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Travel Essentials

Useful links to those essential items that make organising your travel that little bit easier.
The internet has, to varying degrees, turned most of us into independent travellers - as is probably demonstrated by the fact that you are on this site. However, despite the ease with which information is available, it is still a bit of a nuisance trying to track down all of the bits and pieces needed to create the perfect travel package.

To make life just a little bit easier, we have partnered with some of the best known names in the travel industry to provide most of what you should need to go travelling. All provide an immediate, secure online booking or purchasing service.  And as we come across new and useful travel-related products, we will add them to the page.

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Useful Travel Tips
Quick Translations
If  you want a quick, approximate translation of some foreign words or phrases before you venture abroad, try AltaVista Babel Fish

Altavista Babelfish: free instant translation
Free Health Care
Did you know that the free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles you to reduced-cost, sometimes free, medical treatment that becomes necessary while you're in a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland. The EHIC has replaced the old E111. From 1 January 2006, E111s are no longer valid. The quickest and easiest way to get an EHIC is to apply online.

NHS/European Health Insurance Card Application

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Priority Pass is the world's largest independent airport VIP lounge access program with over 500 lounges in more than 275 cities worldwide. Priority Pass membership provides airport lounge access irrespective of the class of travel or choice of airline. Members enjoy VIP treatment at airport lounges worldwide, including: complimentary drinks and refreshments, access to business facilities, newspapers, TV, phone, fax and internet access - all in a relaxed and comfortable environment away from the busy airport terminals.

Priority Pass: VIP Airport Lounges
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PurpleParking is the UK's largest airport parking operator, and has specialised in providing car parking for the business and leisure travel market for over 16 years. PurpleParking offers 'Park & Ride' and 'Meet & Greet' parking services at 19 major airport car parks across the UK.

PurpleParking:  Low cost airport parking
Holiday Taxis is the UK's leading provider of pre-bookable airport transfers to 3,000+ resorts and cities worldwide, and now offers a UK transfer service. Private airport taxis, group minibuses, low cost shuttles and limousines are available on their user friendly, secure website. They have also recently been awarded the prestigious 'Innovation in Travel & Tourism Award' by Travel Weekly!

Holiday Taxis: Airport Transfer Services
CarTrawler is a next generation global car rental distribution system, enabling customers to access pricing, availability and bookings from over 450 car hire suppliers in 134 Countries globally in real-time.
Car Trawler: Car Hire Search Engine
If you hire cars abroad, for business or holidays, this is a great product. For a low annual premium, provides excess insurance protecting the customer against excess charges whenever they rent a car. Your car rental agreement normally includes cover for Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft. However you are still liable for the Excess on CDW and Theft. When a rental car is damaged or stolen, the driver is asked to pay the first portion of the repair or replacement costs. This is known as the Excess. Insurance4carhire covers you not only for the total amount of Excess for which you are liable if the car is damaged or stolen, but also for damage to the roof and undercarriage of the car, and windows and tyres.
Insurance4CarHire: Excess Insurance Cover for Hire Cars
CD's, DVD's & Video Games
Help pass the time on a long train or air journey (or just keep the rest of the family quiet in the car), with CD WOW!  the leading online music retailer specialising in providing top quality CDs, DVDs and Video games
Travelling by coach is the most environmentally friendly form of public transport. When you travel by coach instead of by car, you are reducing your carbon emissions... and saving money. National Express is the largest scheduled coach service provider in Europe. In the UK the distinctive white National Express coaches operate to 1000 destinations and carry over 16 million customers a year. Eurolines coaches additionally operate to over 500 destinations within Europe and Ireland. If you are travelling anywhere to or from Warwickshire National Express Coaches provide an excellent service.
Book all major European ferries simply and securely online using the booking engine.

Book a cheap ferry to France or throughout Europe with LD Lines, Stena Line, P&O Ferries, Norfolkline, Brittany Ferries, Transmanche Ferries and many more, or view the latest ferry timetables, ferry special offers and ferry port information  Ferry Timetables and Secure Online Ferry Booking Engine
Kayak Software Corporation (UK)
One of the things we really like about this site is that, unlike most flight search engines, they also include the Budget Airlines and even airlines that don't sell through other online agencies.

