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South Africa: New rules in place for travelling with children

If you're travelling to South Africa with children under 18 this year, some laws have changed which you should be aware of. From June 1, the Immigration department in South Africa is changing the requirements for all children travelling to, from or transferring through South Africa. Here are the ne... Read more

Half of Children Have Met the Real Santa Claus

Half (47%) of British children (aged five to 11) claim to have met the “real” Santa Claus, reveals new research from travel insurance specialist Columbus Direct1.  When asked how Santa Claus knows where they live: 11% of children claim he uses magic to find them on Christmas Eve. One child cl... Read more

Help Children like Chloe this Christmas

This Christmas, Columbus has teamed up with both Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity and Crisis to help raise £1,000 for each charity by Friday 21st December; money which can really help them carry out their valuable work. To lend your support, simply Like Columbus Direct on Facebook and we'll give a ... Read more

A step by step guide to dealing with children on flights

It tends to happen when you really don't need it; you're hungover, you're tired, or you have shedloads of work you need to get through before you land. Yes, we're talking about a flight where a troublemaking child is seated near you - and they won't take no for an answer. Here's how to placate the ... 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

Hogwarts tops mythical holiday destinations for children

Two in five children would rather holiday in fictional destinations than real places Hogwarts and the Star Wars Universe top children’s mythical holiday destinations ‘No school’ is voted as the best thing about going on holiday Two-fifths (40%) of children aged five to 11 would choose to ho... Read more

Pam Ann interview: "Children on flights? Why?"

Have you heard about Pam Ann? Sharper than a knife, wittier than Julian Clary and a fearsome opponent if you decide to kick-off in mid-air, Pam is a force to be reckoned with. She's the air hostess alter-ego of Australian comedienne Caroline Reid, and if you haven't guessed yet, her comedy's all ab... 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

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

Insure your pet can come on holiday

Almost half of UK households own a pet and, with the summer holiday season approaching, many will be considering taking their dog or cat away with them. According to recent research by a pet retailer*, one quarter of UK adult pet owners are prepared to pay the same amount as an extra adult on holid... Read more

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