A Brief History of Insurance Throughout The Ages

Where did it all begin? Where did the practice of assessing risk begin, and why? We’ve taken a look at the history of protecting yourself and your loved ones against unforeseen circumstances, and how the world and financial markets have changed to accommodate ever-changing ideas of risk. The art of protecting our lives and possessions in case of accidents isn’t a modern fad; it dates back to early human society. Thanks to historical research, we know of two types of economies - natural or non-monetary economies, and those that used basic forms of finance. The latter used trade and bartering as... Read more

Solo female travellers: Making your trip safe and memorable

If you're a woman who's chosen to travel alone, it can be one of the most fulfilling, rewarding and exciting things you'll ever do. Sorting out backpacker insurance, drawing up an itinerary and choosing a destination is exciting, but it is vital to remember that whether you're away for a week or for... Read more

Five cool things to pack this summer

Beyond flip flops and factor 30, take a look at our top five must-have items for your summer holiday this year. If you only pack one thing in your suitcase this summer, make sure it's one of these. And underwear. Please don't forget your underwear. 1) Fisheye smartphone lens Treat yourself to a geek... Read more

Columbus Direct take on the Scorpion Kings and live to tell the tail

Last night was our South African team's third game of the season, and they played the Scorpion Kings. And, believe you me, what a game it was. For the first time this season, the team started on the front foot, as they scored two goals almost straight away. Then things got interesting. The score wen... Read more

8 motivational tips from ski legend Chemmy Alcott

We're big fans of Chemmy Alcott (anyone who tackles the Arctic Circle Race and smashes it wins our respect), and we thought we'd ask her what makes her tick. We’ve looked through our interviews with Chemmy at N.Peal and Trevor Sorbie, and uncovered some of the motivations that keep her inspired. Her... Read more

Columbus Direct backs Swiss ski resort which has banned Saint Bernard selfies

We're delighted to hear that the ski resort of Zermatt in Switzerland is in the process of banning tourists taking pictures with Saint Bernards. These snaps have always been a must-have souvenir in Zermatt, but the Swiss Animal Protection Agency has recently raised concerns that former search and re... Read more

Foreign Travel Insurance: Caution and Common Sense for Holidays in Brazil

Brazil’s popularity as a holiday destination continues to grow rapidly, as the hosts of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics, and record numbers of tourists have visited over the past 10 years. From golden sands to stunning lagoons and mountain forests, even a casual walk out of the cities will ... Read more

The FCA proposes to ban opt-out selling

In a move that will delight consumers and watchdogs alike, the Financial Conduct Authority is set to ban opt-out selling in financial services markets. Last year, the general insurance market was reviewed, and add-ons were put under the microscope. This is thought to be the reason for the regulator'... Read more

Six reasons why life insurance is a better gift than an Xbox

OK, OK - you're a bit confused by the title. Fair enough. We're being serious, though. A life insurance policy is a valuable asset, and although it's not necessarily as fun as an Xbox, it's a gift that'll take care of your favourite people if the worst should happen. If you're thinking about treati... Read more

Why you need life insurance

If you think that you can forego life insurance, think again.It's true that it has a few other functions - for instance, protecting key employees in businesses and paying potential estate taxes. However, most people will buy it to protect their loved ones in case something happens to them.It's a mor... Read more


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