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The best places to stargaze in the UK

Space. The final frontier. And thanks to a recent flurry of space-related films (Matt Damon’s The Martian, 2014’s Gravity, and Matthew McConaughey’s Interstellar) and the supermoon, it's hardly ever out of the news these days. This is, in our opinion, positive. Getting off Facebook and learning abo... Read more

Travel delays possible as snow, ice and gales hit the UK

The Met Office has warned that the UK could be hit by severe gales on Wednesday and Thursday, which could cause travel delays, cancellations, and potentially power cuts. 'Raw' gale force winds, snow and ice are expected to batter the UK, and it's even been suggested that coastal areas could be affe... Read more

UK flights face disruption after London airspace closes

Flight delays are predicted this evening. A computer failure at the UK's air traffic control centre means that all flights have been grounded and passengers are facing widespread disruption.While most travel insurance policies include cover for Travel Delay, the cover is normally only provided wher... Read more

Columbus supporting Crisis at Christmas - the largest volunteer led event in the UK

Columbus Direct has teamed up with Crisis and Rainbow Trust to help raise £1,000 for each charity by Friday 21st December – and it’s easy to lend your support.  Simply Like Columbus Direct on Facebook and choose which charity you want to support - we’ll donate £1 per Like, to help us meet our fundra... Read more

The Donkey Sanctuary urges UK tourists to take steps against animal cruelty this summer

Travel can open your eyes to the world in ways you've never expected - and you may, occasionally, see some sights which may not sit easily with you. Tourists will often come across donkeys on holiday, but is their work in the tourism trade causing them to suffer? We decided to speak to The Donkey ... Read more

The best Halloween attractions for kids and teenagers

This Halloween, get out of the house and scare the family silly with this selection of ghoulish treats. Try daring dishes at Cadbury World’s Spooktacular, freak yourself out at one of Thorpe Park’s Fright Nights or trick/treat yourself to a trip to Disneyland Paris to experience their unique take o... Read more

Londoners and Welsh most likely to claim for lost bags and medical expenses

We've been busy conducting some research into what people in different parts of the UK are most likely to claim for - and Londoners and the Welsh are topping the list for lost bags and medical claims. People living in South West London are the most likely to claim for baggage which has been lost, s... Read more

Insure your pet can come on holiday

Almost half of UK households own a pet and, with the summer holiday season approaching, many will be considering taking their dog or cat away with them. According to recent research by a pet retailer*, one quarter of UK adult pet owners are prepared to pay the same amount as an extra adult on holid... Read more

Euro 2012 - More than just a game

Poland and Ukraine will be two of the hottest city break destinations of 2012, as they’re set to co-host the UEFA Euro 2012 football championships between 8 June and 1 July 2012. It’s not all about the great game though, as the 8 host cities, including Kiev, Lviv and Warsaw amongst others,  are rea... Read more

Christmas Markets Shop till you drop

Get into the Christmas spirit with a trip to one of Europe’s Christmas Markets. Choose from glühwein in Berlin, a quick waltz around Salzburg or a guaranteed blanket of snow in pretty, medieval Tallinn. Or for a stay that’s closer to home, why not plan a festive break to one of the UK’s Christmas ma... Read more

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