TRAVEL ALERT: Protests in Hong Kong

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is warning travellers about continuing protests in several locations across Hong Kong. This includes rail stations and the Hong Kong International Airport. These protests pose an extra risk to travellers and have the potential to disrupt travel plans. This page provides an overview of how the Hong Kong Protests may affect your travel insurance. If you are looking to purchase a policy You may purchase a policy to cover your trip to Hong Kong, but it is important to note that you won’t be covered for any claims arising directly or indirectly f... 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

Meet 10 travellers who change the world

Summer is here and people all over Australia and New Zealand are making holiday plans. There are plenty of great holiday ideas to choose from: relax, stay with your family, stay in an exotic location as far from your family as possible, catch up on your spring cleaning, read a book, change the wor... Read more

5 essential rules from Travel Heroes mentors

Bruce Wayne had Alfred, Tony Stark had J.A.R.V.I.S and Luke Skywalker had Yoda. If you are going to be a great hero, then you need advice from great mentors.  We asked travel volunteering and adventure fundraising experts to share their essential advice for Travel Heroes. Here are the results... ... Read more

Do you have what it takes to be a Travel Hero?

For most of us ‘holiday’ means cocktails on sandy beaches, shopping trips in old European cities and eating exotic cuisine in equally exotic locations. For some travellers ‘holiday’ has come to mean something more – the chance to make the world a better place. People all over the world are upgrad... Read more

Competition: Travel Heroes

We believe that kindness and going the extra mile should be rewarded - so we’re looking for Travel Heroes who use travel to change the world. We’re talking about people who use their holiday time to do something really special - such as running a marathon or climbing a mountain for charity. People ... Read more

How to find your adventure

Superheroes wear capes and save the world from supervillains like Lex Luther and Dr Doom. At Columbus Direct we can’t help you to become a superhero but, we’d love to help you to become a different type of hero: a Travel Hero. Travel Heroes use their holidays to save the world from supervillains l... Read more

Charity Profile: Can Too

What's it like to run a marathon in support of cancer research? We had a chat with Can Too founder Annie Crawford and found out what the organisation's adventure fundraising program is all about. Name of your organisation: Can Too Foundation Organisation or project website: www.cantoo.org.au ... Read more

Charity Profile: Act For Kids

Thinking about doing a trek to raise funds for vulnerable children? Act For Kids gave us all the details about their organisation and adventure fundraising program. Name of your organisation: Act for Kids Organisation or project website: www.actforkids.com.au and trekforkids.com.au When was y... Read more

Charity Profile: Iracambi

Ever wanted to visit the Brazilian rainforest? At Iracambi you can help save it at the same time. The charity's founder Binka LeBreton shared with us all the details about their volunteer program. Name of your business? Iracambi Rainforest Research Center  Organisation or project website? irac... Read more