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In June this year, 28 British and Irish holidaymakers enjoying a night at a Brit-owned bar in Portugal were arrested for playing bingo – in line with the country’s strict laws on unlicensed gambling.  Even though they were playing for the prize of biscuits and drinks rather than cash prizes, the l... Read more

Holiday to-do list: 10 questions to ask yourself before you fly

Preparing for a holiday can be exciting, but it’s also vital that you focus on the task at hand and make sure you’re totally prepared for your trip. Here’s a useful guide to tying up and loose ends before you go - from holiday insurance to packing like a pro, here are ten things you need to know. 1.... Read more

7 things you need to know before you explore Albania

European breaks are great fun – but if you’re after adventure and a bit of a challenge, give Albania a go. It’s a country which will offer visitors all kids of surprises. Exciting, friendly, and definitely one for adventure-seekers, it’s one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. If you’re all about discove... Read more

10 things you need to know before learning to ski

Despite the ski season starting in December, according to Google*, January is the month when the most people look for information around learning to ski. To help beginners get a handle on what to expect from their first holiday, Paul Deadman, ski expert at Neilson Holidays, shares ten things you ne... Read more

Student travel insurance: What you need to know before you leave

You’re off on holiday! Excellent news. You don’t need us to tell you that you’re going to have a fantastic time. The world is yours for the taking, and travel’s a great way to relax while you study. The trip’s bound to be fun, inspiring, and hugely exciting – especially if it’s your first time away.... Read more

Holiday insurance: What all couples should know before they fly away

Going away with your partner is a chance to relax, forget about work and enjoy some much-needed quality time. You’re probably already imagining swimming in the sea, eating out, and lazy mornings by the pool! It’s your chance to unwind, and focus on soaking up the sun and enjoying a glass or two of l... Read more

Do you really know what your insurance covers?

It's all very well buying travel insurance - but if you don't know what it covers, you could be in trouble. We've been working with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to remind our customers of the importance of keeping up to date with travel advice and understanding what their travel insu... Read more

Greece is the word! Easy Greek phrases to know before you go

Heading to Greece this summer? If the language is all Greek to you (sorry), you’ll love our guide to the top phrases you can learn. You’ll be able to greet locals, order easily in restaurants, say please and thank you, and ask for directions. Oh, and you’ll look incredibly cultured and sophisticated... Read more

20 things that Brits don't know about Aussies

Us Brits like to think we know our Aussie counterparts well - but we've spoken to a few Antipodeans who have lived or worked with Brits Down Under, and it seems we're not quite as switched on as we'd make out. Here is some advice for Brits heading to Australia for the first time - ignore these hints... Read more

What you need to know about Ebola and travel

Please note: If you've got any questions about your travel insurance and how Ebola might affect your journey, tweet us @Columbus_Direct with your questions.Passengers arriving in the UK from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will have their temperatures tested for suspected Ebola at Heathrow terminal... Read more

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