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Can you spot the three ‘fake’ US federal laws?

We love the US. It’s a friendly, welcoming country which has a huge amount to offer - and there’s so much to explore. The country which brought us Route 66 and some of the best pizzas on earth is also home to a few funny federal laws. So, we thought we’d list some and see if you can spot the ones w... Read more

Catching British nationals out abroad

FCO encourages people to be better prepared by researching the local laws and customs of their holiday destination before travel. Every year British nationals risk getting caught out by local laws and customs when travelling overseas.  From driving a dirty car in Russia, to wearing camouflage cloth... Read more

Know before you go

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

Holidaying Brits choose to avoid going away with their families

Behold - it is the summertime; typically, a time when families head abroad together for a week of fun in the sun. However, it's clear that not everyone is intent on playing happy families; a new study commissioned by Momondo which interviewed 1,000 Brits has found that just 3% preferred to travel w... Read more

What’s it like to work as a chalet host with your partner?

When winter sports fans Helen and Tom decided to work a winter season in France, they had no idea what to expect. After packing up their lives in the UK and moving to Chatel, they worked as chalet hosts from December 2013 - April 2014. The pair ran a catered chalet which slept up to 12 people; they ... Read more

Top 5 Football Injuries and The Cost for Treatment in Brazil

With Brits buying over 38,000 tickets to the World Cup, it is expected that thousands will be jetting off to sunny Brazil this June. Kick-off is just a few weeks away so leading travel insurance specialist, Columbus Direct, has looked at the top football injuries and how much it would cost for treat... 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

Insure your pet can come on holiday

Almost half of UK households own a pet and, with the summer holiday season approaching, many will be considering taking their dog or cat away with them. According to recent research by a pet retailer*, one quarter of UK adult pet owners are prepared to pay the same amount as an extra adult on holid... 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

Columbus Direct wins Best Direct Travel Insurance Provider - Your Money Direct Awards 2012

Columbus Direct has won the Best Direct Travel Insurance Provider 2012 – awarded by Your Money Direct Awards. Now in their Fifteenth year, the Your Money Awards are the longest standing and most highly coveted awards in the industry. The objective the awards scheme is to reward the providers of fin... Read more

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