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Take care of your mental health when you travel

Last Friday was World Mental Health Awareness Day - and even though travelling is supposed to be a time of rest and relaxation, sometimes, that isn't the case. Life doesn't stop when you're abroad - bereavements, relationship breakdowns and money worries can contribute to stresses and strains, and ... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Foreign Travel Insurance: Caution and Common Sense for Holidays in Greece

Greece is listed as a top 10 destination for Brits to visit this year according to 2014 ABTA Travel Trends, and with cosmopolitan islands and great value for money, it’s as clear as the waters surrounding it why. From the dazzling cultural beauty of Spartan ruins to spectacular white sand beaches an... Read more

Delayed in a manger: Six travel insurance tips for Christmas from the Nativity Story

Overcrowded hotels, unsuitable transportation, marauding soldiers, a pregnant backpacker going into labour; we might think that Christmas travel chaos is a relatively new phenomenon, but a brief analysis of the Nativity Story reveals that all the signs were there 2,000 years ago. Just as the three ... Read more

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