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Devastation following Australia Tornado

22 March 2013 Last updated at 10:25 GMT Aerial footage has shown the devastation caused after a tornado hit two Australian states. One resident of a caravan park in Mulwala, New South Wales said, "This is just like we're in war. Everyone's lost everything!" Another woman described witnessing, "bi... Read more

UK severe weather - January 2013

The Australian state of Queensland is still dealing with the aftermath of Cyclone Oswald, but new alerts have been issued for even more tornadoes and flooding.Severe weather warnings are in place stretching from central Queensland to the New South Wales border.Columbus Direct customers who have purc... Read more

Travel advice for fans travelling to Australia for the ICC Cricket World Cup

If you're travelling to the ICC Cricket World Cup this spring, you'll be aware that it's a hectic time for a cricket fan. The tournament runs from February 14 - March 28, and 49 one-day international matches will be played. That's a lot of games. So, without any further ado, here's what to check be... Read more

Columbus Wins 5-Stars for Outstanding Value Travel Insurance

Columbus Direct has won the highest star rating for international travel insurance in an extensive 2011 travel insurance survey by independent ratings agency, CANSTAR CANNEX. CANSTAR CANNEX says the award acknowledges Columbus Direct’s outstanding value in the international travel insurance categor... Read more

Crocodile escapes on a plane bound for Melbourne

Yesterday, 24 September 2012, Qantas confirmed that a crocodile had managed to break free during a flight bound for Melbourne. The reptile escaped from its cage on the flight that took off from Brisbane, last week, and was found roaming free in the cargo hold. It was discovered by a shocked baggage... Read more

Top spots for some winter sun

The best thing for getting through the British winter, arguably, is getting away from it for a week or so. Even the driving rain doesn't seem so bad when you know you've got a half-packed suitcase at home containing suntan lotion, flip flops and a beach towel. If that sounds like a good plan, then ... Read more

Unbelievable places to stay on holiday

Seen one hotel and you've seen them all - here are some weird and wonderful places to stay for inspiration for your next trip: An aeroplane up a tree... Make like Tarzan in this exotic tree-top aeroplane hotel room in exotic Costa Rica.  Part of a larger resort of more standard hotel accommodation,... Read more

16 of the most remote and beautiful places you can visit: Part 2

Welcome to the second part of our blog looking at the most remote and beautiful places on the planet. Some of these exotic locations seem to be places that time and progress simply forgot, or at the very least, they've been left behind. Much of their beauty comes from their isolation, and those wh... Read more

Ten ways to cheat death if you're stranded in the Aussie bush

An Australian woman found alive and well after being lost in the bush for 17 days has revealed how she stayed alive in the wilderness. Shannon Leah Fraser, 30, became lost after going to the Golden Hole swimming spot in Northern Queensland with her boyfriend and another friend. After she was rescue... Read more

Travel insurance ad aims to scare people into buying cover

A new advert has been launched in Australia that aims to 'frighten people' into buying travel insurance. Backed by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, in association with the Choice Guide to Travel Insurance, the unusual ad chooses to personify the 'risk' uninsured people face as a large, int... Read more

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