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20% of Britons fail to take out travel insurance

According to the 2011 ABTA Consumer Trends survey, nearly 20% of travellers and 37% of all trips taken in 2011 were uninsured, with Brits deciding that 56% of domestic holidays did not need any insurance protection. The survey also revealed that 26% of travellers in Europe believe the European Heal... Read more

Travel advice: Your insurance and the Brussels attacks

The airport and metro attacks in Brussels have caused widespread travel disruption. Eurostar services to Brussels have been suspended, and there are no flights to or from Brussels Airport. If you’re in Brussels and you want to know how your travel insurance can help you, we’ve answered some FAQs be... Read more

Advice concerning Low Cost Holidays

Holiday booking company Lowcosttravelgroup Ltd. (lowcostholidays.com, Hoteling.com, Lowcostbeds) has gone into administration. The company ceased trading on 15th July 2016. In statement on the Lowcosttravelgroup website the company says: "We deeply regret to announce that the lowcosttravelgroup cea... Read more

Be safe on the slopes

Columbus Direct is one of over 500 travel industry partners that supports of the FCO’s Know Before You Go campaign, whose aim is to help Brits to stay safe and healthy abroad. And with the ski season in full flow, the Know Before You Go team has sent us the results of a recent survey of winte... Read more

Advice for our customers who are currently in France, or planning on travelling to France

After the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, November 13, you may have some questions regarding travel to France and how you’re covered if you’re in the French capital. We would advise all travellers to heed the following guidelines: Travellers in France should remain vigilant and avoid public ... Read more

Travel warning: Strikes in Germany, India and Spain

People travelling to Germany, India and Spain are strongly recommended to check with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before setting off on their journey. Germany Strike action at Frankfurt Airport is expected to cause severe delays and cancellations until Thursday, 1st March, as up to quarte... Read more

Hurricane Leslie approaches Bermuda with powerful winds

Forecasters are warning that slow-moving tropical storm, Leslie, could pack powerful winds as it approaches the British territory. According to The Bermuda Weather Service, the storm trajectory will bring it within 20 to 40 miles of the island early morning on Sunday 9 September (FCO Travel Advice).... Read more

The top five places to escape to this January

Anyone out there sick of the cold weather already? If you’re looking forward to Christmas being over so you can jump on a plane and cheerfully wave farewell to this green and freezing land, fair enough. Here are some ideas for idyllic locations that’ll ensure you start 2015 in a state of beach-induc... Read more

LBGT couples urged to research honeymoon destinations

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is encouraging LGB&T couples going on honeymoons overseas to choose their destination with care after new research suggested that less than half of LGB&T people investigate whether an area is LGB&T-friendly when planning a honeymoon abroad.The survey... Read more

Tunisia attacks: What you need to know, and what your insurance covers

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have amended their advice to say that no travel should take place to Tunisia unless essential. Read their latest travel advice here. Currently tour operators are flying customers home, and cancelling further trips to Tunisia. Airlines are also engaged in b... Read more

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