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Columbus Direct backs Swiss ski resort which has banned Saint Bernard selfies

We're delighted to hear that the ski resort of Zermatt in Switzerland is in the process of banning tourists taking pictures with Saint Bernards. These snaps have always been a must-have souvenir in Zermatt, but the Swiss Animal Protection Agency has recently raised concerns that former search and r... Read more

Hurricane Irma tears path through the Caribbean and Florida

Hurricane Irma tears path through the Caribbean and Florida Travellers heading to the Caribbean and Florida over the weekend are justifiably on high alert about the progress of Hurricane Irma. Already tearing into the eastward islands of Turks and Caicos on Thursday night, Irma has been upgraded to... Read more

Chikungunya virus: What you need to know

There has been an outbreak of the Chikungunya virus in the Caribbean. The mosquito-borne virus, which has no preventative vaccine, was reported for the first time in December 2013 in Saint Martin. It is now prevalent throughout the islands, including areas such as Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, S... Read more

The Dark Adrenaline Winter Sports Playlist 2015 - 2016

Whether you're a pop fan (we're not judging you) or you prefer something with a slightly harder edge, we thought some of you could do with a new playlist for your winter holiday.  So, we approached Dark Adrenaline and asked them about their favourite songs to ski and snowboard to. They were only to... Read more

Zika virus and your policy: What you need to know

PLEASE NOTE: INFORMATION ONLY APPLIES TO UK POLICIES. The outbreak of the Zika virus has led to many passengers feeling unsure about travelling. The infection, which is spread by mosquito bites, causes symptoms including mild fever, conjunctivitis and headaches. It has already been found in 21 cou... Read more

Tune in to Barcelona in Summer 2012

With its sandy beaches and chilled out city culture, Barcelona makes for an ideal summer break. And with no Glastonbury this year, there’s no better time to head off, as it plays host to acts as diverse as Bob Dylan, Dizzee Rascal, De La Soul and The Horrors at Benicassim and Primavera Sound festiva... Read more

The top Belgian Christmas Markets to visit this December

More and more people are going on holiday around Christmas, and it's not a surprising trend. Not only can you avoid the horror of the shops on Boxing Day, but it's a great way of experiencing how another country gets itself into the festive mood. In recent years, Belgium's had a rise in popularity... Read more

Half of Children Have Met the Real Santa Claus

Half (47%) of British children (aged five to 11) claim to have met the “real” Santa Claus, reveals new research from travel insurance specialist Columbus Direct1.  When asked how Santa Claus knows where they live: 11% of children claim he uses magic to find them on Christmas Eve. One child cl... Read more

The ten best things about Brussels

When it comes to a decadent weekend away, we're lucky to have loads of options available to us.  If you're staying in the UK, there's the seaside (Hastings, Brighton, Wells-next-the-Sea, Bournemouth), or there's the countryside (take your pick - our favourites include The Cotswolds, Devon and Dorse... Read more

Ten French habits you should adopt before the year is out

Euro 2016 is almost upon us, and the football tournament of the year will be kicking off with France v Romania on Friday, June 10.  We'll openly admit to being fascinated by the French. Their language is heart-stoppingly beautiful, their food is delicious, and the coffee's far better than the bland... Read more