Some links are only applicable to nationals/residents of particular countries.

Problems and emergencies


Emergency Services telephone numbers: Most of US/Canada: 911. Most of Europe including the UK and all EU countries: 112.


Money:

Reporting lost or stolen cards Mastercard US | Mastercard UK | Mastercard(Intl) and_Visa (British? – see also FamilySafeHolidays below)
Emergency money transferMoneygram | Western Union
Visa | Mastercard ATM cash machine finders


Embassies, Lost Passports & other crises

All Nationalities:: Embassy Finder.

US Citizens:
U.S. Embassy finder.
Emergencies and Crises abroad (U.S. Department of State) useful links for U.S. citizens.
Lost and Stolen Passports

British Citizens:
British Embassy & Consulate finder via Travelchimps travel tools dashboard.
FamilySafeHolidays.co.uk has contact numbers to report lost/stolen cards (by Bank), passports, phones, ABTA/ATOL numbers to ring if your tour operator has ceased trading
UK Embassy Locator on Travelchimps Travel Dashboard.
Emergency travel documents FCO Lost / Stolen Passports page.
Support for British nationals abroad what the FCO can and cannot do for you.
Renew UK passports overseas





Passports and Visas


Passports (US & UK only)

For lost and stolen passports – see section above.

US:
Passport Information, applying and renewal: all the information you need including details on urgent renewal.

UK:
Passport Information (Gov.uk) including urgent renewal.
Post Office Check and Send Recommended, have your application and supporting documents checked for errors before they are posted, your application will also be processed more rapidly by the “Passport Office”.

 


Entry (“Visas”) and Exit Requirements + Customs Rules

Scam alert: there are websites offering tourist visa/ESTA services that do no more than provide information available on official sites or merely “forward” your application.  Before spending money always check the sites below, and with the appropriate embassy (UK and US residents can use the appropriate embassy links below).

All Nationalities
Customs and Visa requirements by country from our travel dashboard. It links to the relevant pages of data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Travelling in Europe(EU) information and regulations

US Citizens
Travel Advice provided by the US Department of State country specific advice; including entry and visa requirements for US citizens. The Visa Tool on our dashboard may provide more information on entry requirements.

British Subjects
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice by country includes entry and tourist visa advice for British passport holders. IATA probably provides more detailed information on entry requirements both are available via our tourist information dashboard.

Details of all foreign Embassies and High Commissions in the UK are also provided by the FCO.
Rules on bringing pets,food, and plants into the UK.
Taking your pets abroad


European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Only for citizens of EEA/EU countries.

Information on the EHIC Scam alert: Never pay for an EHIC, you cannot get it quicker than using the online link below.

EHIC (UK) | EHIC (Ireland) – official information and a link for applying online.
You can also obtain an application form at many UK Post Offices.


Youth Hostel Association/Hostelling International Membership

If you are on a gap-year and using Hostels, then HI membership can be useful.

HI membership (links to your country’s YHA, through which you join.
UK YHA additional benefits include travel, tourist attraction, and shop discounts.

Travelchimps backpacking article provides information on the benefits of YHA membership and hostelling in general.

Review of, and links to, 7 well known hostel booking sites


International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

The ISIC card is an internationally recognised student ID card that gives you discount on certain products and services. At the time of writing it costs £12 in UK and $20 in the US.


Find Cash Machines, WIFI Hotspots, International Dialing Codes, Currency Converter and World Time

Visa | Mastercard ATM cash machine finders

International Telephone Dialing Codes on our travel tools page.

World Time and Currency converter on our travel tools page.

Wifi Directories:

totalhotspots.com a WIFI directory with an interactive map.

wififreespot free wifi hotspot locations

Hotspot-Locations.com has filter to list free wifi

jiwire.com as above

wificafespots.com cafes and restaurants with free wifi


Travel by Car, Coach and Tunnel


Driving Abroad

Driving abroad: laws, licences, and road safety has a useful widget providing info on many coutries.

AA driving advice and details of local rules – links to general information, and country specific information for most European nations.
The RAC’s guide to driving in Europe – by country

Note:The AA and RAC are British organisations, but much of the information will be relevant to all nationalities.

US Links
Obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP)
US Government advice by country pages often include information relevant to drivers.

UK Links
Government information on International Driving Permits (IDP)
The AA – IDP requirements by country provides information on whether, and what type of IDP is required by country.
Post Office IDP service – you can apply for an IDP at many Post Offices.


