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Travel advice: Your insurance and the Istanbul airport attack

The attacks at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport (Europe’s third-busiest airport) have caused some travel disruption to and within Turkey. If you’re in Istanbul and you want to know how your travel insurance can help you, we’ve answered some FAQs below. For more information, please call our customer servic... Read more

Chemmy Alcott - travelling with a 10 week old baby

Following the birth of her baby boy Locki in January this year, four-time British Winter Olympian and our brand ambassador Chemmy Alcott has long gone back to her demanding work duties. Juggling between sleepless nights, her work as a ski race coach and TV presenter, as well as a hectic travel sched... Read more

Travel Deal Tuesday – What is it?

It could be tempting to act early in booking your holiday on Black Friday, or you could try your luck on waiting until the January sales, but research conducted by Hopper shows that you could be better off by booking on what is being called “Travel Deal Tuesday”. Hopper have found that sales spike ... 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

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

20% of Britons fail to take out travel insurance

According to the 2011 ABTA Consumer Trends survey, nearly 20% of travellers and 37% of all trips taken in 2011 were uninsured, with Brits deciding that 56% of domestic holidays did not need any insurance protection. The survey also revealed that 26% of travellers in Europe believe the European Heal... Read more

Columbus Wins 5-Stars for Outstanding Value Travel Insurance

Columbus Direct has won the highest star rating for international travel insurance in an extensive 2011 travel insurance survey by independent ratings agency, CANSTAR CANNEX. CANSTAR CANNEX says the award acknowledges Columbus Direct’s outstanding value in the international travel insurance categor... Read more

New ash cloud travel cover stops travellers going volcanic

More up to date information on Ash Cloud worries for Holidaymakers (August 2014) can be found here.With the recent news of the Katla volcano in Iceland attracting scientist’s attention (with more than 500 tremors in and around the caldera of Katla just in the last month - suggesting an eruption may ... Read more

Columbus nominated as Best Travel Insurance Provider

At a time when the financial sector is under the spotlight perhaps more than ever before, the Consumer Moneyfacts Awards showcase the very best financial sector products available to the public. The awards are a combination of honest customer feedback and an assessment of the products technical mer... Read more

Delayed in a manger: Six travel insurance tips for Christmas from the Nativity Story

Overcrowded hotels, unsuitable transportation, marauding soldiers, a pregnant backpacker going into labour; we might think that Christmas travel chaos is a relatively new phenomenon, but a brief analysis of the Nativity Story reveals that all the signs were there 2,000 years ago. Just as the three ... Read more

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