London's essential services
Posted: Tue May 22 2007
Aer Lingus(0870 976 5000/ www.aerlingus.com).
BMI(0870 607 0555/ www.flybmi.com).
BMI Baby(0870 264 2229/ www.bmibaby.com).
British Airways(0870 850 9850/ www.ba.com).
Easyjet(0905 821 0905/ www.easyjet.com).
Ryanair(0871 246 000/ www.ryanair.com).
Virgin Atlantic(0870 380 2007/ www.virginatlantic.com).
Grown-up gap years
Gap AdviceAn indispensable independent website that offers heaps of sensible, impartial tips for prospective gappers, whether they plan to go on their own or pay to go with a group. Features a useful downloadable budget calculator. (www.gapadvice.org).
Gap GuruSpecialises in volunteer trips to India. It aims to ‘create placement opportunities where they will do most good’, matching individuals with projects.(www.gapguru.com).
Gap WorkA sensible advice site with plenty of links to resources explaining how to apply for jobs or get visas. The emphasis is on turning your trip to your CV’s best advantage.(www.gapwork.com/careerbreak).
Gap YearA comprehensive site that says it’s a ‘one-stop shop’ and the ‘UK’s largest gap-year community’. Buy round-the-world tickets, rucksacks, travel guides, as well as tracking down potential travel mates .(www.gapyear.com).
Gap Year for Grown-upsLinked to Real Gap Year, this site for older travellers (that is, non-students) tells you where you can go and what you can do. The company’s team of 20 experienced travellers are on hand to get booking for you.(www.gapyearforgrownups.com).
Columbus DirectOften comes up with the most competitive quotes.(0870 033 9988/ www.columbusdirect.com).
EndsleighCheap suppliers of insurance for students.(0800 028 3571/ www.endsleigh.co.uk).
Worldwide Travel Insurance(0870 112 1100/ www.worldwideinsure.com).
Association of National Tourist Offices(www.antor.com).
XE.comInternational currency converter.
Weather sites(www.bbc.co.uk/weather/ www.weather2travel.com/ www.wunderground.com).
Passport Office ApplicationsRenews and issues passports for British Nationals.(0870 521 0410/www.ukpa.gov.uk).
Post OfficeProvides EHIC (the new E111 for European Healthcare). Also come here for Passport application forms and commission free currency, and foreign driving permits.(08457 22 33 44/www.postoffice.co.uk).
TravcourArranges visas for worldwide travel. (020 7223 5295/www.travcour.com).
Ebookers(0870 821 4000/www.ebookers.com).
STA TravelCheap travel for under-26s.(0870 160 0599/www.statravel.co.uk).
TrailfindersTrailfinders is an independent travel company with 35 years of experience that will help you tailor-make your ideal trip and then book it all for you.(www.trailfinders.co.uk).
Wellbeing EscapesOnline company specialising in pampering holidays from yoga retreats to spa breaks across the globe(www.wellbeingescapes.co.uk).
Barcelona WeekWritten by expats living in Barcelona, this is an informative, weekly updated cultural guide to the city.(www.bcnweek.com).
ChowhoundGuide to eating in the five boroughs of New York. (www.chowhound.com).
Hostel WorldExcellent resource for finding budget accommodation.(www.hostelworld.com).
Just Off the Fast TrackLists places to stay near UK motorways and main routes if you need to bed down mid-journey.(www.justoffthefasttrack.co.uk).
National GeographicFor serious travellers, this has some exciting blogs about amazing trips. (www.nationalgeographic.com).
Ticket to RideTicket to Ride specialises in surfing gap experiences. Like Patrick Swayze in ‘Point Break’, you get to follow the waves – and gain a teaching qualification.(www.ttride.co.uk).
VillaramaRent villas directly from owners worldwide for cheap rates.(www.villarama.com).
Car RentalsOnline booking discounts and price comparison service(0845 225 0845/ www.carrentals.co.uk).
Easy CarNo-frills hire service.(0906 333 3333/ www.easycar.com).
RSelf-drive vehicles, starting at £35.25 for 24 hours.111 Shakespeare Rd, SE24 (020 7737 4737) Herne Hill rail.
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