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Help Columbus make a difference this Christmas

This Christmas, we’re joining with both Rainbow Trust children’s charity and Crisis, who work with homeless people, to raise vital funds at what can be a difficult time of year for those in need. We’re inviting you to help us make a difference, by making sure we reach our target of £1,000 for each c... Read more

Top 5 Wacky Winter Sports

When we think of winter sports, images of skiers and snowboarders come to mind - but there really is so much more to the genre.No longer do you have to be able to stay upright on a ski or swoop through the slopes on a snowboard to enjoy the crisp winter air. With the likes of kneeboarding and shovel... Read more

Philippine Volcano Mount Mayon 'in deadly eruption'

7 May 2013 Last updated at 04:52 GMT A volatile volcano has erupted in the Philippines, with at least five people reported dead. Mount Mayon has erupted dozens of times since records began.Mount Mayon, 330km (206 miles) south-east of the capital Manila, sent a cloud of ash and rocks into the sky ea... Read more

Cyclone Mahasen: Bangladesh orders coastal evacuation

Hundreds of thousands of people are being evacuated from coastal areas of Bangladesh threatened by Cyclone Mahasen. The Bangladeshi authorities have raised the danger level to seven out of 10 for low-lying areas around Chittagong and the coastal district of Cox's Bazar. The cyclone, heading north-e... 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

What are the most popular types of skiing?

What do you think of when hearing the words 'skiing holiday'? Is it images of getting onto a lift, disembarking at the top, then sliding down a piste-bashed hill on repeat until sundown? If so, that's ignoring the huge depth of option and opportunity that skiing offers. Instead, there is a huge arra... Read more

10 of the best Summer Music Festivals from Around the World

Now that summer has finally arrived it's time to dig out the flip flops, slap on the factor 30 and make your way to the highlight of the summer; music festivals. These can be found across the globe and are the ultimate feel good summer events, and today we look at the first 8 festivals you can enjoy... Read more

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

There’s a freedom in Portugal that infiltrates your senses and gives you tingles. Strolling from Unesco world heritage sites, challenging hiking trails, some of Europe’s finest beaches, medieval houses, Roman temples, through Moorish alleys, Portugal has it all bathed in year-round sunshine. What is... Read more

Chemmy and The Alpine 4 Ski Round Canary Wharf

If you walked through Canary Wharf’s shopping centre on Monday or Tuesday, you may have seen a bunch of athletes working out on strange-looking cross trainers while shouting about breaking a world record. If so, you’ll have witnessed the efforts of Olympian skier Chemmy Alcott and hardcore athletes... Read more

Brit tourist unable to be repatriated due to invalid travel insurance

The body of a 59-year-old father of six who died suddenly on holiday is ‘stuck’ in Spain, as his travel insurance has been deemed invalid.Thomas Owens was insured by StaySure, but the company are apparently refusing to repatriate his body as he failed to disclose he had a heart condition when bookin... Read more

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