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How could travel in Europe be affected by no deal Brexit or Boris Johnson’s deal?

The UK is set to leave the European Union at 23.00 GMT on 31 January 2020, whether it is with or without a deal. Boris Johnson has agreed a deal with the EU in principle, and it was backed by MPs in its first vote, but they then rejected the plan to fast-track the legislation. Boris Johnson’s lett... Read more

EHIC card may not cover Brits who fall ill in struggling euro countries

Columbus Direct has warned British travellers that the EHIC card may not be enough to cover the medical expenses if they fall ill in countries such as Greece and Spain, due to these countries' failing economies.With 26% of British travellers in Europe believing the European Health Insurance Card (EH... Read more

How will Brexit affect European travel?

On June 23, Britain will vote to decide whether or not we stay in the EU.  It's been a hotly-contested debate so far, with both parties claiming they know what's best for our economy, our jobs, our savings, and our laws. We decided to wade into the debate, and take a look at how leaving the Europe... Read more

The weird and wonderful world of European dating

We can all agree that dating is a minefield. If you're planning a trip around Europe and you've got your heart set on romancing a few locals, cool your jets - don't start batting your eyelashes until you've taken a look at this handy dating guide by MySingleFriend.com. It's generally accepted that... 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

Funny TripAdvisor reviews: Part 1

In terms of culture, art and beauty, we’re remarkably lucky to live in Europe. There’s so much to take in, and it’s just a short Eurostar or plane ride away. Who can forget their first time in Paris, or the trip they took to Rome as a university student, keen for amazing food and great nights out? ... Read more

Why you still need an EHIC post-Brexit

Our latest research shows that 1.8 million people have let their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) expire since the last Brexit date (March 2019)*, leaving themselves unprotected if they travel to Europe in the coming months. A recent survey of Columbus Direct customers found that 74% of people... Read more

Grab a bargain - not more than you bargained for

Do you know the real cost of having no insurance? As British nationals look to bag a European bargain break this year due to favourable exchange rates, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is urging holidaymakers to be better prepared for trips abroad. Travelling abroad uninsured can cost thousands... Read more

The FCO and ABI launches Travel Insurance Awareness campaign

Buying travel insurance can be tricky, especially if you have an existing medical condition. It's hard to know what to declare, and what can remain personal - and The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Association of British Insurers have decided to launch a campaign to provide clarity... 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

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