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Nepal crisis: How to help family and friends contact the FCO

The recent tragic earthquake in Nepal has impacted many people, including British citizens. If you, family or friends have Columbus Direct travel insurance, our assistance team are on hand to provide support if medical treatment is required. If you are due to travel to Nepal you should keep an eye ... Read more

Best places to use up your remaining holiday allowance

The end of the year is getting closer and closer, but you still haven't used all your holiday allowance. If you don't use it up, you'll risk losing it altogether. Our solution, you ask? Use it on a holiday. I mean come on, you've been working hard all year, you surely deserve another break? You may... Read more

Top unexplored parts of the world Part 1

When you are planning a trip, choosing the destination is the most exciting part. Are you looking for a Mediterranean beach holiday, or are you going to explore the mountain top villages of Nepal? Then all that’s left it to pack your walking shoes, get your insurance, change your answering message o... Read more

Columbus Direct debunks the top holiday myths

We've taken a look at some travel-related myths and looked at whether you should pay any attention to them or not. If you've ever had a holiday fear which you think is irrational, we'll put you straight here. Is it safe to swim after eating? Sorry, parents - that old 'wait an hour' rule is dead in... Read more

Does volunteering do more harm than good?

Volunteering is, as a rule, supposed to be a beneficial act. You’re dedicating your time and expertise to people that may have less than you, helping to build communities and strengthen bonds between people. But is volunteering ever just a case of turning up, doing the job, leaving a positive legacy... Read more

Hike around the World

There are miles and miles of hiking trails to conquer around the globe, and while trekking along the long and winding paths can be tiring, the rewards in the form of some of the best views you could ever imagine make it all worthwhile. But why a trekking holiday? Easy - you keep fit, which means yo... Read more