Holidays and Travelling

There are many different types of holidays and travel experiences you can choose from. From a weekend camping, package holidays abroad, interrailing around Europe to backpacking across Australia.

Depending on where you are going there can be varying amounts of planning, packing and preparation before your trip. Different countries can sometimes have different laws, rules and regulations and visa requirements regarding travellers, so you should always check before you go.

This section can give you advice and information on the different types of travelling, how to plan, what to take, how to manage your money and what arrangements you might need to make, including:

National Services

Gov.UK’s Foreign Travel Advice – Get advice about travelling abroad, including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings.

Apply for a passport – If you wan’t to travel outside of the UK or via plane, you’ll need a passport. Check yours is up to date if you have one, and either renew or apply for one here.

VISA’s – With a UK passport, you can travel visa-free or visa-on-arrival to many destinations. However, there are exclusions, so check this website to see if you will need a VISA.

NHS Travel Vaccinations – Depending on where you go, it is recommended to ensure that you’re up to date with your vaccinations. Check here to see if you’ll need one before you travel.

Trainline – Find out where you can go via rail.

Money Advice Service – Has information on travelling costs, money when you go, and whether you’ll need travel insurance.

ABTA – The UK’s largest travel association – The official online sales channel for Interrail passes

FitForTravel – Travel health information for people travelling abroad from the UK

ICS (International Citizen Service) – Offers international volunteering opportunity open to all 18-25 year olds, backed by the UK government

Lonely Planet – Travel Guides & Information

Rough Guides – Get inspiration and travel information for worldwide destinations with online travel guides

TripAdvisor – Find hidden gems and top raved about places to visit worldwide.

Meic – An advocacy and helpline service to support with any problems you might be having about anything including worries about travelling. Contact Meic daily from 8AM – Midnight on: Freephone (080880 23456), Text (84001) or Instant Message.

Useful Apps

City Mapper – Instantly compare your travel options in real-time for all urban mobility

Duolingo – If you’re going to travel somewhere where English or Welsh isn’t the first language, it’s a good idea to learn some key phrases to help you along your way. Duolingo is a simple and fun way to learn new languages.

Google Translate – It’s inevitable you’ll stumble across a sign or poster in another language and have no idea what it means. Type in what you see, or use a camera in-app to translate the words.

Lounge Buddy – The app lets you know about free airport lounges or how to purchase a day pass.

SkyScanner – Find and compare cheap flights, hotels and car rentals.

Expedia – Another flight comparison tool to help you find the cheapest flights.

TripIt – TripIt helps organize your upcoming travel itinerary which can often get messy with multiple bookings.

Lucky Trip – Set your budget and find recommendations of where to travel to. You can even book it within the app!

Blogs & Guides

Travel Resources – Nomadic Matt

Travel Checklist – The Mix

Safety When Travelling – The Mix

Travel On a Budget – The Mix

Travel Money Options – Money Advice Service

Do You Need Travel Insurance? – Money Advice Service


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