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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 el... Read more

Partnerships help budget airlines expand destinations, go long-haul

European budget airline easyJet has formed partnerships with two other airlines to do what larger airlines have easily done for many years – allow passengers to book an entire journey from its website involving more than one airline. It might not seem like much of a big deal to the average flyer but... Read more

Safety on the Slopes

Skiing and snowboarding are fantastic fun and great exercise but safety precautions are paramount whether you're a seasoned professional or a beginner. We've put together some safety tips that will hopefully help your winter holiday be the thrilling experience you hoped for. Be aware of all mount... Read more

Take care of your mental health when you travel

Last Friday was World Mental Health Awareness Day - and even though travelling is supposed to be a time of rest and relaxation, sometimes, that isn't the case. Life doesn't stop when you're abroad - bereavements, relationship breakdowns and money worries can contribute to stresses and strains, and ... Read more

The FCO's essential checklist for a romantic break away

If you're going away this weekend, have a wonderful time - but don't forget to give this handy checklist a quick once-over before you leave. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has come up with some handy hints and tips for lovers jetting off for a romantic weekend - so here's how to ensure your b... 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 o... Read more

5 essential first aid tips you should know before going on holiday

Holidays are a time for rest and relaxation, but would you know what to do if something went wrong? Here are five key pieces of advice that you should know before you leave for your summer holidays; make sure that you're familiar with them. They could end up saving a life. 1. Know how to call an amb... Read more

Does volunteering do more harm than good?

Volunteering is, as a rule, supposed to be a beneficial act. You’re dedicating your time and expertise to people that may have less than you, helping to build communities and strengthen bonds between people. But is volunteering ever just a case of turning up, doing the job, leaving a positive legacy... Read more

The best places in London to get American-style ribs and BBQ

Ribs. Burritos. Burgers. Slaw. Is there any other food on the planet which can help to stave off winter's bitterness? If you're visiting London over the colder months (and, indeed, even if you're a resident), nothing beats barbecued meats. And we've found five of the best. Better get those napkins a... Read more

Advice for our customers who are currently in France, or planning on travelling to France

After the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, November 13, you may have some questions regarding travel to France and how you’re covered if you’re in the French capital. We would advise all travellers to heed the following guidelines: Travellers in France should remain vigilant and avoid public ... Read more

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