16 simple things you can do to have a happy and safe festival

If you were all out of luck with Glastonbury tickets this year, or want to find a guaranteed mud-free experience, you might be thinking of heading to a festival abroad this summer. Why not? It’s a great idea and with cheap flights, not that much more expensive. Plenty of sunshine, potentially cheaper drinks, boutique camping and accommodation (no lugging that tent through customs).  We’re sold.  Let’s start planning… Taking out travel insurance is always a good plan (we would say that, wouldn’t we?) But first and foremost, before you think about your packing list of festival essentials ma... Read more

Top 5 family holiday destinations in Europe this summer

Planning a family summer holiday requires a certain amount of creativity so that it’s fun for the kids, relaxing for you, and affordable. When travelling with young children, you want flights to be relatively short, so if you haven’t planned that much needed getaway during the six week summer stretc... Read more

When is it safe to go scuba diving?

For holidaymakers, scuba diving offers a completely different type of activity which may peak your interest due to your location, the party you’ve travelled with, or simply you just feel like trying something new. In many resorts across the globe, scuba diving is readily available, and often comes ... Read more

Your Challenge: Get Lost for National Walking Month

May is National Walking month in 2019 – challenging us to get out into the fresh air and walk for at least 20 minutes a day.  Walking is not only good for our metabolism and heart, it can help reduce the risk of dementia and is a natural boost for our mental health too. It’s also one of the best wa... Read more

Travel to the Ends of the Earth for National Parks week

Nature is awakening and spring is here. This Easter coincides with the start of National Parks Week in the US (20th-28th April) and the closing weekend of the Discover National Parks fortnight here in the UK (6th-20th April). Here are four absolute jaw-droppers from all four corners of the earth to... Read more

6 of the Best Places to Celebrate Holi Festival of Colours

What’s a festival without getting a little messy? India’s Holi celebrations do it in style. You’ve probably seen the pictures – revellers covered head to toe in vivid coloured powders, the air clouded in a pastel explosion. Want in on the action? Well, if you’re thinking of getting away this Spring... Read more

Interesting Turkish cuisine you shouldn't pass up

A big influence on the dishes served up in Turkey today came from Ottoman cuisine from the Ottoman Empire (14th – 20th Century), inheriting flavours from Turkey, Greece, the Balkans and parts of the Caucasus and the Middle East. And it was this collection of flavours and cooking techniques which giv... Read more

Popular festivals in Thailand you need to see!

Thailand is a popular holiday destination for UK residents, with an estimated 987,000 visiting the country in 2018, making it the top European nationality to visit Thailand during the 12 month period. But what exactly draws holidaymakers to the Southeast Asian country? Sure, the beaches are pretty a... Read more

Ski Insurance and Winter Sports FAQs

Purchasing insurance for your winter sports holiday and have a niggling question? This blog will outline some of the most asked questions across a few categories, and provide information on how to access more details. You’ve got to always look after number one, so when purchasing travel insurance f... Read more

5 days of free Wi-Fi now available to Columbus Direct customers

Going abroad and not having full use of your mobile without paying extortionate charges for roaming can be very frustrating, especially when you like to stay (or need to stay) connected. Not all hotels and resorts are well connected, you may find that they offer no Wi-Fi, or offer a poor connection ... Read more


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