Tuesday 5th June 2012). London Staycations are still all the rage this year, and with ... 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

Olympics cause 40% of Brits to delay summer holidays

Two out of five people are juggling their holidays because of the games One in ten have decided against a foreign holiday London 16 July 2012 – With just a couple of weeks to go until the London Olympics, travel insurance specialist Columbus Direct has found that many Brits are planning their ... Read more

Tips and tricks for great holiday snaps

A case of the dreaded 'red eye?  An unwanted photobomber getting in the way of your view? We've all had disappointing holiday snaps in the past, but in the digital age and with the advent of social photo sharing, there’s now no excuse to come back from your summer holiday without an impressive set ... Read more

The creepiest worldwide theme parks

There's a place where Thorpe Park meets Westworld and if you search a little harder, you can find entertainment dedicated to a rather well-known dictator of the former Soviet Union. You might think we're making this up; we're not. Here are a few of our favourite weird and wonderful theme park desti... Read more

Chemmy Alcott Interview - What's Next?

As a proud sponsor of Chemmy Alcott we were thrilled to watch her race at Sochi, her fourth Olympics, and place 19th. To come back from a leg break in August and perform so well for Team GB in February is a prime example of a strong women who just does not give up. So we can't imagine she preparing ... Read more

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