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How will the Greek financial crisis affect your holiday and travel insurance?

**Please note - the FCO no longer advise taking euros in cash to cover the entire duration of your stay; however there are still restrictions on some banking services in Greece. Click here for more information.** The troubling events in Greece have prompted many holidaymakers to worry about their u... Read more

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

Brazil’s popularity as a holiday destination continues to grow rapidly, as the hosts of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics, and record numbers of tourists have visited over the past 10 years. From golden sands to stunning lagoons and mountain forests, even a casual walk out of the cities will... Read more

Columbus Direct travel insurance kiosks launched at Gatwick Airport

If you’re heading away on your holidays soon and you’re flying from Gatwick’s South Terminal, you may spot a familiar face as you wait for your flight. For the next three months, Columbus Direct will be selling travel insurance from new kiosks in the airport’s main atrium - so if you've forgotten t... Read more

British woman highlights dangers of travel without travel insurance

A British woman whose travel insurance didn’t cover her is effectively ‘trapped’ in the US after falling ill abroad. Denise Griggi, 63, was rushed to hospital shortly after landing in the US due to early stage congestive heart failure. Her condition has been stabilised and she is recovering alongs... Read more

The ultimate mini-guide to Las Vegas

Ever hear the phrase 'What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?' Of course you have; it's common practice for everyone who visits the city to brag relentlessly about their holiday upon their return home, even if they did nothing naughty. For some people, this might be raiding the minibar and replacing ... Read more

Travel vaccinations - are you prepared?

Going on holiday is an exciting event, but it necessitates a lot of advance planning. First there's booking the time off work, then you'll need to locate the passports. Next, there's arranging airport transfers, getting medical travel insurance and buying your holiday essentials. That's not to menti... 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

Travel insurance ad aims to scare people into buying cover

A new advert has been launched in Australia that aims to 'frighten people' into buying travel insurance. Backed by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, in association with the Choice Guide to Travel Insurance, the unusual ad chooses to personify the 'risk' uninsured people face as a large, int... Read more

Sexism and travel: ABTA's guide to cultural differences and staying safe abroad

Columbus Direct has spoken to ABTA about cultural differences, and how you can avoid coming unstuck during your summer holiday by following a few simple rules. If you're reading this in the UK, you'll be aware that as a rule, we're a pretty tolerant country. However, there are some countries where ... Read more

Travel trends in 2018 that may surprise you

Every place in the world is on notice: Travellers will be headed YOUR way this year. While there might be some dips in travel to popular destinations of the past, the theme for 2018 could best be captured by the popular Monty Python catchphrase, “And now for something completely different.” We’ve no... Read more

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