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Advice & Health by Country

Travel Advice by Country:
source: Travel.State.Gov (US)
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Often has information not included above.
Source: Foreign Office (UK)

Health and Vaccination info:
source: CDC (US)

Driving Info & Rules

Opens driving info pages on other sites. For most European countries they are PDF documents on the UK's AA website. We do not guarantee the accuracy of information provided.

Visa needed? + Customs Rules

Entry Requirements ("Visa") and Customs information for:

Visa Info notes: You will need passport details (expiry date etc affect entry requirements)

Customs Info Notes: Items you can and cannot take into, or out of, a country
Plus info on entry requirements for your Pets

Disclaimer: This form opens IATA's visa widget. Although IATA is most trusted source of worldwide Visa/Customs information, errors happen; so you should confirm its advice with the relevant countries embassy.
This tool is still under test.

Country/City Quick Info & Map

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Currency Converter

(data sources - Google & Yahoo Finance APIs)

Weather by City

Sorry this tool is being re-written to be compatible with the new look site.

Time: how far ahead or behind?

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Emergencies & Embassies

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Latest Travel News

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Search/Compare Prices: Flights, Hotels, Car Hire, Travel Insurance price comparison, Hostel Search, and other useful links:

Flights price comparison

Skyscanner came out as first choice for flights in Travelchimp's review.

  • Not bothered about a specific airport? You can even enter a country e.g. "Germany" in the "To" or "From" box to get countrywide prices.
  • Flexible dates? Skyscanner's date pickerallows you to choose whole months.

Hotels price comparison

Compare prices from hundreds of booking sites and hotel chains. 1.5 Million reviews, descriptions, pictures and maps.

Search by hotel name | Browse by country

Sites searched include:

Search for Hostels

HostelWorld: We like it because of the number of hostels and reviews available (its the biggest hostel booking company).

Compare Tours and Adventures

  • TourRadar searches 150+ tour operators at once
  • Thousands of tours with reviews.

  • All types: sightseeing, cultural, historic, activity and adventure.
  • A few hours to many months.
  • e.g. Shakespeare and England, Amalfi Coast, Kayak in Costa Rica, India by rail, trek to Everest base camp.

N.B. on many tours you will have to make your own arrangements to get to the departure point of the tour.

Travel Insurance price comparison

1: US & Canadian residents


Travel Insurance

In a test of Travel Insurance price comparison sites the New York Times found that SquareMouth's results included policies missed by the others. We have affiliated with them.

In our tests, none of the comparison sites appeared to offer policies for long "gap year" vacations. For these you could also try World Nomads (below), or STA.

2: Available Worldwide

World Nomads - available to residents of 150 countries. Recommended by both Lonely Planet and Rough Guide. Note: it is not a comparison site.

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Car Hire price comparison

Most "price comparison" sites are really brokers, Carrentals is a true comparison site - to book you are transferred to the website of the car hire company/broker you selected.

(see this article on Car Hire pitfalls).

Rail & Coach (links only)

Megabus Coach / Bus Travel (US, Canada & UK)


Via Rail - main Passenger Rail company
Canrail Pass from Via Rail


Amtrak USA Rail Pass

Greyhound US COACH travel
Coach USA

Europe: - Interrail Pass (European residents) - Eurail Pass (those resident outside Europe)
Eurostar UK to Europe by Rail UK and Eurostar rail tickets

National Express UK COACH travel

Japan: Information on the Japan Rail Pass

Disclaimer: Much of the information on this page is provided by other organisations ranging from national Governments to commercial companies. We cannot, and do not, warrant the accuracy of this information. You should always use other websites and reference material to check out the accuracy of information provided by one individual site.

Our aim: to provide a single page with the most useful online travel tools to enable independent travellers, backpackers, business travellers and those on a gap-year or career-break, to research their trip. +more
The perfect trip planning page. Information on over 200 countries, including vaccination and malaria data, visas, customs rules, maps and international dialing code. You can even locate British embassies complete with contact details and maps (not shown on the FCOs own site). The currency converter includes exchange rates for less common currencies like the Moldovan Lei which are not shown by most currency convertors.

View latest travel related news feeds provided by USA, UK, Australia & Canada Governments + the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

Get a weather forecast, the current time zone and time difference for towns and cities around the world (just enter a city, US/British/Canadian Zip/Postcode or even an IATA airport code). You can also find both free and paid WIFI Hotspots in most towns (courtesy of's widget)

You can also use the booking tools that came top of our reviews: A hotel price comparison engine that searches 33 major hotel chains and booking sites including Laterooms,Expedia, and and provides excellent hotel descriptions, reviews and maps.

For flights we've included two - both search over 600 airlines and booking sites like Opodo; one includes 100 budget and low cost airlines (many not included on other comparison sites listings because they don't pay commission) it is also very good for identifying connecting flights to save you money, and for single tickets. The other includes more booking sites, and provides greater flexibility for dates.
On this page Backpackers have access to a hostel search from the website that came out top in our gap-year article.

We also include both Travel Insurance and Car Hire price comparison.- CLOSE