TRAVEL ALERT: Volcanic Activity - Mount Agung, Bali

On 22 September 2017, the National Disaster Management Authority for Indonesia raised the volcanic alert level for the Mount Agung volcano in north east Bali to level 4, the highest level, indicating that an eruption is imminent. This page provides an overview of how the events may affect your travel insurance. If you are looking to purchase a policy… Given the increasing volcanic activity at Mount Agung, Bali, if you are considering purchasing a policy it is important to note that there will no longer be cover for any claims arising from any related volcanic activity, including volcanic ash... Read more

My Essential Pre-Trip To-Do List

In my early twenties I was invincible. When I travelled I was care-free and on occasion, don’t tell my mother, insurance free. These days, I wouldn’t jump on a domestic flight without insurance. Working in the travel insurance industry, I’ve had the benefit of learning not only from my own experien... Read more

Great news for Adventurers

Columbus Direct now offers cover add-ons for a huge number of sports and adventure activities. This includes a range of activities that are traditionally difficult to find cover for like cycle touring, skydiving, on-road motorcycling over 250cc, outdoor rock climbing, and quad biking.1 [1 Cover is... Read more

9 reasons why New Zealand rocks

Ask any Kiwi why they love their country, and they’ll fall over themselves to tell you why their home country is so great. The rugby team are capable of knocking the socks off any team from around the world, the food is terrific and when it comes to natural beauty, we win. However, we weren’t conte... Read more

Travel Blogger Interview with Don't Stop Living

Jonny's passion for people, places, travel, beer and football has seen him leave his home town in Northern Ireland in 2003. He has been on the road ever since, travelling, working and living in over 100 countries in all seven continents. He writes about his adventures every day and has been featured... Read more

5 Scary Movies not to watch this Halloween if you're planning to travel

Halloween is almost here! Grab the popcorn and dim the lights - it’s time to snuggle up with a good old scary movie. A word of warning though: if you have a holiday coming up then think twice when scrolling through the Netflix catalogue. Horror filmmakers love travel-gone-wrong stories. You want to... Read more

Travel Heroes Competition Launched

Calling all Travel Heroes! We’re on the lookout for people who use their holiday time to make the world a better place. Travel Heroes climb mountains and run marathons to raise money for charity. They provide aid to people in need, pitch in at environmental reserves or become volunteer teachers. Tr... Read more

The top 10 travel trends for 2016

Maybe you want to try something different this year. Maybe you want to see what’s popular - and maybe you’re just curious about what everyone else is up to. What does 2016 hold for the travel industry, and which new places and ways of travelling should you be trying out? We did some research into t... Read more

7 unbreakable food rules for Europe

We’re prepared to put ourselves out on a limb here, and make a bold statement - European food is a thing of beauty. It really is. The great British fry up, French cheeses, Italian pizzas, Irish whiskey, Spanish meats - there’s so much fun to be had in markets, restaurants and cafes. To make sure th... Read more

How older travellers can see the world for less

Travelling as a retiree can be hugely liberating - the world is yours to explore, and you have as much time as you like to plan your travels. However, money can be an issue, and if you’re trying to travel cheaply, you may find you’re facing a new set of challenges. If you’re willing to give up a bi... Read more


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