What to take and wear for your first skiing trip

Going skiing for the first time can be quite a daunting experience. There’s a lot of equipment that you need to have in place for your trip, and it might take a few tries to get the basics right. If you’re planning out your first ski holiday, then you’ll want to make sure that you’re fully prepared for the trip. This means getting the right clothes and equipment so that you are ready for whatever is thrown at you. One way to protect yourself and your family is to get travel insurance to cover your winter break, in case anything goes wrong. Columbus Direct gives you the option of adding Winter ... Read more

Why you still need an EHIC post-Brexit

Our latest research shows that 1.8 million people have let their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) expire since the last Brexit date (March 2019)*, leaving themselves unprotected if they travel to Europe in the coming months. A recent survey of Columbus Direct customers found that 74% of people... Read more

How to avoid delay dismay at the airport

Our latest research shows British holiday-makers spent up to 28 million hours waiting for delayed flights last year as travel disruption, strikes and airline administrations wreaked havoc on the holiday plans of millions.  For many, a holiday from hell starts in the airport – long delays inevitably... Read more

The Top Five Most Popular Cities in the World

The romance of travelling to other countries is enough to send most people into a daydream. If you often find yourself sinking into a reverie about jetting off to foreign shores, we’ve got a suitcase full of inspiration for you. Our new study reveals the most popular cities in the world - two of wh... Read more

5 Places to Jet to For a Late Summer Break

There is a lot to be said for jetting off on a late summer break. To start with you will save a lot of money compared to if you travelled in the peak months. Secondly, the resorts will be quieter so you have a better chance of securing a good spot by the pool and on the beach. You can also get a tan... Read more

How to drive safely abroad

Even if you're an experienced driver, the thought of hiring a car and driving abroad can be a bit scary. Things change. The side of the road you drive on, how you negotiate roundabouts, and even where you're sat in the car; it's no wonder some people are apprehensive before they set off. However, t... Read more

Family-Friendly Holiday Destinations In Europe: What To Consider

Travelling overseas for a family holiday in Europe can be hard work. Toddlers and young children can be especially difficult because they have shorter attention spans, get restless during travel times and have a tendency to wander off.  When choosing the best family holiday destination in Europe, t... Read more

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 cheap... 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 (our useful online tool is a great place to start). When travelling with young children, you want flights to be relatively short, so if you haven’t planned that mu... Read more