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Ash Cloud worries for Holidaymakers

The aviation industry has today been warned about potential flight disruptions due to powerful seismic activity recorded at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano in the past three days. The Met Office recorded the earthquake as the strongest in the region since 1996 and upgraded the status to orange – the f... Read more

What you need to know about Ebola and travel

Please note: If you've got any questions about your travel insurance and how Ebola might affect your journey, tweet us @Columbus_Direct with your questions.Passengers arriving in the UK from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will have their temperatures tested for suspected Ebola at Heathrow terminal... Read more

Indonesia airport closures: Volcanic ash causes issues for three airports

Three airports in Indonesia, including Bali, have been closed until Saturday, after a volcanic eruption. Ash has been pouring from Mount Raung in East Java for nearly a week, which has caused airlines to worry about aircraft safety. Denpasar airport in Bali, a top destination for Australians, caus... Read more

Foreign Travel Insurance: Caution and Common Sense for Holidays in Greece

Greece is listed as a top 10 destination for Brits to visit this year according to 2014 ABTA Travel Trends, and with cosmopolitan islands and great value for money, it’s as clear as the waters surrounding it why. From the dazzling cultural beauty of Spartan ruins to spectacular white sand beaches an... Read more

How to stay safe when visiting 2015’s hottest destinations

Heading abroad this year? Make sure you read this first. We've taken a look at some of the potential risks associated with the top destinations for 2015, listed in ABTA’s latest Travel Trends Report. However, before we begin assessing the risks, what are the top travel destinations for 2015? Aust... Read more

Top tips to ensure you stay safe this festival season

Festival season's almost here - but the fun isn't just limited to the UK. There's so much going on in other countries - and we want to make sure you're always safe, and ready to have fun. We've put together some guidelines which cover the best practices for avoiding theft, injury and illness while ... Read more

16 simple things you can do to have a happy and safe festival

If you were all out of luck with Glastonbury tickets this year, or want to find a guaranteed mud-free experience, you might be thinking of heading to a festival abroad this summer. Why not? It’s a great idea and with cheap flights, not that much more expensive. Plenty of sunshine, potentially cheap... 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

The best films about holidays which went slightly awry

Packing for a trip at the moment? Good good; don't let us stop you. Here at Columbus Direct, obviously, we're massive fans of travel - but we can't resist a film where the trip takes a funny, surreal or downright dangerous turn. You may have guessed this by our fondness for Airplane!, which we stil... Read more

Cheaper to fly to New York than take the train to Brighton

The average cost of flying to a holiday destination abroad is 40% cheaper per mile than travelling by train to a UK holiday destination The average cost of flying abroad is 36p per mile, compared to 61p getting a train to a UK holiday destination The average cost per mile of hiring a car and usi... Read more

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