Finding general advice on travel
Here are some useful links to
sites providing general travel information. There is lots of
mis-information on the internet, so do start with official resources
-tourist boards and the like. If
you have particular questions that are best answered by someone
who has already visited a particular destination, then try and
post something on one of the better known travel
For visa information, the most
reliable source will invariably be the Embassy or Consulate of
the country you are visiting the Foreign
and Commonwealth Office has dowloadable lists on embassies
in the UK or there is a worldwide database on Escape
Artist. Never hand money over to somebody who says they can
arrange something that otherwise does not seem possible through
official channels. A number of Embassies now seem to operate
premium rate phone lines -we believe these should not be allowed,
particularly in the case of government organisations providing
official advice, and would discourage you from using them.
If there is a possibility of
a security threat or other significant problem within a country,
then have a look at the advice provided by the FCO.
Useful Resources -passports, visas,
- Across the Divide
-charity challenges and expedition management, charity treks,
charity bike rides, charity projects, kayaking, rafting and corporate
World Factbook -information
on just about every country in the world.
Expats -if you are buying,
living, retiring, moving, studying, touring, trekking, working,
being posted or just visiting abroad, then this is the place
to find expatriates and old friends.
- Escape artist -searchable directory of embassies and consulates
around the world. This is a very useful resource as you can search
for embassies from a country to the rest of the world, or other
countries' embassies within that country.
and Commonwealth Office
-official advice on which countries to avoid, visa requirements,
and much more. Download lists of Embassies in the UK.
Disaster Alert and Coordination System -GDACS gives near real-time alerts about natural
disasters around the world with maps showing affected areas.
- International Circuit -Features unbiased travel reviews of hotels, restaurants,
vacations and tourist attraction along with articles about history,
culture and weather for top vacation destinations worldwide.
Office -the Identity
and Passport Service (IPS) is the official body responsible for
issuing UK passports and ID cards -here you can find al;l the
information you need on applying for or renewing your passport..
- Real Holiday Reports -feedback on holidays and vacation apartments
by UK travellers.
- Transitions abroad
-huge guide to working abroad, study abroad, international living
and independent travel overseas -aimed at US users but lots of
- Travelmag -the magazine for independant travel.
Notes: Very organized
travel directory providing country/state information, reviewed
web sites, regular travel articles, and online ticketing for
car hire, hotel reservations and discounted flights.
Kingdom Passport Service
-The United Kingdom Passport Service (UKPS) gives advice on application,
renewal and amendments of passports for British nationals resident
in the UK, together with visa requirements for other countries.
- Visaservice is a visa/passport processing agency
based in London -it processes applications for UK residents,
visitors to the UK, and residents from other countries.
- WorldTravelandTourism.com - Travel & Tourism Information, Tools and
- These give information on tourist
attractions, events, transport, accommodation from luxury hotels
to hostels and camping:
comprehensive site with UK weather forecasts, including severe
weather warnings. They also have tons of researched information
on the effects of global warming.
Weather -global weather
reports and links for UK, Ireland and the world.
- Department for Transport -information on climate change and sustainable
travel from the Government.
- Ethical Traveller
-a US based site, from the Earth Island Institute conservation
programme -publishes some useful guidelines for ethical travel.
- Sustainable School Travel Database -information issued by the DFES for
schools about sustainable travel -loads of useful papers and
other sources of information.
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