Car Hire

Car Rental pitfalls and brokers):
Car Rental Links for car hire companies, price comparison, agents and brokers.


UK, European and World route planners:

AA | RAC | Michelin


Coach travel and holidays

National Express
Eurolines (part of National Express) european coach travel, Euroline pass, 25% discount card, low fare finder
Megabus (Stagecoach) coach, bus, train from Stagecoach for UK (may also be able to book US and Canadian Coaches in $???)
Greyhound US coach travel




Airports, Flights, and Booking


FlightStats flight details and status, departure arrival information – enter flight number or airport

CAA Government Air Travel Information (includes UK rules on baggage)

US Transportation Security Administration (includes US rules on baggage)

UK CAA passenger news feed – select via the dropdown box under “News” on our travel tools page. Often empty, but very useful during periods of flight disruption, or bankruptcy of UK tour operators.


Airports: Information, WIFI, and sleeping!

sleeping in airports – includes airport reviews

totalhotspots.com For a WIFI directory with an interactive map. Type in a city, you can then refine your results by clicking on filters such as “free” or “cafe” or “airport”. N.B. The author found that typing in “Bristol Airport” provide a clearer listing than typing “Bristol” and then selecting the “airport” filter.
wififreespot.com/airport.html has a limited list of airports offering free wifi, mainly USA based.


Airline quality, safety, and seats:

airlinequality.com – airline reviews
airsafe.com – airline safety
seatguru.com – pick the best seat

 


Flights – where to book airline tickets:

How to obtain the best flight ticket price: identifies the major price comparison booking sites and their pros and cons. It also lists budget airlines, plus Tour Operator and Charter Flight websites selling surplus seats on package holiday planes.


Tour Operators/Travel Agents (may offer late flights as well as holidays):

Search 16 holiday package sites at once from our site (includes some listed below)

Thomas Cook Last Minute Holidays

Last-minute-deals from Firstchoice
Late deals from Thomson
Cosmos – late deals (see flights as well)
Jet2 Holidays sister site to budget airline – seems to have some good late deals

Olympic Holidays late package and all inclusive deals

Lowcostholidays late deals page

Travelsphere offers all types of vacation: from single resort holidays through tours by coach, rail, sea and air with destinations ranging from Europe to Antartica.


Rail

Our links and information for rail tickets and passes worldwide

Seat 61 good information on rail travel


Ferries and Eurotunnel

Eurotunnel
DFDS Seaways | Norfolk Line | P&O Ferries
Stena Line Ireland Britain Holland
Raileasy as well as rail and Eurotunnel, it is a recognised agent for 8 ferry companies


Sea and River

We will be producing an article on sea travel. The following links have not been assesed for quality or usefulness.


Ocean and River Cruises:

Travelsphere – River cruises

Travelsphere – Ocean cruises

Ocean Village Mediterranean and Caribbean cruises

Cruise.co.uk | Easycruise | Cunard

P&O | Thomas Cook cruises | Thomson cruises

Virgin Holiday cruises | Cruisedirect | Lowcostcruising

Princess | Fred Olsen

Cayole Cruises US based Travel Agent specialising in cruises. Has an easy to use interface. No personal experience, but has write-ups on newsweek.com’s travel blog and nytimes.com travel section.


By Merchant Navy (container and freighter ships: not cheap):

seaplus.com information on freighter travel

freightercruises.com | freighterworld.com | freightertravel.co.nz | cruisepeople.co.uk


Hitch Hike by Yacht – work your passage:

Hitch hiking a yacht

cruiserlog: forum and crew finder

cruiser.co.za

crewseekers.net

bpat crew wanted crewbay.com


Accommodation

See the following topics on this site Accomodation for Business, Holiday and Independent travel, where to stay for free and staying in Hostels.

 


Hotel, Guest House, B & B – Reviews, price search and Booking:

See our page with many links to price comparison and booking sites. Includes comments on the pros and cons of the websites listed and where to find hotel reviews.

HotelsCombined.com - Pack full of the best deals

 


Hostelling and booking

A review of the major hostel booking sites with our views on their good and bad points.

In our Gap-Year and backpacking article: general information on hostelling; and Hostelling International, the advantages of membership, and where to get your membership card.

 


Homestay, Couch Surfing

Free accommodation for travellers – links. Also includes links on working for your board and lodging.


Consumer Protection, trade bodies, ratings etc

(UK) CAA information on what is protected by ATOL

(UK) ABTA – travel agent body

(USA & Canada) Better Business Bureau

travel-rants.com Consumer related travel blog. Opinionated and useful.