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Can you spot the three ‘fake’ US federal laws?

We love the US. It’s a friendly, welcoming country which has a huge amount to offer - and there’s so much to explore. The country which brought us Route 66 and some of the best pizzas on earth is also home to a few funny federal laws. So, we thought we’d list some and see if you can spot the ones w... Read more

Catching British nationals out abroad

FCO encourages people to be better prepared by researching the local laws and customs of their holiday destination before travel. Every year British nationals risk getting caught out by local laws and customs when travelling overseas.  From driving a dirty car in Russia, to wearing camouflage cloth... Read more

Know before you go

In June this year, 28 British and Irish holidaymakers enjoying a night at a Brit-owned bar in Portugal were arrested for playing bingo – in line with the country’s strict laws on unlicensed gambling.  Even though they were playing for the prize of biscuits and drinks rather than cash prizes, the l... Read more

Holidaying Brits choose to avoid going away with their families

Behold - it is the summertime; typically, a time when families head abroad together for a week of fun in the sun. However, it's clear that not everyone is intent on playing happy families; a new study commissioned by Momondo which interviewed 1,000 Brits has found that just 3% preferred to travel w... Read more

What’s it like to work as a chalet host with your partner?

When winter sports fans Helen and Tom decided to work a winter season in France, they had no idea what to expect. After packing up their lives in the UK and moving to Chatel, they worked as chalet hosts from December 2013 - April 2014. The pair ran a catered chalet which slept up to 12 people; they ... 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

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

Ski Safety with Chemmy Alcott

Our favourite Winter Olympian, Chemmy Alcott, said in our last post how her passion pushes her to go up against the dangers involved in Alpine Skiing, and she’s been up against plenty of obstacles, including another leg break recently in late August. “Despite having broken my leg 164 days out from t... Read more

Business Travel Conference 2014 FCm Travel Solutions

As many businesses continue to expand globally, reaching out to meet the new rising middle classes now with internet access, business travel can end up being a regular workout. Flying frequently limbers you up; you want to be simultaneously comfortable and effective, organise travel arrangements tha... Read more

Columbus Wins Best Online Travel Insurance Provider 2014 award

We are proud to announce that Columbus Direct has won a prestigious Your Money award – Best Online Travel Insurance Provider 2014. This is the second time we have won the award, the last time being in 2012. Now in their 17th year, the Your Money Awards are the longest standing awards in the industry... Read more

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