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

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

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

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

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

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


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