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Grab a bargain - not more than you bargained for

Do you know the real cost of having no insurance? As British nationals look to bag a European bargain break this year due to favourable exchange rates, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is urging holidaymakers to be better prepared for trips abroad. Travelling abroad uninsured can cost thousands... Read more

Important information for travellers regarding the terrorist attack in Tunisia

Tunisia had over 400,000 visits from Brits last year, so the recent terrorist attack at the Bardo museum in the country’s capital city of Tunis on March 18 is likely to have concerned you if you’re travelling there soon. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are currently advising against trave... Read more

Nepal crisis: How to help family and friends contact the FCO

The recent tragic earthquake in Nepal has impacted many people, including British citizens. If you, family or friends have Columbus Direct travel insurance, our assistance team are on hand to provide support if medical treatment is required. If you are due to travel to Nepal you should keep an eye ... Read more

Keep your passport safe and avoid the hustle this summer

It's the time of year when we all begin feverishly trying to cram as much as we can into a single suitcase; that's righ, it's holiday time, and don't you forget it. However, it's always worth bearing in mind some sensible advice before you travel - and passport protection should definitely be on yo... Read more

Strikes in Portugal will cause delays

Flights to and from Portugal will be disrupted as a result of a series of walkouts planned by Portuguese Air Traffic Controllers. Thousands of passengers face having their flights cancelled or delayed as airport staff are planning 24-hour strike action tomorrow starting at midnight, which will exte... Read more

Hurricane Leslie approaches Bermuda with powerful winds

Forecasters are warning that slow-moving tropical storm, Leslie, could pack powerful winds as it approaches the British territory. According to The Bermuda Weather Service, the storm trajectory will bring it within 20 to 40 miles of the island early morning on Sunday 9 September (FCO Travel Advice).... Read more

Up and coming destinations for 2013

Up and coming destinations for 2013… We’re taking a look at the up and coming destinations that have set the travel industry abuzz for 2013 – get in before the tourist hoards for unspoilt beaches and a more authentic travel experience – you could bag a bargain too… Manmar British travellers have ... Read more

Holiday nightmares and how to avoid them

From dealing with travel sickness to knowing how and when to get in touch with the British Embassy, if something goes wrong on your trip, knowing what to do can save you time and stress. We've compiled a set of simple tips and tricks to keep you happy, safe and well. Ignore them at your peril. M... Read more

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

Greece is listed as a top 10 destination for Brits to visit this year according to 2014 ABTA Travel Trends, and with cosmopolitan islands and great value for money, it’s as clear as the waters surrounding it why. From the dazzling cultural beauty of Spartan ruins to spectacular white sand beaches an... Read more

Ash Cloud worries for Holidaymakers

The aviation industry has today been warned about potential flight disruptions due to powerful seismic activity recorded at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano in the past three days. The Met Office recorded the earthquake as the strongest in the region since 1996 and upgraded the status to orange – the f... Read more

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