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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

Five amazing travel gadgets you'll need this summer

We love a travel gadget - whether they make your trip run more smoothly is debatable, but they look good and they often help you make new friends, which can never be a bad thing. Here are our top five picks or this summer. Wikitude – Android, Apple iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, Symbian and oth... Read more

Columbus nominated as Best Travel Insurance Provider

At a time when the financial sector is under the spotlight perhaps more than ever before, the Consumer Moneyfacts Awards showcase the very best financial sector products available to the public. The awards are a combination of honest customer feedback and an assessment of the products technical mer... Read more

How will the Greek financial crisis affect your holiday and travel insurance?

**Please note - the FCO no longer advise taking euros in cash to cover the entire duration of your stay; however there are still restrictions on some banking services in Greece. Click here for more information.** The troubling events in Greece have prompted many holidaymakers to worry about their u... 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

Columbus Direct travel insurance kiosks launched at Gatwick Airport

If you’re heading away on your holidays soon and you’re flying from Gatwick’s South Terminal, you may spot a familiar face as you wait for your flight. For the next three months, Columbus Direct will be selling travel insurance from new kiosks in the airport’s main atrium - so if you've forgotten t... Read more

The FCO reveals why you should always take out travel insurance

What exactly can you expect if you go on holiday without any travel insurance? You're effectively playing a game of chance. Yes, there's every likelihood that you'll be fine, and you'll come home unscathed. But what if the worst happens? You could face issues getting home due to missed flights, cr... Read more

Brit tourist unable to be repatriated due to invalid travel insurance

The body of a 59-year-old father of six who died suddenly on holiday is ‘stuck’ in Spain, as his travel insurance has been deemed invalid.Thomas Owens was insured by StaySure, but the company are apparently refusing to repatriate his body as he failed to disclose he had a heart condition when bookin... Read more

Travel insurance ad aims to scare people into buying cover

A new advert has been launched in Australia that aims to 'frighten people' into buying travel insurance. Backed by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, in association with the Choice Guide to Travel Insurance, the unusual ad chooses to personify the 'risk' uninsured people face as a large, int... Read more

Council benefits officer jailed for £88k travel insurance fraud

A council benefits officer who lied to insurers 28 times, claiming poor health meant he’d had to cancel his holiday, was jailed for two years last week at Leicester Crown Court. Between 2007 and 2011, Umesh Gordhan took out travel insurance policies that covered holiday cancellations with multiple ... Read more

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