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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

Chemmy Alcott - travelling with a 10 week old baby

Following the birth of her baby boy Locki in January this year, four-time British Winter Olympian and our brand ambassador Chemmy Alcott has long gone back to her demanding work duties. Juggling between sleepless nights, her work as a ski race coach and TV presenter, as well as a hectic travel sched... 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

Delayed in a manger: Six travel insurance tips for Christmas from the Nativity Story

Overcrowded hotels, unsuitable transportation, marauding soldiers, a pregnant backpacker going into labour; we might think that Christmas travel chaos is a relatively new phenomenon, but a brief analysis of the Nativity Story reveals that all the signs were there 2,000 years ago. Just as the three ... Read more

Tune in to Barcelona in Summer 2012

With its sandy beaches and chilled out city culture, Barcelona makes for an ideal summer break. And with no Glastonbury this year, there’s no better time to head off, as it plays host to acts as diverse as Bob Dylan, Dizzee Rascal, De La Soul and The Horrors at Benicassim and Primavera Sound festiva... Read more

Keeping the kids entertained this Easter holiday

Easter is fast approaching, and although a few chocolate-based goodies will keep the kids entertained for a while, you'll only have so long before they start asking what you've got planned for the break. Research has shown that keeping kids entertained during the Easter holidays - with the likes of... Read more

Making your first adventure holiday a success

No more is adventurous travel the sole preserve of the young; the grey gappers are here with their passports in hand, ready to see the world. While arguably a derogatory moniker, it characterises the recent increase of people aged over 50/55 that have decided to tick a few items off their bucket li... Read more

Chemmy Alcott: Tips for first-time skiers

Whether you’re a novice skier, at an intermediate level or a professional, you’ll never forget the first time you strapped on a pair of skis. Being a first-time skier is never easy, no matter how effortless Ski Sunday makes the whole business look. If you’re about to give skiing a shot, here’s so... Read more

The top ten things couples row about on holiday

As far as rows go, a holiday seems like the least-usual time to have one. Right? Wrong, we're afraid. Despite the lack of work, copious amounts of sunshine and the absence of day-to-day stress, rows can still happen, we're afraid - and here are the top ten behaviours that trigger them while you're ... Read more

What Alan Partridge has taught us about hotel etiquette

As fans of the much-loved BBC comedy show will be well aware, mishap-ridden radio DJ and Skirmish presenter Alan Partridge stayed in the Linton Travel Tavern after divorcing his wife and accepting the graveyard shift on Radio Norwich. While he was there, he learned the ins and outs of hotel etiquet... Read more

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