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The ultimate winter sports guide to Transition festival

What do I need to know? Even though this is an event born from Snowbombing’s success, Transition has developed its own individual vibe. From humble beginnings it’s done well, as it’s known for drawing in crowds of up to 3,000 people, who just want to enjoy a beer, ski all day, and dance until dawn.... Read more

Insuring Star Trek’s Captain Kirk

To celebrate the launch of our brand new Star Trek competition (fancy winning a four-night break in Florida, anyone?), we decided to take a closer look at the Enterprise’s intergalactic travel plans. Put simply, how we could tailor our insurance to protect Captain Kirk from all manner of interspace... Read more

Halloween around the World

Whether you’re trick or treating, carving pumpkins, lighting bonfires or bobbing for apples this Halloween, in many other parts of the world you will find church services and lighting candles on graves. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up what you could expect to see taking place around the world, i... Read more

Mardis Gras: The name alone screams “celebration”

The actual translation of Mardi Gras is “Fat Tuesday” and it takes its name from the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, marking the start of the Western Christianity observation of Lent. The weeks leading up to Easter Sunday are a time of sacrifice and reflection so the Tuesday before it all begins has g... Read more

Why you should travel to America for the best Halloween experience

Each year, many countries around the world celebrate Halloween on 31st October by dressing in scary costumes and knocking on doors to receive sweets. The annual tradition has become a particularly popular part of American culture, with many films and TV shows taking influence from the holiday. Whil... Read more

The strangest insurance requests from the archives

We've been trawling through the archives (as you do - at the time of writing, it was a Thursday afternoon), and we've found these gems from 2006. Columbus have been providing travel insurance since 1988, and cover around one million customers a year, so it’s not surprising that over the years that ... Read more

Ten Famous Landmarks – You’ve (probably) Never Heard Of

Some of you will look at this title and immediately think it is a contradiction of terms. After all, the definition of the word famous is ‘known by many’. However, these are landmarks known by many who live next to them or in the same area; just their fame hasn't stretched much further. With that in... Read more

Nutrition and exercise: How the right post-workout foods can help athletes succeed

Getting through the Arctic Circle Race and improving athletic performance starts with post-workout nutrition. Tackling freezing temperatures and arduous terrain will be tough for The Arctic V, and they should be putting plenty of thought into their food and drink. The post-activity (workout, pra... Read more

And they're off! The Arctic V begin the race of their lives in Greenland

We're delighted to announce that Chemmy Alcott and The Arctic V have made it to Greenland safely - and today's the first day of The Arctic Circle Race; the challenge they've trained so hard for. Over the next few days, the group will cover 160km (that's over the distance of a marathon a day), and... Read more

Get fit for the slopes with Chemmy Alcott and make the most of the early ski season

The ski season has started, and resorts all over Europe are awaiting their yearly influx of ski enthusiasts. Tempted to take off? Get ready for the slopes in no time by using our Brand Ambassador Chemmy Alcott's set of tried and tested exercises. They're especially good if you'd like to dedicate th... Read more

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