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How powerful is your passport?

Just how powerful is your passport? Passport Index has listed every single passport in the world and ranked them according to how powerful each passport is - so, essentially, how many countries you can visit visa-free. The top three countries aren't too surprising - the US, the UK and South Korea ... Read more

Keep your passport safe and avoid the hustle this summer

It's the time of year when we all begin feverishly trying to cram as much as we can into a single suitcase; that's righ, it's holiday time, and don't you forget it. However, it's always worth bearing in mind some sensible advice before you travel - and passport protection should definitely be on yo... Read more

Passports myths debunked: Do I need to renew my passport?

Dear Columbus Direct, My parents live in Spain, and have invited my two grown-up children (18 and 19) and I out to join them in the middle of April, returning at the end of April. My children's passports expire in early May. I think I may have left it a bit late to renew them on their behalf, but d... Read more

Double misery for travellers heading to France this week

If you're travelling to France this week, there's a chance you could fall foul of French air traffic controller strikes and new passport checks. The Telegraph reports that up to half of the flights between France and Britain could be cancelled as the SNCTA, France’s largest air traffic controllers’... Read more

Holiday nightmares and how to avoid them

From dealing with travel sickness to knowing how and when to get in touch with the British Embassy, if something goes wrong on your trip, knowing what to do can save you time and stress. We've compiled a set of simple tips and tricks to keep you happy, safe and well. Ignore them at your peril. M... Read more

Insure your pet can come on holiday

Almost half of UK households own a pet and, with the summer holiday season approaching, many will be considering taking their dog or cat away with them. According to recent research by a pet retailer*, one quarter of UK adult pet owners are prepared to pay the same amount as an extra adult on holid... Read more

Travel advice for fans travelling to Australia for the ICC Cricket World Cup

If you're travelling to the ICC Cricket World Cup this spring, you'll be aware that it's a hectic time for a cricket fan. The tournament runs from February 14 - March 28, and 49 one-day international matches will be played. That's a lot of games. So, without any further ado, here's what to check be... Read more

15 easy ways to make sure you miss your flight

Modern air travel has been tweaked to such an extent that, when things are running as they should, it's a streamlined, well-oiled process. You can check in days before you arrive, breeze through security then spend your time mooching around Duty Free, aimlessly checking the board for your flight. ... Read more

What should you pack for a ski trip?

Your ski trip is finally booked, and now the countdown begins. Get in. However, do you know what should you pack to ensure you stay toasty and dry all day long? Here's our handy guide to making sure you don't forget any essentials for your ski holiday of a lifetime. Over to you, Chemmy... Packing... Read more

Travelling as a family? Your questions answered

Going away as a family is the last word in relaxation; you’re all together, doing what you love, and enjoying some quality time. We’re here to make sure you feel protected on your trip, so you can make the most of your time away. Got any queries about Columbus Direct holiday insurance for children?... Read more

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