Smart Traveller or prone to #HolidayFails – which one are you?

Do you have a fairly decent understanding of travel insurance? Then you’re ahead of the pack. Recent studies have found that many travellers are lacking basic knowledge when it comes to travel insurance. Here’s some examples: If you already know the importance of insuring each trip, then you’re ahead of the 31% of Aussies who went overseas without insurance in the last three years[1]. If you know how drinking alcohol can affect your cover, you’re doing better than a whopping 70% of Aussie travellers[2]. But exactly how smart a traveller are you? This new video series can help you find out… ... Read more

Travel Insurance 101

If you’ve been following the adventures of Jess, Sid, Soph, Will and Dave in Student Edge & Columbus Direct's #HolidayFails series, then you know exactly how wrong an innocent little holiday can go. So should you lock yourself in your bedroom and never travel more than 20km from your home eve... Read more

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 trave... 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

Best ski resorts for families

Skiing is a holiday experience like no other, especially for kids. If you’re planning a family get-away to the slopes this year, the following line-up of ski resorts will help you choose the perfect destination, whether you’re travelling on a budget, or looking to splurge on the holiday of a lifetim... Read more

Travel Advice Your insurance and the new device ban on flights

On March 21st US authorities announced that those flying into the USA from certain Middle Eastern destinations will not be allowed to carry large electronic devices, such as laptops or tablets, with them on their flight. Just under a week ago, UK authorities announced that they will follow suit. If... Read more

Making wishes come true

With two active kids and a job to boot - most people would think that Michelle Krueger is too busy to worry about other people.  They could not be more wrong! Michelle spends her spare time helping fulfil the wishes of sick Australian kids and teens. For this dedicated Make-a-Wish volunteer even h... Read more

Travel Hero Jackie Scott Acceptance Speech

Mickey Rourke thanked his dog, Justin Bieber thanked the ‘haters’ and Sarah Jessica Parker thanked the whole of New York but who cares … it’s time to answer the question on everybody’s lips – who is Australia and New Zealand’s Travel Hero Jackie Scott going to thank? Watch her acceptance speech b... Read more

Meet Australia and New Zealands Travel Hero

Australia and New Zealand’s Travel Hero is… JACKIE SCOTT Jackie’s cause, The Sandra Jones Centre, will receive a $5,000 donation from Columbus Direct. In recognition of her amazing work Jackie will also receive $500 personal spending money.  WHO IS JACKIE SCOTT? In 2015 Jackie travelled aroun... Read more

These amazing adventures changed our Travel Heroes' Worlds

Be it Odysseus, Huckleberry Finn or Harry Potter– as long as Human’s can remember we have been reading, sharing and enjoying stories about epic heroes and amazing adventures. For some people reading about a grand adventure is not enough. They pack their bags, lace up their shoes and head out into... Read more


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