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Making your first adventure holiday a success

No more is adventurous travel the sole preserve of the young; the grey gappers are here with their passports in hand, ready to see the world. While arguably a derogatory moniker, it characterises the recent increase of people aged over 50/55 that have decided to tick a few items off their bucket li... Read more

How to avoid a row on your first holiday as a couple

Love stories always start off so well, don't they? You download Tinder or walk into the right bar, you meet someone, and it's all going swimmingly. You watch Moulin Rouge together and decide it's time for a minibreak. You drink prosecco on the Eurostar. What could possibly go wrong? Fast-forward tw... Read more

How to successfully go on holiday with an ex-partner

Travel and relationships normally work well together - but what happens when you and your ex-partner find yourself going ahead with a holiday? Whatever your reason for taking the trip, from an inability to change details or unwillingness to miss a break you've been looking forward to, the new dynam... Read more

The worst things about returning home from holiday

Returning home from holiday is a bit like meeting up with a recent ex. You may have a stiff drink to strengthen your resolve beforehand and try to convince yourself that this is all for the best, but there's no denying that a few hours in, you'll realise that you're in the middle of a fairly uncomfo... Read more

The Columbus Direct team share their worst holiday mistakes

Making mistakes is what travel is all about; you can't see the world properly without the odd faux-pas or missed flight. We decided to ask around the Columbus Direct team and see what their worst-ever travel mistakes were; the responses we received surprised us. From oversleeping to undersleeping, ... Read more

Questions about holiday insurance for the over-65s

We love to hear from over 65s who want to insure their holiday with us - it’s great to see older people planning the trip of a lifetime. You may have some questions about how your age affects your policy; we’ve answered some of the most common ones below. If you have any other questions, please giv... Read more

Just in time for Valentine's Day: Holiday proposals which went horribly wrong

Holiday proposals are magic, aren't they? Well, you'd hope so. Sand, sun, sea, and something sparkly - it all sounds like the perfect way to get engaged, doesn't it? Well, that's true most of the time, but occasionally even the best-laid plans can go awry. If you're thinking of proposing on holida... Read more

What's working as a holiday rep really like?

When you think of holiday reps, you might be tempted to think of the following attributes: Booze. Late nights. Naughty goings-on. Sun. Sand. Sedatives (not really). You’re probably curious, right? We were too, so we decided it would be a good idea to interview an ex-rep to see what their job was re... 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

Saddle up for the holiday of a lifetime on horseback

Do you usually spend your holidays laying by the pool or feeling the sand beneath your feet at the beach? We can’t deny the allure, but have you ever considered getting closer to nature? Columbus Direct offer free horse riding travel insurance, so if you’re looking to see more and do more on your b... Read more

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