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New Zealand travel insurance: Here’s what you need to know

If you’re just about to jet off to New Zealand, we’ll openly admit to feeling envious. It’s a lush, exciting, friendly place with great food and plenty of things to do. From taking a ride in an aerobatic plane to swimming with dolphins, sharing the beach with penguins (we’re not joking - Google it) ... Read more

The FCO reveals why you should always take out travel insurance

What exactly can you expect if you go on holiday without any travel insurance? You're effectively playing a game of chance. Yes, there's every likelihood that you'll be fine, and you'll come home unscathed. But what if the worst happens? You could face issues getting home due to missed flights, cr... Read more

Travel advice for fans travelling to Australia for the ICC Cricket World Cup

If you're travelling to the ICC Cricket World Cup this spring, you'll be aware that it's a hectic time for a cricket fan. The tournament runs from February 14 - March 28, and 49 one-day international matches will be played. That's a lot of games. So, without any further ado, here's what to check be... Read more

Winter sports holiday insurance: Your questions answered

Winter sports are less of a hobby, and more of a glorious obsession. The satisfying sound of clicking into your skis, the way the piste feels when it’s soft and crunchy underfoot. When else can you enjoy a lunchtime beer overlooking the mountains, and wallow in a steaming hot tub at the end of the d... Read more

Insuring Star Trek’s Captain Kirk

To celebrate the launch of our brand new Star Trek competition (fancy winning a four-night break in Florida, anyone?), we decided to take a closer look at the Enterprise’s intergalactic travel plans. Put simply, how we could tailor our insurance to protect Captain Kirk from all manner of interspace... Read more

Winter is coming, get covered

Ski breaks can be expensive enough once you’ve bought the gear, lift pass and ski hire, so the last thing you want while on your holiday is a hefty medical bill in the unfortunate event of an accident. With Columbus Direct Winter Sports Cover, we will provide you with cover that will put your mind a... Read more

Holiday insurance for over 65s: What you need to know

It’s amazing how travel improves as you get older. Suddenly, you’re not in such a hurry to run from place to place; you can take your time and really relish the sights. This is your opportunity to get to know the country you’re visiting – and why not? Life’s too short to miss anything; why not enjoy... Read more

Twenty-four little-known facts about the Euro 2016 countries

Even if you’re not a football fan, you can’t have missed the build-up to Euro 2016. This Friday, it’s all kicking off – and 24 countries will go head to head to battle for the top spot. There’s such an eclectic mix of countries taking part, we thought it would be good idea to find out some little-k... Read more

Protect your income with Columbus Direct

We're delighted to announce that we've launched our new direct to consumer income protection product. With cover starting from £2.20 per month†, we've developed our new cover to make income protection more affordable. It provides different levels of cover, including accident and sickness, unemploym... 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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