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How to spot a Brit abroad

Red, loud, rude, crude and forever arguing with reception staff - and that's just the kids. While we can honestly say that we love this country and the people in it, there's something about Brits abroad that has us cringing in our seats the minute we leave the taxi and wheel our suitcases into Arriv... Read more

Four easy tips to help you move abroad

Lots of Brits find the idea of moving to a foreign country incredibly exciting. The prospect of experiencing life in an exotic new place can be extremely tempting. According to estimates from 2015, between 4.5 and 5.5 million UK citizens have moved abroad – that’s 7-8% of the country’s total popula... Read more

Brit tourist charged thousands for downloading data abroad

When Patricia Al accidentally downloaded two episodes of My Family when on holiday in Turkey, the only thing she should have worried about was wasting an hour of her life watching the dullest sitcom ever made. However, she was in for a shock when she returned to the UK, as she discovered that she'd... Read more

The six weirdest ways to get married abroad

Thinking about getting married abroad? With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many couples out there are probably getting ready to make the ultimate commitment and get engaged.  We’ve listed our top six most unusual weddings - our favourite one is The Nightmare Before Christmas-themed nuptial... Read more

How to organise a stress-free wedding abroad

Getting married is stressful. On this we can all agree. Did you know that at Columbus Direct we offer you comprehensive family travel insurance, to ensure that you get the very best cover for your loved ones? From managing a tricky guestlist ('But Aunt Helen's got to come!') to buying the right dr... Read more

Catching British nationals out abroad

FCO encourages people to be better prepared by researching the local laws and customs of their holiday destination before travel. Every year British nationals risk getting caught out by local laws and customs when travelling overseas.  From driving a dirty car in Russia, to wearing camouflage cloth... Read more

Moving abroad? Make sure that you learn about your destination

If you're considering moving abroad for a new life, this applies to you. A life abroad spent toasting early retirement on the beach might sound heavenly, but there's so much you should consider before you move abroad. Will your pension be able to support you, and will your savings be enough? Will y... Read more

New warnings issued for motorists hiring cars abroad

If you're going abroad after June 8 and you'd like to hire a car, you may need a special code if you'd like to get behind the wheel. After June 8, the paper part of your licence - the bit that holds endorsements and fines - is being computerised, and in order to show other countries that you've got... Read more

How can tourists help stray cats abroad?

If you’re heading somewhere hot this year, there’s a good chance that your hotel, apartment or villa will have a local cat - maybe even a handful. And if you’re an animal lover, you’ll quickly become attached. You’ll feed them every day, pet them, and leave out water. You may even consider bringing ... Read more

How to drive safely abroad

Even if you're an experienced driver, the thought of hiring a car and driving abroad can be a bit scary. Things change. The side of the road you drive on, how you negotiate roundabouts, and even where you're sat in the car; it's no wonder some people are apprehensive before they set off. However, t... Read more

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