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Are Aussies becoming more savvy when it comes to buying travel insurance?

Has a government guide influenced how and when we buy insurance? The answer could well be ‘yes’. According to comparethemarket.com.au, the launch of the Foreign Minister’s Travel Insurance Buying Guide in October last year has shown ‘obvious changes’ to how consumers buy insurance. One month before... 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

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

Your guide to travel insurance and pre-existing medical conditions

Buying travel insurance for a pre-existing medical condition can seem daunting; what needs to be disclosed? What if you’ve been free from a disease for a certain number of years? Do conditions like asthma need to be declared? We listen to you when you come to us with questions, so here are some of ... 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

Your questions answered: Pregnancy and our travel insurance

Every year, we receive lots of questions about travel insurance coverage and pregnancy, and we’ve decided to look at them in detail here. Pregnancy is a special situation when it comes to travel insurance, and related risks aren’t automatically covered by all insurers. You should always check the r... Read more

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 ahe... Read more

The do's and don'ts of flying with children

Flying with children is and always will be a mixed bag. The main issue is their unpredictability; a previously-sleeping baby may decide they didn’t enjoy take-off much, and scream throughout the whole flight. A toddler who played up in the queue to board may be the world’s best flier. It’s hard for ... Read more

Columbus Direct launches mobile friendly websites for Aussies and Kiwis

We're delighted to announce that our travel insurance websites for Australia and New Zealand have been given a complete overhaul, helping us to focus on improving user experience. This will be especially useful for mobile and tablet users; a very relevant topic in light of Google's new mobile experi... Read more

What were 2014’s biggest claims?

We all know that travel insurance is an essential part of any holiday - and although you’ll probably never need us, it’s good to know that we’ll protect you if the worst should happen. Last year, we insured half a million customers from 50 different countries, and most people enjoyed event-free tri... Read more

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