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A Brief History of Insurance Throughout The Ages

Where did it all begin? Where did the practice of assessing risk begin, and why? We’ve taken a look at the history of protecting yourself and your loved ones against unforeseen circumstances, and how the world and financial markets have changed to accommodate ever-changing ideas of risk. The art ... 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

The creepiest worldwide theme parks

There's a place where Thorpe Park meets Westworld and if you search a little harder, you can find entertainment dedicated to a rather well-known dictator of the former Soviet Union. You might think we're making this up; we're not. Here are a few of our favourite weird and wonderful theme park desti... Read more

Top three long weekend breaks for singles

Fed up with spending Easter gorging yourself on chocolate, watching the same old films trotted out every year? Of course you are. Why not make the most of this year's four-day weekend by packing a bag and jumping on a flight to somewhere new? You don't need a travelling companion; just book a bed, ... 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

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

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

12 Of the most unusual holidays in the world - Part 1

Yes, we all know Christmas, New Year and Easter aside, but are you aware of the weird and wonderful holidays that take place around the world each year? The majority of us celebrate the holidays above, which came about to celebrate a person or a significant time in history, but there are loads more... Read more

Strangest wine bars around the world

Wine drinkers are like no other kind of enthusiasts, as they embrace every aspect of the process which makes their beloved vino. They are familiar with the grape, where it is grown, the quality of the vineyards and the best vintages. Wine tourism is massive right now, and true aficionados have take... Read more

Eight unusual wine making regions around the world

Think wine and, most of us anyway, immediately think of the major wine producing countries such as France, Spain and Italy. Those who think of themselves as modern connoisseurs may think Australia, America and Chile. The fact is that there are very few countries who don't produce wine now, and they ... Read more

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