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Travel: general

Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)

Includes information about ABTA, destination research database, consumer services, lists of offers and details of the more than 1,800 members and their services.

World Travel Guide

Includes city, region and continent guides, and information about regional and international airports, and worldwide tours, attractions and cruises.

Currency Converter

This online universal currency converter includes the 180 known currencies used throughout the world.


Search for and book flights, hotels, holidays, car hire and insurance, and view city and destination maps and country and city guides.

Fit for Travel

Health information for people travelling abroad from the UK, provided by the NHS (Scotland).

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Part of the FCO website provides country-specific travel advice, case studies of what can go wrong whilst abroad and what the FCO can do to help, and pre-travel checklists and general tips and advice.

Identity and Passport Service

The IPS provides online facilities for British nationals resident in the UK to apply for, renew and amend their passports, and includes general travel advice, guidance about visas and travel documents, and information about the IPS and its work.

Search for and book flights, hotels, holidays and car hire.

Lonely Planet

Country, city and destination guides, searchable via place name or by theme, such as islands and safari.

National Travel Health Network and Centre

Health information for people travelling abroad from the UK. Includes country specific advice and information fact sheets on current health risks.

Search for and book hotel accommodation, worldwide.

Rough Guides

Country, city and destination guides, including travel journals submitted by other travellers.

Time Out

136 city guides, including where to stay, where to eat, sightseeing and attractions.

Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory

Official tourist information sources, worldwide, including those sponsored by governments, chambers of commerce, visitor and tourism bureaux and similar organisations.

Transport Direct

Sponsored partly by UK central and local government, Transport Direct provides information about integrated public transport use and car journeys. Compare bus, train and car journeys, search for and buy tickets online, and view live departure boards in 2,500 railway stations.

Transport for London

TfL’s website provides maps, a journey planner, news and updates and information about ticketing and congestion charging, and includes subsections covering all modes of transport available in London.

Travel Doctor

UK doctor and pharmacist provide medical advice for travellers, including simple diagnosis, and match medication and treatments to particular ailments.


Search for public transport journeys and timetables in the UK, by bus, coach and train or a combination of any or all three.


American travel portal, with links to websites dedicated to searching for and booking flights, holidays and accommodation.

Visit South West

The official guide to south west England includes information about the region, holiday, accommodation, eating out and attraction guides, and things to do and activity calendars.

Detailed weather information and forecasting from the Weather Channel, covering the UK, Europe and major cities worldwide.

World Climate

Searchable database containing about 85,000 records for tens of thousands of places worldwide. Using historical data, the information shows typical monthly weather conditions, including average daily temperature and average rainfall.

World Health Organisation: International Travel and Health

Includes up-to-date information about health risks and how to avoid them, and vaccination requirements for every country in the world.