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Your new holiday friends will probably not stay in touch

If you think your new holiday friends are going to stay in touch, think again - they are probably sick of the sight of you already.A new survey commissioned by Hotels.com has revealed the lengths that people go to in order to avoid continuing relationships with 'holiday' friends, with some people ev... Read more

How to travel like a badass in ten easy steps

Not everyone's built for travelling. Hold the phone - we said travelling, not holidays. Holidays are great; you're ferried from place to place, the food's normally easily-recognisable, most people speak English (or will be kind to you if you attempt their language) and the place you're staying in w... 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

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

ABTA Reveals Britons Ideal Holiday Choices

The British public have voted for their favourite holiday choices and sunning themselves on the beach and the family as ideal company have come out on top. Second most popular are city breaks and travelling with your partner and third, cultural breaks and friends tagging along. The results were rele... Read more

20% of Britons fail to take out travel insurance

According to the 2011 ABTA Consumer Trends survey, nearly 20% of travellers and 37% of all trips taken in 2011 were uninsured, with Brits deciding that 56% of domestic holidays did not need any insurance protection. The survey also revealed that 26% of travellers in Europe believe the European Heal... Read more

Just so you know, the FCO is not directory enquiries

Recent enquiries received by Foreign & Commonwealth Office staff in Spain include a request for Phil Collins’ telephone number, and a man reportedly asked staff to contact his dominatrix after she had left him stranded at the airport The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is attempting to remind... Read more

Five ways to make the most of your trip to Morocco

It's classed as a European destination, but once you arrive, you'll see that Morocco is African through and through. From soaking away your cares in a hammam to filling your suitcase with cheap pottery, rugs and bags and drinking mint tea on shop terraces, Morocco is a destination that suits groups... Read more

EHIC card may not cover Brits who fall ill in struggling euro countries

Columbus Direct has warned British travellers that the EHIC card may not be enough to cover the medical expenses if they fall ill in countries such as Greece and Spain, due to these countries' failing economies.With 26% of British travellers in Europe believing the European Health Insurance Card (EH... Read more

Tips and tricks for great holiday snaps

A case of the dreaded 'red eye?  An unwanted photobomber getting in the way of your view? We've all had disappointing holiday snaps in the past, but in the digital age and with the advent of social photo sharing, there’s now no excuse to come back from your summer holiday without an impressive set ... Read more

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