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The best holiday insurance for families: What you need to know

Going away as a family is the last word in relaxation; you’re all together, doing what you love, and enjoying some quality time. It’s a time of year you can all look forward to - ice cream, sandcastles and the sea are waiting for you. Maybe a friendly dolphin will pop by to say hello? Well, you neve... Read more

Family-Friendly Holiday Destinations In Europe: What To Consider

Travelling overseas for a family holiday in Europe can be hard work. Toddlers and young children can be especially difficult because they have shorter attention spans, get restless during travel times and have a tendency to wander off.  When choosing the best family holiday destination in Europe, t... Read more

Insure your pet can come on holiday

Almost half of UK households own a pet and, with the summer holiday season approaching, many will be considering taking their dog or cat away with them. According to recent research by a pet retailer*, one quarter of UK adult pet owners are prepared to pay the same amount as an extra adult on holid... Read more

How to avoid holiday rip offs

Hands up if you've ever fallen foul of hidden costs? Us too. From airline check-in charges and baggage fees to the exorbitant cost of hotel Wi-Fi, it’s easy to be held to ransom over hidden costs on holiday. The extras all add up, so it’s worth being aware of some of the pitfalls. Major high stree... Read more

Five tips for keeping the kids calm on holiday

"Are we there yet?" "But I don't want to go!" "I feel sick..."Ah, the joys of taking the little ones on holiday, eh? You've saved up all year for this holiday, paying the hiked up out-of-term-time fares through gritted teeth, yet the kids are not sharing your enthusiasm.We asked the nation's parents... Read more

Dealing with one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year

The summer holidays are in full swing and as we approach the tail-end of July and August, you and the kids may well be flocking to your nearest airport to head abroad for a week or two.ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) estimates that 2 million UK travellers will head overseas on the last w... Read more

Why you need life insurance

If you think that you can forego life insurance, think again.It's true that it has a few other functions - for instance, protecting key employees in businesses and paying potential estate taxes. However, most people will buy it to protect their loved ones in case something happens to them.It's a mor... Read more

Six reasons why life insurance is a better gift than an Xbox

OK, OK - you're a bit confused by the title. Fair enough. We're being serious, though. A life insurance policy is a valuable asset, and although it's not necessarily as fun as an Xbox, it's a gift that'll take care of your favourite people if the worst should happen. If you're thinking about treati... Read more

The ten types of people you'll meet on your travels

From the secretly-hateful couple to the elderly pair who spend all day in the bar knocking back cocktails, the average holiday features ten types of people you'll be very familiar with. We've compiled a list of them here; it's by no means exhaustive, but it's a good start. The couple on their honey... 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

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