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Ten weird and wonderful facts about Japanese culture

The Japanese culture can be frustrating for some, and fascinating for many, depending on the experiences we encounter in this conservative but highly modernised nation. The degree of cultural differences also varies based on your country of origin, but it is still interesting to know these facets no... Read more

A beginner’s guide to Spanish culture

There’s something irresistible about the Spanish way of life, isn’t there?  Us Brits imagine it’s relaxed and easygoing, yet fiery and passionate. However, what’s it like for someone living in Spain, who’s experienced day to day life first-hand? We figured that travel blogger and Spain resident Jos... Read more

Get to know the other side of Dubai this autumn

Say 'Dubai', and most people think of millionaires speeding around in six-figure supercars, opulent designer shopping malls and slick beach resort hotels. We’ve been wondering whether there’s another side of this gleaming new metropolis to discover, and if culture, art and adventure await in the Un... Read more

Where to go in May

With the unseasonably chilly spring we’re having, we’re all in need of some sunshine here at Columbus Direct towers and our thoughts are turning to hotter climes.  Why not plan an early-season Summer break to get your dose of Vitamin D?  Here are our top picks for travel during May: Bahamas May is... Read more

Top tips for your first time in Rome

Ah Rome, the eternal city. Italy's much-loved capital continues to enchant millions of visitors every year with its ancient architecture, its vibrant culture and pure romance. It's no wonder that Rome appears on many people's bucket lists, it offers so many attractions and landmarks. However, when ... Read more

Dress etiquette around the world

When travelling, there are so many things to remember to do before you go. Most of us remember to buy travel insurance and sort out our spending money, but it's also important to remember that the countries you'll be visiting might have their own dress codes which must be adhered to. This is partic... Read more

Sexism and travel: ABTA's guide to cultural differences and staying safe abroad

Columbus Direct has spoken to ABTA about cultural differences, and how you can avoid coming unstuck during your summer holiday by following a few simple rules. If you're reading this in the UK, you'll be aware that as a rule, we're a pretty tolerant country. However, there are some countries where ... 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

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

Columbus Direct wins ITIJ Intermediary of the year award

We are delighted to announce that Columbus has beaten Healix Insurance Services and AON to be named Intermediary of the Year at an awards ceremony in Barcelona hosted by the International Travel Insurance Journal (ITIJ). The annual ITIJ Awards recognise those providers in the travel insurance indus... Read more

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