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Columbus Direct wins ITIJ Intermediary of the year award

We are delighted to announce that Columbus has beaten Healix Insurance Services and AON to be named Intermediary of the Year at an awards ceremony in Barcelona hosted by the International Travel Insurance Journal (ITIJ). The annual ITIJ Awards recognise those providers in the travel insurance indus... Read more

New ash cloud travel cover stops travellers going volcanic

More up to date information on Ash Cloud worries for Holidaymakers (August 2014) can be found here.With the recent news of the Katla volcano in Iceland attracting scientist’s attention (with more than 500 tremors in and ... Read more

The stupidest reasons people have ever been thrown off planes

When you hear stories of people ejected from flights, you can't help but think the worst; knives, drunk and disorderly behaviour, swearing, biting. These eight unfortunate people were booted off flights - but did the cabin crew have their priorities straight? You decide. The enthused singer Let's ... Read more

Does volunteering do more harm than good?

Volunteering is, as a rule, supposed to be a beneficial act. You’re dedicating your time and expertise to people that may have less than you, helping to build communities and strengthen bonds between people. But is volunteering ever just a case of turning up, doing the job, leaving a positive legacy... Read more

Education experts call for term time fines to be abolished

Just when parents were getting used to the idea of a fine if they take their children out of school, education experts have urged headteachers to look at each absence on a case-by-case basis.Until last September, heads could grant up to 10 days' leave a year for family holidays in 'special circumsta... 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

Tune in to Barcelona in Summer 2012

With its sandy beaches and chilled out city culture, Barcelona makes for an ideal summer break. And with no Glastonbury this year, there’s no better time to head off, as it plays host to acts as diverse as Bob Dylan, Dizzee Rascal, De La Soul and The Horrors at Benicassim and Primavera Sound festiva... Read more

The ultimate holiday playlist

The importance of a holiday playlist has been drummed into us from an early age; remember all the advice in TV Hits about making compilation tapes before heading off on your holidays? Nothing's changed apart from the medium - these days we've swapped our beloved tapes for Spotify and iTunes - but t... Read more

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office reveals its silliest requests

Can you recommend a Scottish chef in Brussels who can make haggis? How do I adjust my antenna to receive English TV channels in Italy? Can you find me cheap flights to New Zealand? These are just some of the recent enquiries the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has received from around the world. ... Read more

7 little-known facts about Mexico

Say 'Mexico' to anyone, and they’ll probably think of the Day of the Dead festival, heaps of burritos and the kind of steamy temperatures that’ll melt an ice lolly quicker than you can say ‘My, that’s warm.’ It’s an ideal holiday destination for December and January - right now the temperature’s ho... Read more

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