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Get a helping hand on your holidays from our health partner, Babylon Health

So you’ve booked your holiday and started counting down the days until you travel. You’ve packed your bag and purchased those little essentials. More than likely, you’re travelling for some time to relax and enjoy yourself at your chosen destination, but you don’t ever imagine falling ill or getting... Read more

Take care of your mental health when you travel

Last Friday was World Mental Health Awareness Day - and even though travelling is supposed to be a time of rest and relaxation, sometimes, that isn't the case. Life doesn't stop when you're abroad - bereavements, relationship breakdowns and money worries can contribute to stresses and strains, and ... Read more

How skiing can benefit your health

Can’t think of anything worse than being out in the cold? Is your favourite part of the annual ski holiday the food and drink on offer in those mountain top bars that serve up amazing views? That’s fair enough – but actually getting out on the slope for a couple of hours a day can really benefit you... Read more

Ten facts about sunburn you need to be aware of

Sunburn is often an unpleasant side-effect of jetting off somewhere warm. You arrive at your destination feeling happy, and ready to go. The pool's there, you've had your first Fanta Lemon, and you can't wait to stretch out in the sun.  However, it's vital that you don't forget your suncream - and... Read more

Why you still need an EHIC post-Brexit

Our latest research shows that 1.8 million people have let their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) expire since the last Brexit date (March 2019)*, leaving themselves unprotected if they travel to Europe in the coming months. A recent survey of Columbus Direct customers found that 74% of people... Read more

Sunburned Brits urged to take care during Sun Awareness Week

It's Sun Awareness Week, and a new study of 1,000 British adults has shown that Brits aren't taking sun safety as seriously as they should. A new study conducted by the British Association of Dermatologists has revealed that nearly three out of four Britons suffered sunburn last year, doubling thei... Read more

Zika virus and your policy: What you need to know

PLEASE NOTE: INFORMATION ONLY APPLIES TO UK POLICIES. The outbreak of the Zika virus has led to many passengers feeling unsure about travelling. The infection, which is spread by mosquito bites, causes symptoms including mild fever, conjunctivitis and headaches. It has already been found in 21 cou... Read more

Columbus Wins ITIJ Award Second Year Running

We’re happy to announce that Columbus Direct Insurance won Intermediary of the Year for a second year at the ITIJ Awards. The International Travel and Health Insurance Journal (ITIJ) Awards were held this month and whether you’re an insurer, claims handler, air ambulance operator, or medical provid... Read more

3 hidden benefits of learning how to snowboard

Snowboarding is incredibly popular across the globe, with millions of people heading out every year to enjoy a day or so on the slopes. Johnny Wallbridge, snowboarding expert and owner of specialist clothing store YakWax, tells us about his experiences - and how snowboarding can benefit you in more... Read more

Is there a way of truly beating jet lag?

We love to travel, and you do too - and let's face it, we've all been bitten by jet lag in the past. It's a touchy subject; a million internet forums advise ways to beat the dreaded fatigue and illness that can hit days after you land, and we've tried to shed some light on how you can prevent feeli... Read more

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