Travel Advice & Contacts

Five ways to make the most of your holiday


Feb 11th, 2016 | By

Heading off for half term? Check out these five fabulous tips and tricks for getting the most out of your holiday



The Zika virus

Feb 7th, 2016 | By

The spread of the Zika virus has resulted in a lot of press coverage and the number of countries and destinations affected is rising.



How big is a ski resort area?

Oct 30th, 2015 | By

Two years ago one German travel writer, Christoph Schrahe, started questioning whether the skiing area that was claimed by some of the resorts was accurate.



Cabin baggage rules

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By

Christine provides the current cabin baggage limts and sizes for the 22 airlines you are likely to use if you are holidaying abroad this summer.



Right Tourism

May 10th, 2013 | By

From the website: Tourist activities that exploit animals only continue because tourists choose to support them. As a tourist you have a choice – to avoid cruel practices and reward positive ones. Responsible, Informed, Guilt-free and Humane Tourism – that’s what RIGHT-tourism stands for, and that is what it is all about. The ethos is all about making sure that we don’t leave permanent footprints on our travels, and that no one should unwittingly encourage cruelty towards animals when the travel. country specific information and
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Air passenger advice

Jan 15th, 2012 | By

Tthe new user-friendly pages from the CAA provide advice before and during your flight as well as what to do if something isn’t up to scratch!



Two Minute Guide to France

Jul 14th, 2011 | By

As we celebrate France on their national holiday we begin a week of stories on France starting with a brief introduction to each of the 22 French mainland regions and Corsica.



Postcard from Beijing… no 10

Jul 10th, 2011 | By

Our China correspondent on the perils of being blonde in Beijing



Cambodia: the comeback kid

Jun 5th, 2011 | By

The years of fear and loathing are over: Cambodia has been catapulted onto the world stage as a tourist destination and is slowly rebuilding for the future. Andy Booth, owner of travel company ABOUTAsia whose profits support the education of children in rural Cambodia, gives us the local low-down on the country’s capital: Siem Reap



Defra Pet Travel Scheme

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

“This site explains what you have to do to bring your pet dog, cat or ferret into (or back into) the UK through the Pet Travel Scheme (or PETS for short) without putting it into quarantine. It also explains the requirements for bringing many other types of pet animals into the UK. This site also tells you about quarantine in the UK for animals that don’t qualify for PETS. Printable factsheets are available for both vets and the public.”



Irish Passport Office

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

“The Passport Office, which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs, issues passports to Irish citizens.

All Irish citizens are entitled to apply for an Irish passport. Services are provided by the Passport Offices in Dublin and Cork and by Irish Diplomatic and Consular Missions overseas.”



National Travel Health Network and Centre

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

“The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) promotes standards in travel medicine, providing travel health information for health professionals and the public.

NaTHNaC is funded by the Health Protection Agency.”



Identity and Passport Service

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

“The Identity and Passport Service is responsible for issuing UK passports and identity cards and for the registration of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales. It is an executive agency of the Home Office.”



HM Revenue and Customs

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

“HMRC’s purpose is to make sure that the money is available to fund the UK’s public services. We also help families and individuals with targeted financial support”



Community Legal Service Direct

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

“Community Legal Advice is a free and confidential advice service paid for by legal aid.”



Citizens Advice

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

“The Adviceguide website is the main public information service of Citizens Advice, providing people with round-the-clock access to CAB information on their rights – including benefits, housing and employment, and on debt, consumer and legal issues.”



Consumer Futures

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

“Consumer Focus is the statutory organisation campaigning for a fair deal for consumers in England, Wales, Scotland, and, for postal services, Northern Ireland.

Advice for individuals on energy and post is given by Consumer Direct (08454 04 05 06).”



Trading Standards

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

“The Trading Standards Institute is a not-for-profit professional body formed in 1881. We have members in the public and private sectors in the UK and abroad.

TSI encourages honest enterprise and business and helps safeguard the economic, environmental, health and social well-being of consumers.”



ABTA

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

“Formed in 1950 by 22 leading travel companies, ABTA – The Travel Association – now represents over 5,000 travel agencies and more than 900 tour operations, throughout the British Isles. Our Members range from small, specialist tour operators and independent travel agencies through to publicly-listed companies and household names; from call centres to internet booking services to high street shops. All of them carry the ABTA logo, which means choice, value, and high levels of service. ”



Consumer Direct (formally the National Consumer Council)

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

“Consumer Direct is the government-funded telephone and online service offering information and advice on consumer issues. Consumer Direct is funded by the Office of Fair Trading and delivered in partnership with Local Authority Trading Standards Services.”



Consumer Council (Northern Ireland)

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

“The Consumer Council represents consumers and gives them a voice. We ensure that the policy makers in Northern Ireland hear that voice and take it into account when they are making decisions that affect us all.”



Department of Transport

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

The Department for Transport’s aim is transport that works for everyone. This means a transport system which balances the needs of the economy, the environment and society.



Department of Foreign Affairs (Republic Of Ireland)

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

The Mission of the Department of Foreign Affairs is to advance Ireland’s political and economic interests in the European Union and in the wider world, to promote Ireland’s contribution to international peace, security and development both through the European Union and through active participation in international organisations, in particular the United Nations, to protect our citizens abroad, and to pursue reconciliation and partnership on the island of Ireland.



Foreign Office

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

“What we do

This is where you’ll find information on all our key roles from supporting British nationals overseas to promoting British business to legalising documents. ”



Air Transport Users Council

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

see Civil Aviation Authority.
The AUC was wound up in March 2011.



Irish Aviation Authority

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

“The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is a commercial state-sponsored company which was established on 1 January 1994 to provide air navigation services in Irish-controlled airspace, and to regulate safety standards within the Irish civil aviation industry through…”



Civil Aviation Authority

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website:

“The CAA is the UK’s independent specialist aviation regulator. Its activities include economic regulation, airspace policy, safety regulation and consumer protection.”



Passenger Focus

Sep 28th, 2009 | By

From the website

“We are the independent passenger watchdog. Our mission is to get the best deal for passengers.

We are an independent public body set up by the Government to protect the interests of passengers.”