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Ryanair bans booze on Ibiza flights to avoid drink-related problems

In a bid to cut down on booze-fuelled dramas, Ryanair has decided that duty-free alcohol is to be banned on all flights from the UK to Ibiza this summer. This means that if you're planning to purchase a large bottle of Stolli the minute that you're through security and take large, heroic swigs thro... Read more

Travellers urged to be vigilant to stop the spread of 'cruel tourist rides'

Tourists and travellers who spot cruelty to animals and do their best to make a difference need to be vigilant of a disturbing new trend. A report issued by World Animal Protection has revealed that he cruelty inflicted upon Asian elephants used for tourist rides and shows is now spreading througho... Read more

Eight unusual wine making regions around the world

Think wine and, most of us anyway, immediately think of the major wine producing countries such as France, Spain and Italy. Those who think of themselves as modern connoisseurs may think Australia, America and Chile. The fact is that there are very few countries who don't produce wine now, and they ... Read more

A Brief History of Insurance Throughout The Ages

Where did it all begin? Where did the practice of assessing risk begin, and why? We’ve taken a look at the history of protecting yourself and your loved ones against unforeseen circumstances, and how the world and financial markets have changed to accommodate ever-changing ideas of risk. The art ... Read more

Up and coming destinations for 2013

Up and coming destinations for 2013… We’re taking a look at the up and coming destinations that have set the travel industry abuzz for 2013 – get in before the tourist hoards for unspoilt beaches and a more authentic travel experience – you could bag a bargain too… Manmar British travellers have ... Read more

Travellers may be asked for credit card instead of EHIC card, warns EU Commission

Some Columbus Direct customers have experienced issues using EHIC cards in SpainLondon 31 May 2013 – A year ago this month, Columbus Direct warned British travellers that the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card may not be enough to cover their medical expenses if they fall ill in countries su... Read more

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

A hotel concierge reveals what he really thinks about his guests

Long hours, irate customers, lots of pressure and the occasional fistfight; what's it really like working in a hotel? We've been speaking to the concierge of a well-known London hotel, and he's revealed what it's really like to be the face - and brain - of a huge establishment. "Firstly, I'd like ... Read more

Insurance fraudster ordered to pay back thousands of pounds

A former City insurance employee who made six sham insurance claims to fund jaunts around the world has been handed a suspended jail term and ordered to repay tens of thousands of pounds to his victims at the Old Bailey. Jay Martin Solder, 28, had previously admitted making four fake travel insuran... Read more

Erratic unemployment figures show the need for income insurance

As the banking sector starts to recover and evaluate what happens next after HSBC announced their plans to cut 25,000 jobs last week, we've taken a look at redundancy in the UK - and where you're most likely to lose your job. Redundancies in the UK have fallen gradually since 2010 as the economy gr... Read more

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