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French Alps air tragedy: What if I want to cancel my trip?

Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashed in the French Alps while flying between Barcelona and Düsseldorf. It is expected that all 150 passengers on board the Airbus A320 have been killed by the accident. While this is little comfort to those travelling, many travel insurance policies, and also credit car... Read more

Columbus Wins 5-Stars for Outstanding Value Travel Insurance

Columbus Direct has won the highest star rating for international travel insurance in an extensive 2011 travel insurance survey by independent ratings agency, CANSTAR CANNEX. CANSTAR CANNEX says the award acknowledges Columbus Direct’s outstanding value in the international travel insurance categor... Read more

Columbus Wins ITIJ Award Second Year Running

We’re happy to announce that Columbus Direct Insurance won Intermediary of the Year for a second year at the ITIJ Awards. The International Travel and Health Insurance Journal (ITIJ) Awards were held this month and whether you’re an insurer, claims handler, air ambulance operator, or medical provid... Read more

Take care of yourself on the slopes with the Safe Skiing Code

The safety of yourself and others is paramount if you ski or snowboard - even if you're at home and comfortable on the slopes. Accidents can happen in an instant, and even though you might feel happy and confident on your skis and board, it's always best to bear in mind that others may not be. Whic... Read more

Ski and Snowboarding Shows: Horizon in Bulgaria

If there's one event you should attend, it's Horizon. When is it? March 12 - 17, 2016. Where? Bansko Ski Resort, Bulgaria. How much are tickets? This is another great one for winter sports fans who are trying to stick to a budget - you can book accommodation and a festival ticket from just £17... Read more

10 weird, wonderful and disgusting things about air travel

What happens if someone passes away on a flight? Why do planes really have ashtrays? What happens to bags pompously labelled with 'FRAGILE' stickers, and will tipping get you any freebies? Despite the fact flying is commonplace these days and people tend to use planes as glorified coaches, there's ... Read more

World Malaria Day: What is it, and how can you avoid catching it?

Here's the lowdown on the killer disease that around 2,000 UK travellers contract every year. What is malaria? Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes; it can be fatal if not caught and treated in time. Those infected are dealing with a parasite in their blood; an intermittent f... Read more

Qantas Update: Airline offering 70,000 affected passengers compensation after recent strikes

After the recent strike action that resulted in Qantas dramatically grounding all of its fleet of aircraft and the subsequent ruling by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to permanently end the dispute – Qantas has been requested to offer compensation to the 70,000 passengers ... Read more

The top five airport hubs you need to explore

While all airports now offer some form of entertainment, some go further than others. Here, we introduce you to five of the world's most impressive airport hubs. From tropical gardens and indoor golf courses to the comfort of airport lounges, there's plenty to put a smile on your face. 1. Munich Fr... 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

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