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New York shopping: What are the top spots?

Shopping trips have long been a staple vacation for ladies around the world and when it comes to ideal locations, New York City must be in the top five. Filled with a variety of budget, mid-range and designer outlets, it's a buyer's paradise and a firm favourite with die-hard shoppers. Make no mista... Read more

Nutrition and healing recipes for hardworking athletes

Post-workout food is hugely important; it allows the body to heal, helps you prepare for your next workout and replaces all the vitamins and minerals you’ve lost while you’ve been working out. Here are some recipes that’ll ensure The Arctic V recover quickly when they arrive home after the face. ... Read more

Crisis worsens in Thailand as flood waters near Bangkok

Britain’s Foreign Office yesterday (Wednesday 26th October) warned against all but essential travel to Bangkok after the worst flood crises for nearly 60 years is set to worsen. Run off water from Thailand’s flooded central plains is heading for the capital and mixed with seasonal high tides will m... Read more

Nepal crisis: How to help family and friends contact the FCO

The recent tragic earthquake in Nepal has impacted many people, including British citizens. If you, family or friends have Columbus Direct travel insurance, our assistance team are on hand to provide support if medical treatment is required. If you are due to travel to Nepal you should keep an eye ... Read more

Sharm el-Sheikh: What you need to know, and what your insurance covers

The UK government have advised against all but essential travel through Sharm el-Sheikh airport. Please note that the FCO still advise that the resort itself is still considered to be safe. Currently tour operators are flying customers home and cancelling further trips to Sharm el-Sheikh. Airline... Read more

Which are Chemmy's top 5 Jack Wolfskin products?

As well as being our brand ambassador, Chemmy Alcott’s got several other sponsors. She’s been working with the outdoor equipment provider Jack Wolfskin for several seasons now - this will be her third - and it’s no surprise that her devotion to the brand has grown over the years they’ve collaborated... Read more

Your travel insurance questions answered

Booking your holiday is always a great feeling. After all, it’s your world - enjoy it! From exploring a new city to lounging on the beach with a cocktail, your holidays are the best time of the year. We’ve covered the most frequently-asked questions about our travel insurance; from your first holid... Read more

Passenger reunited with luggage 20 years after losing it

Most of us would give up on lost luggage if a few weeks went by with no word - so imagine one passenger's surprise when she was reunited with her lost suitcase two decades later. Maria Dellos, an art shop owner from Arizona, was called by a Transportation Security Administration agent who told her ... Read more

Grab a bargain - not more than you bargained for

Do you know the real cost of having no insurance? As British nationals look to bag a European bargain break this year due to favourable exchange rates, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is urging holidaymakers to be better prepared for trips abroad. Travelling abroad uninsured can cost thousands... 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

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