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London to Amsterdam in a flash with Eurostar

In times gone by, your only option to visit the sand dunes and windmills in The Netherlands from the UK, was by air or boat. But now, Eurostar1 are throwing their hat in to the ring with the announcement of twice-daily trains between London St. Pancras International and Amsterdam. The cross-channel... Read more

Council benefits officer jailed for £88k travel insurance fraud

A council benefits officer who lied to insurers 28 times, claiming poor health meant he’d had to cancel his holiday, was jailed for two years last week at Leicester Crown Court. Between 2007 and 2011, Umesh Gordhan took out travel insurance policies that covered holiday cancellations with multiple ... Read more

Travellers may be asked for credit card instead of EHIC card, warns EU Commission

Some Columbus Direct customers have experienced issues using EHIC cards in SpainLondon 31 May 2013 – A year ago this month, Columbus Direct warned British travellers that the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card may not be enough to cover their medical expenses if they fall ill in countries su... Read more

Travel vaccinations - are you prepared?

Going on holiday is an exciting event, but it necessitates a lot of advance planning. First there's booking the time off work, then you'll need to locate the passports. Next, there's arranging airport transfers, getting medical travel insurance and buying your holiday essentials. That's not to menti... 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

The best things to do in Berlin this spring

It's only a 90 minute flight away, and it's a much-loved destination for honeymooners, backpackers, grey gappers and everyone in between. The 'sexy but poor' city of Berlin has to be seen to be believed; if you're heading there this spring, here are the best attractions to take it. Brandenburger To... Read more

New Summer Holiday Destinations

Airlines worldwide have begun to release their new routes for summer 2018, with some increasing the amount of flights they offer, and most offering a new route altogether. You may have begun to think about doing some research on where your summer holiday will take you, so we’ve done some of the dig... Read more

The in-flight films no airline should ever show

There's some in-flight entertainment that nobody should have to sit through. Repeat offenders include Ice Age (please don't try and defend it by referencing the squirrel and the nut, that argument carries absolutely no water), the desperately unfunny Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and, for some obscure ... Read more

The best places in London to get American-style ribs and BBQ

Ribs. Burritos. Burgers. Slaw. Is there any other food on the planet which can help to stave off winter's bitterness? If you're visiting London over the colder months (and, indeed, even if you're a resident), nothing beats barbecued meats. And we've found five of the best. Better get those napkins ... Read more

Columbus to the rescue! Two customers tell us how we saved the day

As you know, we’re in the business of taking care of you and your family if something goes awry when you’re abroad. And we’re good at it. We’ve been protecting travellers since 1988, and we’ve made sure that you can have access to the support and cover you need while you’re travelling. However, don... Read more

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