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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 holida... 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

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 etiquett... 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

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

New handy tool takes the guesswork out of baggage allowances

When you’re packing for your holiday and you’re unsure of your airline’s baggage allowance, it can mean hours of trawling through a company’s website, looking for answers. Things can get especially tricky if you’re trying to take a bike abroad, a buggy, or other types bulky sports equipment. However... Read more

Eight Spanish foods you’ve got to try this summer

Travelling well is all about three things - meeting new people, doing as much as possible with your time, and trying new foods. Even if you’re a veggie or a vegan, you can definitely enjoy a few of these much-loved staples. Don’t be surprised if the taste and texture is very different to what you’re... Read more

Your travel insurance questions answered

Booking your holiday is always a great feeling. After all, it’s your world - enjoy it! From exploring a new city to lounging on the beach with a cocktail, your holidays are the best time of the year. We’ve covered the most frequently-asked questions about our travel insurance; from your first holida... 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

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