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The IATA formalises rescue fares to help stranded passengers

Have you ever been stranded because your airline collapsed? If so, here's some good news to round of the week - members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have agreed to offer discount 'rescue' fares to travellers who are unable to travel because their airline has gone out of bus... Read more

Search & Rescue Infographic

If you suffer an injury on the slopes you may need to be airlifted to the local hospital and, in cases of serious injury, you may need to be repatriated home. The cost of repatriation will always be at your expense, fortunately travel insurance is there to pick up this bill. Repatriation cover co... Read more

Columbus to the rescue! Two customers tell us how we saved the day

As you know, we’re in the business of taking care of you and your family if something goes awry when you’re abroad. And we’re good at it. We’ve been protecting travellers since 1988, and we’ve made sure that you can have access to the support and cover you need while you’re travelling. However, don... Read more

Columbus Direct backs Swiss ski resort which has banned Saint Bernard selfies

We're delighted to hear that the ski resort of Zermatt in Switzerland is in the process of banning tourists taking pictures with Saint Bernards. These snaps have always been a must-have souvenir in Zermatt, but the Swiss Animal Protection Agency has recently raised concerns that former search and r... Read more

The Dark Adrenaline Winter Sports Playlist 2015 - 2016

Whether you're a pop fan (we're not judging you) or you prefer something with a slightly harder edge, we thought some of you could do with a new playlist for your winter holiday.  So, we approached Dark Adrenaline and asked them about their favourite songs to ski and snowboard to. They were only to... Read more

The top 20 resorts for worldwide skiing injuries

With the ski season in full swing and February half term approaching, we've developed an interactive fracture map showing the ski resorts which have the most accidents resulting in bone fractures. We've taken a look at ski resorts worldwide and mapped out where the most injuries take place. How, yo... Read more

Flooding in the Indian states of Assam and Sikkim

Heavy rains in North East India have wreaked havoc in the states of Assam and Sikkim.  At least 21 people have been killed by the landslides and flooding caused by the torrential downpour. Five people are reported to have lost their lives in Assam where as thousands are thought to be stranded. 16 ... Read more

Turkey Earthquake: Update

At least seven people have been killed in an earthquake in Turkey less than three weeks after a massive tremor devastated the city and killed more than 600 The quake in the eastern province of Van has reportedly demolished another 25 buildings that had been damaged in last month's incident, includi... Read more

Help conservation groups save the slow loris this summer

With their huge eyes and soft fur, there is no doubt that the slow loris is an incredibly sweet-looking animal. This cuteness, however, has led them to fall victim to unimaginable cruelties as they become increasingly popular as pets - and the boom in cheap worldwide travel has made them unwilling ... 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

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