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Christmas Markets Shop till you drop

Get into the Christmas spirit with a trip to one of Europe’s Christmas Markets. Choose from glühwein in Berlin, a quick waltz around Salzburg or a guaranteed blanket of snow in pretty, medieval Tallinn. Or for a stay that’s closer to home, why not plan a festive break to one of the UK’s Christmas ma... Read more

The top Belgian Christmas Markets to visit this December

More and more people are going on holiday around Christmas, and it's not a surprising trend. Not only can you avoid the horror of the shops on Boxing Day, but it's a great way of experiencing how another country gets itself into the festive mood. In recent years, Belgium's had a rise in popularity... Read more

The Best Christmas Markets you could visit this December

You may be thinking you’ve left it too late to give a Christmas Market a visit this year, but there are still plenty open around Europe – some of which you could visit on a budget. We’ve picked out some of the best you can still visit last-minute to get you in the Christmas spirit! Winter Wonderlan... Read more

The FCA proposes to ban opt-out selling

In a move that will delight consumers and watchdogs alike, the Financial Conduct Authority is set to ban opt-out selling in financial services markets. Last year, the general insurance market was reviewed, and add-ons were put under the microscope. This is thought to be the reason for the regulator... 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

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

Columbus Direct wins ITIJ Intermediary of the year award

We are delighted to announce that Columbus has beaten Healix Insurance Services and AON to be named Intermediary of the Year at an awards ceremony in Barcelona hosted by the International Travel Insurance Journal (ITIJ). The annual ITIJ Awards recognise those providers in the travel insurance indus... Read more

New York shopping: What are the top spots?

Shopping trips have long been a staple vacation for ladies around the world and when it comes to ideal locations, New York City must be in the top five. Filled with a variety of budget, mid-range and designer outlets, it's a buyer's paradise and a firm favourite with die-hard shoppers. Make no mista... Read more

Staff Picks for winter sun getaways

Here at Columbus HQ we love to travel, so if you need some inspiration for a winter sun destination for 2014, why not take a look at our staff picks for winter warmers from the tropical shores of Thailand to the Vegas strip…it'll have you thinking of warm white sand between your toes in no time. Li... Read more

12 of the Strangest Food Events Around the World-Pt 2

Having delved into the murky world of peculiar food events from across the globe, we found there were more odd eating activities going on than we expected, so we are back with another six very strange food festivals, holidays and events. So, without further ado, here are more of the culinary odditi... Read more

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