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Essential life hacks for keeping babies and toddlers safe in the sun

Holidays are so important. We save for them, plan them and keep our fingers crossed that everything will be perfect. However, accidents and illnesses can happen anywhere, and can be more complicated when you're away from your home environment. A few basic precautions and advanced packing can make a... Read more

Travel insurance and children: Can you travel with a baby?

Congratulations on your new arrival! Taking a trip with your baby is a lot of fun - you’re probably looking forward to showing them the sights. Babies are normally astounded by the simplest things, so just imagine what they’ll make of your trip! This is the perfect time to bond as a family and make... Read more

Travel debate: Should flights have a separate area for families?

Travelling with children is always a touchy subject. Whether you're a parent or not, it's an issue that divides opinion more easily than whether or not to eat food that's fallen on the floor, and it's a subject dear to many travellers' hearts. The next time you're going through Passport Control, s... Read more

Ten of the weirdest and most useless baby inventions ever created

With the nation gripped by Royal Baby Fever Part 2 here at Columbus Direct, we have decided to look at ten of the weirdest and most useless baby inventions. These a great way to keep your kids entertained while on holiday. Possibly. We make no promises. Baby Mop If you’re anything like us on hol... Read more

Five tips for keeping the kids calm on holiday

"Are we there yet?" "But I don't want to go!" "I feel sick..."Ah, the joys of taking the little ones on holiday, eh? You've saved up all year for this holiday, paying the hiked up out-of-term-time fares through gritted teeth, yet the kids are not sharing your enthusiasm.We asked the nation's parents... Read more

The ten best things about Brussels

When it comes to a decadent weekend away, we're lucky to have loads of options available to us.  If you're staying in the UK, there's the seaside (Hastings, Brighton, Wells-next-the-Sea, Bournemouth), or there's the countryside (take your pick - our favourites include The Cotswolds, Devon and Dorse... Read more

Parenting bloggers reveal their top tips for keeping kids safe on holiday

When it comes to keeping your children safe on holiday, you don't want to be a helicopter parent - but sometimes it's good to speak to other parents and pick up some tips.  We've spoken to some fabulous parenting bloggers about their experiences; here are some of their ways to keep everyone safe on... Read more

The benefits of a child-friendly holiday explored with Tots to Travel

Tots to Travel is a holiday company with a difference - they specialise in child-friendly holidays so parents and kids can have the best time abroad. We took some time out to talk to Wendy Shand, who founded the company, about why the company was started and why child-friendly holidays are such a go... Read more

Don't cruise, you lose: Why cruising's where it's at

Cruising used to be the domain of the elderly and infirm, people who didn’t like flying, and people who liked to take their travel at a slower pace. These days, it’s way cooler than stuffing yourself on a plane and not leaving your resort for two weeks. Here’s why. Danielle Fear from Cruise Miss ... Read more

Great Apes: How Born Free are saving gorillas and chimps from extinction

The Born Free Foundation is dedicated to helping animals worldwide, and nobody knows better than Programmes Manager Liz Greengrass how tricky a task it can be. Apes worldwide are in trouble. Their numbers are declining, their habitats are being destroyed by deforestation and adult apes are being ki... Read more

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