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

There’s a freedom in Portugal that infiltrates your senses and gives you tingles. Strolling from Unesco world heritage sites, challenging hiking trails, some of Europe’s finest beaches, medieval houses, Roman temples, through Moorish alleys, Portugal has it all bathed in year-round sunshine. What is... Read more

Motorway insurance scam scuppered by on-board camera

A thoughtless motorist who careered over three lanes of traffic and swerved in front of a lorry driver has had their claim for four whiplash settlements exposed as fraud thanks to a dashboard camera.The lorry's on-board device, made by Smart Witness, captured the incident on the M25, and showed a dr... 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

The strangest insurance requests from the archives

We've been trawling through the archives (as you do - at the time of writing, it was a Thursday afternoon), and we've found these gems from 2006. Columbus have been providing travel insurance since 1988, and cover around one million customers a year, so it’s not surprising that over the years that ... Read more

Do star signs influence insurance claims?

Comparing over 20,000 customers’ dates of birth and the claims they made, data analysts at Columbus Direct found that Taurus, Aries and Gemini are the three signs most likely to make a claim on their travel insurance – and that usually-adventurous Sagittarians are the least likely to make a claim.Wh... Read more

Make sure your home insurance claim doesn't get rejected

If you're about to purchase a home insurance policy and you're blithely scrolling through those reams of terms and conditions without reading them, stop. Just stop.Those clever people at The Money Advice Service have compiled a list of things that could invalidate your insurance. Here are ten of the... Read more

A fifth of people withhold information on home insurance applications

Scandalous new research by Gocompare.com has found that almost one in five UK householders has embellished the truth or withheld information when applying for home insurance. You naughty, naughty lot.You might think that you're saving some cash by fibbing - over half of the people interviewed said t... 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

Brit tourist unable to be repatriated due to invalid travel insurance

The body of a 59-year-old father of six who died suddenly on holiday is ‘stuck’ in Spain, as his travel insurance has been deemed invalid.Thomas Owens was insured by StaySure, but the company are apparently refusing to repatriate his body as he failed to disclose he had a heart condition when bookin... Read more

Travel insurance ad aims to scare people into buying cover

A new advert has been launched in Australia that aims to 'frighten people' into buying travel insurance. Backed by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, in association with the Choice Guide to Travel Insurance, the unusual ad chooses to personify the 'risk' uninsured people face as a large, int... Read more

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