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How to make the most of two weeks in Asia

The Asian Trail starts in Thailand, and slowly snakes its way up to Laos, passing through Vietnam and the temples of Angkor Wat before finally going back to Thailand, where people go to party in the Thai islands to the south and then move on to Singapore and Malaysia. The biggest crowds come to the... Read more

Top spots for some winter sun

The best thing for getting through the British winter, arguably, is getting away from it for a week or so. Even the driving rain doesn't seem so bad when you know you've got a half-packed suitcase at home containing suntan lotion, flip flops and a beach towel. If that sounds like a good plan, then ... Read more

Staff Picks for winter sun getaways

Here at Columbus HQ we love to travel, so if you need some inspiration for a winter sun destination for 2014, why not take a look at our staff picks for winter warmers from the tropical shores of Thailand to the Vegas strip…it'll have you thinking of warm white sand between your toes in no time. Li... Read more

Top unexplored parts of the world Part 2

Following on from our first list of great unexplored places on earth, here are another 6 that will make you either want to rush off and explore them yourselves or find out a bit more about them online. The latter is highly recommended. The next 6 in our list cover all areas of the globe and vary gre... Read more

World Malaria Day: What is it, and how can you avoid catching it?

Here's the lowdown on the killer disease that around 2,000 UK travellers contract every year. What is malaria? Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes; it can be fatal if not caught and treated in time. Those infected are dealing with a parasite in their blood; an intermittent f... Read more

Cyclone Evan leaves trail of destruction in Fiji

The biggest cyclone to hit Fiji in 20 years has caused havoc after battering the Pacific nation with winds topping 200km/h (125 mph). Thousands of people hid in evacuation centres when the category-four storm hit on Monday, wrecking homes, cutting power and causing flash floods. The cyclone has si... Read more

Guide to Snowboxx 2016 for skiers and snowboarders

There's no denying it; Snowboxx is the last word in ski and snowboarding chic. What’s the story? Now in its fourth year, Snowboxx has pulled out all the stops; this year revellers can expect a brand new festival village, ultra-secret mountain parties, pool parties with a tropical theme, and park c... Read more

200 killed as a result of heavy monsoon rains in Thailand

A culmination of two months of heavy monsoon rain has claimed the lives of over 200 people in Thailand. Since mid-July heavy rains have now affected 58 of Thailand’s 78 provinces – 25 being badly hit. Farmers land has been submerged and rivers at breaking point, with more heavy rains forecast from... Read more

Hurricane Leslie approaches Bermuda with powerful winds

Forecasters are warning that slow-moving tropical storm, Leslie, could pack powerful winds as it approaches the British territory. According to The Bermuda Weather Service, the storm trajectory will bring it within 20 to 40 miles of the island early morning on Sunday 9 September (FCO Travel Advice).... 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 ... Read more

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