What to know before you go

  • overtrousers

    Waterproof overtrousers

    From a drizzly day to a sudden squall, waterproof trousers are key to keeping your legs in good walking order whether hiking or sight-seeing around town. We test out your essential travel kit, so you don’t have to

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  • Career breaks

    Career breaks

    Life in stasis? Time to plan that biiig break – follow our tips to put together your ideal odyssey

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  • Money

    Make more of your travel money (Inguat)
    Saving money

    We all want to go far for less – follow our ten commandments of savings to maximise your travel money

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  • Travel Insurance

    Travel Insurance

    Boring but essential, travel insurance is one travel staple you shouldn't scrimp on. Here's our buyer's guide

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  • Disabled

    Disabled travellers

    Travel plans being stymied? Read our tips to help overcome obstacles and enhance your travel experiences

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  • Passports

    Passports & visas

    Get the lowdown on the bureaucracy of borders with our guide to the essential travel documents

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  • Gear


    Choose the right gear for your travels with our handy guide

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  • Volunteering

    Volunteer on a marine conservation project (Sullivan Seeley/Earthwatch)

    Community or conservation volunteering can be the most fulfilling elements of travel. Read our planning tips to make the most of your time

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  • Green

    Sustainable travel

    Have the best travel experience with the most positive impact with our tips for sustainable travel

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  • Solo

    Solo travellers

    Travelling alone can be a daunting prospect, so we’ve put together a list of top tips to help you on your way

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  • Planning


    The best-laid plans... lead to the most memorable travel experiences. Follow our planning tips to make the most of your trip

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  • Travel Safety

    Travel Safety

    Maximise your chances of staying safe on your travels with our quick guide

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  • Health


    Stay fit and well on your travels with our specialist advice and archive of travel health articles

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  • Long-haul health questions answered

    Don't let poor health stop you from exploring the planet
    Long-haul health questions answered

    Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth looks at the ten key heath questions to consider before heading off an your exciting round the world adventure

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