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Groundhog day: Avoid making these holiday mistakes again and again

Today is the day which we remember Bill Murray at his very finest, living the same 24 hours over and over again until he finally learns some of life’s hardest lessons and he is able to move forward with his. Yes, we’re talking about Groundhog Day - a film which, incidentally, was directed by Harold ... Read more

Brit tourist handed £165k hospital bill after romp went wrong

The next time you're tempted to travel without insurance, think about poor Peter Cousins. The uninsured Brit was travelling around the US with his then-partner in 2013, and they briefly stopped to work at a cowboy ranch in the middle of the Nevada desert. One day, the amorous pair discovered a hot... Read more

British woman highlights dangers of travel without travel insurance

A British woman whose travel insurance didn’t cover her is effectively ‘trapped’ in the US after falling ill abroad. Denise Griggi, 63, was rushed to hospital shortly after landing in the US due to early stage congestive heart failure. Her condition has been stabilised and she is recovering alongs... Read more

Brit tourist charged thousands for downloading data abroad

When Patricia Al accidentally downloaded two episodes of My Family when on holiday in Turkey, the only thing she should have worried about was wasting an hour of her life watching the dullest sitcom ever made. However, she was in for a shock when she returned to the UK, as she discovered that she'd... Read more

EHIC card may not cover Brits who fall ill in struggling euro countries

Columbus Direct has warned British travellers that the EHIC card may not be enough to cover the medical expenses if they fall ill in countries such as Greece and Spain, due to these countries' failing economies.With 26% of British travellers in Europe believing the European Health Insurance Card (EH... Read more

The FCO reveals why you should always take out travel insurance

What exactly can you expect if you go on holiday without any travel insurance? You're effectively playing a game of chance. Yes, there's every likelihood that you'll be fine, and you'll come home unscathed. But what if the worst happens? You could face issues getting home due to missed flights, cr... Read more

For shame! Brits show they're lousy tippers at the end of their holidays

When you think of Brits abroad, a few words spring to mind. Fun-loving, friendly, generous and adventurous, perhaps. Sorry - we're going to have to scrap 'generous', as a new report has shown that Brits on holiday are loath to part with their cash - especially when it comes to tipping. According t... Read more

20% of Britons fail to take out travel insurance

According to the 2011 ABTA Consumer Trends survey, nearly 20% of travellers and 37% of all trips taken in 2011 were uninsured, with Brits deciding that 56% of domestic holidays did not need any insurance protection. The survey also revealed that 26% of travellers in Europe believe the European Heal... Read more

Be safe on the slopes

Columbus Direct is one of over 500 travel industry partners that supports of the FCO’s Know Before You Go campaign, whose aim is to help Brits to stay safe and healthy abroad. And with the ski season in full flow, the Know Before You Go team has sent us the results of a recent survey of winte... Read more

Holidaying Brits get lost for 2.2m hours per year

If you thought that we were a nation of savvy travellers, think again. It appears that when we're on holiday, Brits abroad are losing a staggering 21.9m hours of their breaks because they're getting lost.That's right - we're all able to negotiate the Tube without a moment's hesitation, we always man... Read more

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