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Holiday insurance and extreme sports: What do you need to know?

Adventure holidays are all about exploring new and thrilling ways to have fun. You might want to try scuba diving, jet-skiing, deep-sea fishing or zorbing – the excitement’s yours for the taking. The only limit is your imagination! We believe that you should be able to get out there and make the mo... Read more

What does your luggage say about you?

Whenever we travel, most of us like to take a few steps to give our fellow holidaymakers a favourable impression of the Brit Abroad: buying new clothes, learning some key local phrases, dropping a few pounds or keeping the kids in check. No one wants to be that family or couple that everyone steers ... Read more

Chemmy Alcott: Ten things that nobody ever tells you before you have a skiing career

Ever considered becoming a professional skier? We can see the appeal - there’s bucketloads of glamour, a life spent outdoors avoiding a desk job, and, of course, getting paid to do what you love. However, if you haven’t got a mind and body of, well, steel, you may want to reconsider. Professional... Read more

Ten unusual Easter traditions from around the world

With Easter weekend fast approaching, millions of us are planning to leave the UK to enjoy a quick break. We've given Easter a bit of thought recently, and we've come to the conclusion that it's not all bunnies and chocolate. Traditions around the world vary wildly from country to country; here are... 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

Five things you’ve always wanted to know about America – but were too afraid to ask

It’s easy to remember we’re in a position of power when we spot gaps in Americans’ knowledge of the UK. “Oh, how droll,” we chuckle, when news reports refer to ‘London, England’. We cast pitying glances when we spot them struggling with negotiating their way around Heathrow. We watch films like Ind... Read more

Be safe on the slopes

Columbus Direct is one of over 500 travel industry partners that supports of the FCO’s Know Before You Go campaign, whose aim is to help Brits to stay safe and healthy abroad. And with the ski season in full flow, the Know Before You Go team has sent us the results of a recent survey of winte... Read more

Ten facts about sunburn you need to be aware of

Sunburn is often an unpleasant side-effect of jetting off somewhere warm. You arrive at your destination feeling happy, and ready to go. The pool's there, you've had your first Fanta Lemon, and you can't wait to stretch out in the sun.  However, it's vital that you don't forget your suncream - and... Read more

Winter sports holiday insurance: Your questions answered

Winter sports are less of a hobby, and more of a glorious obsession. The satisfying sound of clicking into your skis, the way the piste feels when it’s soft and crunchy underfoot. When else can you enjoy a lunchtime beer overlooking the mountains, and wallow in a steaming hot tub at the end of the d... Read more

Travelling with pre-existing conditions: What do you need to know?

Travelling with a condition shouldn’t stop you from seeing the sights. Why should you miss out on France’s vineyards, shopping in Berlin, or seeing the majestic Taj Mahal? You have the chance to enjoy everything that the world has to offer, and feeling confident and secure is a huge part of being ab... Read more

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