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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

Fitness testing with The Arctic V and Chemmy Alcott at Kingston University

On a cold, rainy evening in November, we headed to Kingston University's Sport, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Department to meet up with former Olympic athlete Chemmy Alcott and a few members of The Arctic V. Just in case you'd forgotten, The Arctic V are comprised of Chemmy, Max Willc... Read more

What you need to know about Ebola and travel

Please note: If you've got any questions about your travel insurance and how Ebola might affect your journey, tweet us @Columbus_Direct with your questions.Passengers arriving in the UK from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will have their temperatures tested for suspected Ebola at Heathrow terminal... 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

Ten ways to ensure you stay healthy and happy flying long-haul

Until someone invents the teleporter, we're afraid that long-haul flying is around to stay. It's cramped, it's miserable, and it's not known for its fantastic food - but there are ways to ensure you arrive at your destination looking slightly better than everyone else. 1) Watch your drinking. Alco... Read more

Brit tourist handed £165k hospital bill after romp went wrong

The next time you're tempted to travel without insurance, think about poor Peter Cousins. The uninsured Brit was travelling around the US with his then-partner in 2013, and they briefly stopped to work at a cowboy ranch in the middle of the Nevada desert. One day, the amorous pair discovered a hot... 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

Advice for older travellers

We're only going to say this the once, so listen up - age doesn't matter. Well, unless you're a cheese or a wine, and we're going to take a wild guess and assume that you're neither of those. People are retiring earlier, saving harder and travelling further than ever before. 'Grey gappers' (older b... Read more

Travelling with medical conditions: How to stay healthy abroad

Taking a trip when you have a condition can make even the most experienced traveller nervous. Luckily, we’re on hand to ensure you can make the most of your time away. Here is some advice to help you stay safe while on holiday. Why do you need to declare medical conditions? If you’re travelling an... Read more

Top summer sports to enjoy on holiday

If you're going somewhere hot this summer, you're bound to want to cool yourself off in the water. Lying by the beach and going swimming are all well and good - but what if you want to do something more adventurous? Water sports are ideal for those who want to cool off quickly.. There are a variety ... Read more

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