ALERT: Global Coronavirus Outbreak

The current outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31st December 2019. This outbreak has since been reported widely in the media and by authorities such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), and it continues to make headlines around the world.  The detail below is provided as a guide to cover eligibility in respect of Columbus Direct policies (for Australian residents) and the novel coronavirus outbreak. Cover under each policy will be dependent on a number of things including the date the policy was purchased (or trip was booked, whichever is the... 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

Organisation Profile: Impact Marathons

If you want to volunteer and run a fundraising marathon on the same trip, check out Impact Marathon Series. The organisation's CEO Nick Kershaw shared with us all the details about their combined volunteer and marathon fundraising program. Name of your business? Impact Marathon Series  Organis... Read more

Fathers Day Gadgets for Travelling Dads

Father’s Day is less than 2 weeks away! Children everywhere are heading to the store in search of socks, scorched almonds and 3 pack boxer briefs. Maybe this year it’s time to give dad something a bit different - something practical and exciting to show you’re thinking of him.   If your Dad loves t... Read more

Travel advice: Your insurance and the Istanbul airport attack

Wednesday’s attacks at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport have disrupted travel to and within Turkey. If you’re in Istanbul and you want to know how your travel insurance can help you, we’ve answered some FAQs below. For more information, please call our customer service team: Australia: 1300 669 999 New ... Read more

The fashion hack that's key to flying in comfort and style

We get it. The words ‘looking good’ and ‘long-haul flights’ aren’t normally used in the same sentence. But we’ve got some good news for you: Being well dressed on a plane – and feeling comfortable at the same time – IS possible. We’ve asked the style experts at Kent & Lime to share the key to be... Read more

Travel Moments Competition Winners Announced

After five weeks, nearly 100 entries and lots of wonderful comments, our Travel Moments Competition has ended. And what a wild ride it’s been. We’ve had entries from all over the world, and we’ve been lucky enough to see your most memorable holiday snaps. From leaping into rock pools to relaxing in... Read more

Travel Blogger Interview with GapYearEscape

Amar, the travel blogger turned entrepreneur, started blogging about his travels back in 2009 on his site Gap Year Escape. Since then his career as a full-time blogger has taken him across all seven continents. He has written a Gap Year Travel Guide, is a contributor to Huffington Post and has been ... Read more

How to use a travel opportunity to boost charity fundraising

Pip Davis (pictured above, front second right) is a fearless fundraiser. This November, she’ll be leaving Australia to travel to the US, where she’ll be taking part in the TCS New York City Marathon. We were intrigued by her desire to tie in fundraising with travel - and we wanted to know more. Why... Read more

Ten things Aussies do better than anyone else

Why do so many countries think that they’ve got the monopoly when it comes to things being done well? As Aussies, we know there are certain things which we fall down on (we’re not very good in the cold and we’ve never been able to embrace vegetarianism as a country - too many lush meat pies around),... Read more