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A Brief History of Insurance Throughout The Ages

Where did it all begin? Where did the practice of assessing risk begin, and why? We’ve taken a look at the history of protecting yourself and your loved ones against unforeseen circumstances, and how the world and financial markets have changed to accommodate ever-changing ideas of risk. The art of ... Read more

What exactly is Boxing Day?

It’s a question you may have unanswered, one that may not be overly important but it’s certainly steeped in history. You may have been told that Boxing Day gets its name from discarding the boxes from your Christmas gifts the next day, a boxer’s favourite day of the year or boxing up the wrapping pa... Read more

Digging deep: The ten best cemeteries around the world

You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you dance with the reaper. Well, that’s what Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey taught us - and what better way to remember your mortality than while you're on holiday? We’ve compiled a list of the best and most awe-inspiring cemeteries... 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

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

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

Discover hidden Cuba with our handy guide

Have you been to Cuba? It’s one of April’s top holiday destinations, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s gorgeous to look at, yet unmistakably worn down by the years. It’s not glossy, but it’s managed to maintain an air of subtle glamour. It’s where you’ll have the best fun of your life - but you’ve ... Read more

What you need to know about Ebola and travel

Please note: If you've got any questions about your travel insurance and how Ebola might affect your journey, tweet us @Columbus_Direct with your questions.Passengers arriving in the UK from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will have their temperatures tested for suspected Ebola at Heathrow terminal... Read more

Seismic activity increases as Bali prepares for possible volcano eruption

Highest volcano threat level activated as Mount Agung, Bali seismic activity remains high. Mount Agung, situated on the highest point in Bali, last erupted in 1963/64 which was considered one of the largest and most devastating in Indonesia’s history. It first erupted in February, with lava travelli... Read more

The 10 best LGBT destinations in Europe

If you're on the hunt for a brilliant LBGT destination in Europe, relax - we've found ten of the best. Amsterdam With a long-standing reputation as one of the world's most liberal cities, Amsterdam is a welcoming place for LGBT travellers, with a host of gay-friendly establishments just waiting to b... Read more

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