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Currency cards and the cost of using cash on holiday

We don’t always think about the cost of using cash on holidays but there are pitfalls. It can be harder keeping track of how much you are spending and what exchange rate you are receiving at each withdrawal. Bank transaction fees and ATM cash fees combined with the exchange rate can bring your cash ... Read more

Travellers may be asked for credit card instead of EHIC card, warns EU Commission

Some Columbus Direct customers have experienced issues using EHIC cards in SpainLondon 31 May 2013 – A year ago this month, Columbus Direct warned British travellers that the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card may not be enough to cover their medical expenses if they fall ill in countries su... Read more

Chemmy A Million Thank Yous

Four-time Olympian and all-round inspiration, Chemmy Alcott has done our country proud. And we are just chuffed here at Columbus Direct Insurance to see her achievements at Sochi. We were all biting our nails watching her race as she came in not even two seconds off the Gold medal time in the women’... Read more

How to avoid holiday rip offs

Hands up if you've ever fallen foul of hidden costs? Us too. From airline check-in charges and baggage fees to the exorbitant cost of hotel Wi-Fi, it’s easy to be held to ransom over hidden costs on holiday. The extras all add up, so it’s worth being aware of some of the pitfalls. Major high stree... Read more

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

Greece is listed as a top 10 destination for Brits to visit this year according to 2014 ABTA Travel Trends, and with cosmopolitan islands and great value for money, it’s as clear as the waters surrounding it why. From the dazzling cultural beauty of Spartan ruins to spectacular white sand beaches an... Read more

How to keep your stuff safe at festivals

With the summer about to kick off, the next few months are set to be jam-packed with all-day festivals, weekend offerings and five-day camping extravaganzas, offering music lovers their own personal Mecca - for a few days, at least. Unfortunately, a gathering of 100,000 people in a field can someti... Read more

Five backpacker life hacks to take around the globe

Backpacking around the world is one of those experiences that everyone should enjoy - and the great thing is that taking a gap year is no longer the sole preserve of young people.No matter what your age, you'll need to be really clever about what you fill your trusty backpack with, as space is limit... Read more

Essential life hacks for your holidays

We all look forward to our holidays; the chance for two weeks in the sun, on the slopes or up a mountain. Let's be honest, though; the logistical bits can be, well, a bit of a faff. We've scanned the world wide web for the very best holiday 'life hacks' - hints, tips and brilliant ideas that can ma... Read more

Search your sofa for holiday cash

If you’re dreading the arrival of winter and your summer tan is a long-distant memory, cheer up - there’s a very good chance you could have the funds you need to make your winter holiday a reality. A new study reported in the Daily Mail has revealed that the average household brings home around £11... Read more

How to keep your home secure during the Christmas holidays

Although we all take time off over the Christmas holidays, thieves don't - and the season to be merry can very often turn into the season to be burgled. This December, don't let your guard down and become a victim of crime; here's how to keep your home safe. If you're going away: If you're planni... Read more

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