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Sports and activities covered free with Columbus Direct

When we go away on holiday, most of us just want to be to be covered for a relaxing snorkel or a round of golf on our travel insurance. However, what if you're after a little bit more? We cover 150 sports and activities as standard, so if you're seeking a new challenge, we're the right insurer for ... Read more

Top Ski Destinations

Top Ten European Resorts Despite the decline in the overall number of British skiers visiting France, French ski resorts remained the most popular in Europe for 2010/2011 (Ski Horizon) Resort Name Ski Lifts Season Start Season End Adults 6 Day Lift Pass * Morzine 67 Dec Apr 15... Read more

Hurricane Gonzalo causes travel chaos

As the UK is battered by strong winds and rain due to being on the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo, travel timetables have been disrupted.According to Flight Aware, a flight-tracking site, 9% of flights in and out of Heathrow today have been cancelled and a further 9% of flights are facing delays.Manc... Read more

Columbus Direct gears up for Movember 2014

Just as we were beginning to get over the excitement of Octobeard, along came Movember - and the men of Columbus Direct are keen to get involved. Mark Phillips, Simon Head and Roger Gordon are taking part as Team Screwdriver, and we're already anxiously scanning their top lips for signs of wondrous... Read more

How to spot a Brit abroad

Red, loud, rude, crude and forever arguing with reception staff - and that's just the kids. While we can honestly say that we love this country and the people in it, there's something about Brits abroad that has us cringing in our seats the minute we leave the taxi and wheel our suitcases into Arriv... Read more

Christmas booze cruisers urged to stay alert in Calais

A senior Eurotunnel executive has warned people heading to Calais for 'booze cruises' that migrants at Calais may attempt to target their vehicles as a means of getting into the UK. There are huge numbers of migrants camped out by the ferry terminals, looking for vehicles to smuggle themselves onto... Read more

Cold snap may lead to weekend travel delays

A cold snap heading for Britain could cause travel chaos this weekend, as temperatures could drop as low as -7°C. The bad weather, triggered by snowstorms in the US, could also bring freezing, heavy rain and strong winds. There's a good chance that these adverse conditions could wreak havoc on tra... Read more

The top ten things you won't miss if you go abroad this Christmas

If you're going away this Christmas, we're jealous. Very jealous. However. we wholeheartedly applaud your decision to pack up, ship out and spend Christmas Day with a cocktail in your hands and the sand gently warming your toes. Travel is one of the best ways to spend your heard-earned cash. At lea... Read more

New research suggests female solo travellers are on the rise

Good news, solo lady travellers - your numbers are growing.  New research undertaken by Travelzoo has suggested that 60% of women in the UK would be happy to head off on holiday alone, and that the destinations British women perceive as the world’s safest are France, Spain, Canada, Italy and the Un... Read more

Get the inside story on The Arctic V’s journey to the starting line

They trained. Hard. They flew. For miles. And then they smashed The Arctic Circle Race (well, as hard as the terrible weather conditions allowed). But nobody knows the inside story on their journey to the starting line...yet. Chemmy, Max, Richard, Chris and Adam left the UK on March 16 and flew t... Read more

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