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Top 5 Football Injuries and The Cost for Treatment in Brazil

With Brits buying over 38,000 tickets to the World Cup, it is expected that thousands will be jetting off to sunny Brazil this June. Kick-off is just a few weeks away so leading travel insurance specialist, Columbus Direct, has looked at the top football injuries and how much it would cost for treat... Read more

Foreign Travel Insurance: Caution and Common Sense for Holidays in Brazil

Brazil’s popularity as a holiday destination continues to grow rapidly, as the hosts of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics, and record numbers of tourists have visited over the past 10 years. From golden sands to stunning lagoons and mountain forests, even a casual walk out of the cities will... Read more

Brazilian airlines to resume flying after Chilean ash cloud lifts

Brazilian airlines say they are resuming their flights to Argentina and Uruguay after a daylong suspension provoked by ash clouds from a volcano in southern Chile. The Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano has been sporadically active since June. Ash clouds reappeared on Sunday, forcing several airlines in... Read more

Eight unusual wine making regions around the world

Think wine and, most of us anyway, immediately think of the major wine producing countries such as France, Spain and Italy. Those who think of themselves as modern connoisseurs may think Australia, America and Chile. The fact is that there are very few countries who don't produce wine now, and they ... Read more

England best hope for the World Cup

The countdown’s on for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and there’s a queasy mix of excitement and trepidation kicking around. Luis Suarez needing to recover from knee surgery might give England a boost in progressing from their group even though Suarez’s mum has said he’ll be ready in time. Wayne Roone... Read more

Floods in Peru, Chile and Bolivia after heavy rain

10 February 2013 Last updated at 01:57 GMT Torrential rain trapped many cars and flooded hundreds of homes Torrential rain has been causing havoc along the Pacific coast side of South America, with flooding causing the deaths of at least six people in Peru. In the southern city of Arequipa, thous... Read more

Are you thinking about getting busy living?

Two time British Wavemasters Champion Marc ‘Blast’ Rowley has a very different life to what he used to. People who see him now can’t believe how different he looks. For more than 20 years used to wake up, put on his suit and go to his successful yet stressful career. Now he wakes up, checks the wind... Read more

Day in the life of. . .

The scratching of the dog wakes me up. I move slowly so as not to wake Suz and see the clock says 6:05am. I walk into the lounge, straight to the window and open the blinds in one smooth movement. A bright British day pours in. Looking at the trees I can see they are frantically waving at me. A sho... Read more

Top travel tips for foodies

Most people will agree that having the chance to travel is one of life's most incredible experiences. Grab that passport, get your travel insurance, pack a clean pair of undies or two and off you go! One of the most wonderful things about travelling is the opportunity to try new and exciting foods.... 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

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