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The FCO and ABI launches Travel Insurance Awareness campaign

Buying travel insurance can be tricky, especially if you have an existing medical condition. It's hard to know what to declare, and what can remain personal - and The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Association of British Insurers have decided to launch a campaign to provide clarity... Read more

Help Columbus make a difference this Christmas

This Christmas, we’re joining with both Rainbow Trust children’s charity and Crisis, who work with homeless people, to raise vital funds at what can be a difficult time of year for those in need. We’re inviting you to help us make a difference, by making sure we reach our target of £1,000 for each c... Read more

Be safe on the slopes

Columbus Direct is one of over 500 travel industry partners that supports of the FCO’s Know Before You Go campaign, whose aim is to help Brits to stay safe and healthy abroad. And with the ski season in full flow, the Know Before You Go team has sent us the results of a recent survey of winte... Read more

The IATA formalises rescue fares to help stranded passengers

Have you ever been stranded because your airline collapsed? If so, here's some good news to round of the week - members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have agreed to offer discount 'rescue' fares to travellers who are unable to travel because their airline has gone out of bus... Read more

Travel debate: Should flights have a separate area for families?

Travelling with children is always a touchy subject. Whether you're a parent or not, it's an issue that divides opinion more easily than whether or not to eat food that's fallen on the floor, and it's a subject dear to many travellers' hearts. The next time you're going through Passport Control, s... Read more

Do you really know what your insurance covers?

It's all very well buying travel insurance - but if you don't know what it covers, you could be in trouble. We've been working with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to remind our customers of the importance of keeping up to date with travel advice and understanding what their travel insu... Read more

Mules are fools - Brits urged to consider the consequences of drug crimes

New advice from the FCO has hammered home the message that being a drugs mule is, well, utterly bonkers. Every year, Brits are putting themselves at risk of arrest or imprisonment for drug-related offending. There has been an increase in arrests over the past year, and the Foreign and Commonwealth ... Read more

The best films about holidays which went slightly awry

Packing for a trip at the moment? Good good; don't let us stop you. Here at Columbus Direct, obviously, we're massive fans of travel - but we can't resist a film where the trip takes a funny, surreal or downright dangerous turn. You may have guessed this by our fondness for Airplane!, which we stil... Read more

How to help stamp out animal cruelty on your travels

When is an animal not an animal? When it's a source of entertainment at the animal's detriment. We've spoken to an expert at World Animal Protection, a charity that is doing what it can to educate and stop people using animals as entertainment for tourists. From dancing bears, trained dolphins to e... Read more

Responsible Travel reveal how to be an ethical tourist

How do you travel ethically? We've spoken to Saul Greenland at Responsible Travel about travel and ethical tourism, and how people who want to see the world with a guilt-free conscience can make the most of their time abroad. Please can you give us a bit of background about Responsible Travel; whe... Read more

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