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Floods in Peru, Chile and Bolivia after heavy rain

10 February 2013 Last updated at 01:57 GMT Torrential rain trapped many cars and flooded hundreds of homes Torrential rain has been causing havoc along the Pacific coast side of South America, with flooding causing the deaths of at least six people in Peru. In the southern city of Arequipa, thous... Read more

16 of the most remote and beautiful places you can visit: Part 2

Welcome to the second part of our blog looking at the most remote and beautiful places on the planet. Some of these exotic locations seem to be places that time and progress simply forgot, or at the very least, they've been left behind. Much of their beauty comes from their isolation, and those who ... Read more

Sports and activities covered free with Columbus Direct

When we go away on holiday, most of us just want to be to be covered for a relaxing snorkel or a round of golf on our travel insurance. However, what if you're after a little bit more? We cover 150 sports and activities as standard, so if you're seeking a new challenge, we're the right insurer for y... 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 taken... Read more

The world's best zoos explored

For some, holidays are built around food and wine. For others, thrilling sports and outdoor adventures are the top priority (once they have their travel insurance sorted, of course). However, for a select few, seeing the local wildlife and visiting zoos is their main goal - and why not? After all, m... Read more

Mules are fools - Brits urged to consider the consequences of drug crimes

New advice from the FCO has hammered home the message that being a drugs mule is, well, utterly bonkers. Every year, Brits are putting themselves at risk of arrest or imprisonment for drug-related offending. There has been an increase in arrests over the past year, and the Foreign and Commonwealth O... Read more

How to travel like a hipster

Hipsters, whether you like it or not, are here to stay. And sometimes they'll even squander some of their hard-earned start-up cash on an easyJet ticket and leave the UK, much like the rest of us - although we'll admit that's pretty mainstream. If you want to spread your personal brand of cool aroun... Read more

Which countries should be on your bucket list?

If you’re new to travelling and you’d like to see the world, you’re probably wondering where to start first. We’ve asked some seasoned backpackers about their favourite holiday destinations, and why they love them so much; so, if you’re looking for ideas, here are the countries and places that they ... Read more

The five best pizza places in Chicago

The oldest clichés are always the best, and if you’ve got plans to visit Chicago, we can bet that you’ve already spent a fair amount of time mulling over where to find the best pizzas. Well, we’ve done the hard work for you, so whether you’re looking for something that’s lighter than air and big on ... Read more

The best holiday recipes to take home with you

Holiday food. Those two words are enough to have us yearning for lunch. Hands up if you've ever had your socks knocked off by a dish on holiday, and you think to yourself, 'Right, that's it. The second I get home. I'm recreating this.' But you never do. Time and memory let you down; and that's where... Read more

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