Top 10 Travel Tips
1. Please ensure that you carefully read your World Odyssey pre-departure information.
This contains essential advice specific to your journey.
2. Inform your bank of your travel arrangements prior to departure so your credit card is not stopped when you are abroad.
3. Ensure your passport is valid for six months from the time you arrive back in the UK and make sure you take a photocopy of your passport.
4. Make sure you have the correct visa in place.
5. Take your travel insurance documents.
6. Take a universal adaptor – available to purchase in any decent duty free electrical shop
7. Phone/camera battery charger.
8. Weigh your luggage at home prior to arrival at the airport.
9. Ensure any cosmetics, medicines or similar you plan to take on your flight as Hand Luggage are in containers of less than 100ml. Anything bigger than this will be confiscated during your security check.
10. Check Kate Humble’s ‘Stuff Your Rucksack’ site!
World Odyssey can recommend the following organisations:
VisaExpress can process a travel visa or passport request fast – often in as little as one day. VisaExpress can assist you in obtaining travel visas to over 200 countries and electronic visas like an Australian ETA or US ESTA. VisaExpress can help secure UK passport renewals and other documents, such as letters of invitation, legalisations and document translations. www.visacentral.co.uk/worldodyssey
Tristar Chauffeur Service provide airport transfers. Tristar even double check your booking against a flight and address databases to ensure that they are always in the right place at the right time. After your initial call or online request, a profile can be created to make subsequent bookings even quicker. www.tristarworldwide.com
Bradt Guide books provide in-depth knowledge, real insight, a personal touch and, perhaps above all else, a sense of the quirky and unique. Bradt have a reputation for the high quality of its writing, for tackling ‘unusual’ destinations and for championing the causes of sustainable travel. Bradt books are as much travelogues as travel guides, infused as they are with the personal voice and accounts of each author. www.bradtguides.com
The Hospital for Tropical Diseases is a useful reference for any questions on travel health. It is the only National Health Service Hospital dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tropical diseases and travel related infections. The Hospital serves those who are preparing to travel together with long and short term returned traveller. Country advice is dispensed via a premium-cost telephone advice line – see the bottom of their ‘Travel Clinic’ page. www.thehtd.org
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office – ‘the FCO’ or ‘the Foreign Office’ for short – is the department responsible for promoting British interests overseas and supporting our citizens and businesses around the globe. www.fco.gov.uk
The Safari Store is a specialist supplier of Safari Clothing, Safari Luggage, Binoculars, Safari Books and Safari Accessories. The Safari Store’s Safari Packing Advice, and Safari Clothing & Gear Packing Lists are relied upon by specialist safari tour operators, safari travellers, and the BBC.
Nomad Travel Store – for maps, books, clothing, footwear, and gift vouchers
Purple Parking offer a Park & Ride service or a Valet Service where a chauffeur meets you outside the terminal and drives your car to their car park and on your return a chauffeur returns your car to you outside the terminal. www.purpleparking.com
Lounge Pass – provide access to lounges at airports around the world, regardless of whether you are flying business or economy class. www.loungepass.com
First Luggage arranges for your luggage to be collected from your home and delivered to your chosen destination without hassle or stress. You just fly with your hand luggage and can turn up for your flight luggage-free much nearer your departure time feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to enjoy your holiday. www.firstluggage.com
Travelpharm is a member of the Government’ ‘Know Before You Go’ scheme and aims to meet your travel health needs. First aid and medical kits, total sun block, travel sickness tablets, water purification tablets and flight socks are available. As a registered pharmacy Travelpharm can complete your travel kit by providing you with pharmacy only medication such as diarrhea treatments and travel sickness preparations. Travelpharm can provide up-to-the-minute details of vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements for your destinationon as a free of charge basis. www.travelpharm.com
Pack for a Purpose believes people fortunate enough to travel to other countries often wish they could make meaningful contributions to help meet the needs of the places they visit. Such contributions are one way of expressing appreciation for the experiences and hospitality they enjoyed in other lands. The scheme encourages you to use available space in your luggage to provide supplies to communities you visit. For example for 5 pounds (2.27 kilos), you can bring: 400 Pencils, or 5 deflated soccer balls with an inflation device, or a stethoscope, a blood pressure cuff and 500 band-aids.
Stuff your Rucksack is Kate Humble’s charity and encourages adventurous travellers to take something useful to the Community they are visiting. The Charity aims to show how a simple gesture and connecting with a community can bring indescribable joy. www.stuffyourrucksack.com