Kayak: Find Cheap Flights from 100+ Sites with One Click
Perhaps not everyone considers golf to be a travel essential but as Bill Shankley famously said about football - "it's not a matter of life or death, it's more important than that..." So for those amongst us to whom golf is more than just a game, here are some useful and interesting sites...
La Manga Club in southern Spain is one of the world's great holiday resorts. La Manga Club has been voted resort category winner at the prestigious World Travel Awards 3 times in the past 5 years, andoffers: 3 golf courses, tennis centre, spa, swimming, fitness, squash, cricket, football, lawn bowls, pitch and putt golf, crazy golf, mountain biking, jogging and walking, beach, water sports, horse riding, go-karting, cultural tours, shopping, over 25 restaurants and bars and a lively nightlife. There is a superb range of over 2200 luxury villas, apartments; the five star Hyatt Regency Hotel; and tailor made golf and tennis holidays at La Manga Club.

La Manga Club:  Holiday & Golf Resort
Take the hassle out of finding a tee-time is the UK's largest on-line golf tee-time booking service offering real-time booking at more than 250 golf courses in the UK.
* Does it cost more to book online?                          No
* Will I pay more than at the course?                         No
* Can I cancel a booking?                                           Yes

TeeGenius: golf tee-time booking service
Discounted Green Fees
If there's one thing better than a round of golf, it's a discounted round of golf. 

2-FORE!-1 golf is the UKs leading discount green fee scheme and allows you to play at almost 1,000 clubs in the UK. You simply buy the vouchers direct from 2-FORE!-1, pick a course, book a tee time and go and play!

2-FORE!-1 golf:  Discounted Green Fees is the UK’s leading consumer golf website offering everything a golfer would need to pay and play. Golfalot is the only site to sell all the major discount green fee vouchers and users can search by course and/or discount.

Golfalot: Discounted Green Fees
PhotoBox is the UK market leader in online photo sharing and printing. You can upload your holiday photos and share them with your friends. The award-winning quality prints start from just 5p and are posted the same day worldwide.

Join today and receive 30 FREE prints and 1000Mb photo sharing space.

PhotoBox: Photo Sharing and Prints
Don't leave your holiday reading matter to chance and a last-minute dash through the airport or station bookshop. Country Bookshop is an independent entertainment, leisure and gift shop with over 3.2 million titles. Product range includes UK and US books, discounted magazine subscriptions, music, video, DVD, games, software, sheet music, outdoor accessories and gifts. Bargain books discounted up to 80%. Free UK delivery on orders over 25.

Country Bookshop: Books, Music, DVD, Games & Gifts
No matter where you are going, it always helps to be able  to speak even just a few words of the local language. Rosetta Stone is the world's No.1 foreign language software company, acclaimed for its success in helping millions of people learn a new language through easy-to-use software programs. 30 languages are offered in CD-ROM and Online Subscription format in up to 3 proficiency levels.
Rosetta Stone: Language Courses
One thing you can't travel without is luggage. eBags is the world's largest online retailer of bags and accessories, with over 120 top brands and 7,500 products.
eBags:  Travel Bags & Accessories
Make sure that, wherever you go, you don't get lost. is the world's largest online map store and has over 25,000 map & travel related products to choose from. Maps and Travel related  products from the world's largest maps store!

Personal Porter™ offers the newest and most innovative service in the travel industry, providing a global door-to-door luggage delivery service. By picking up and delivering luggage from & to the address of the customers choice, the service allows travellers to embark on their journey with hand luggage only, whilst Personal Porter™ ensures the safe and reliable delivery of their luggage.

Personal Porter: travel made easier
The environmental impact of car and plane travel is becoming a serious travel issue. As an environmentally more acceptable alternative, why not 'let the train take the strain'. The following sites will get you around the UK, Europe and beyond.
Rail Europe
Thinking of travelling around Europe by train? Whenever and wherever you want to go, there's a range of InterRail passes to choose from that offer complete flexibility. Rail Europe are the UK’s leading supplier of rail travel into France and Europe, whether a short break in Paris, a fortnight in Venice, a month backpacking across Europe or a Snow Train journey right into the heart of the French Alps.

Rail Europe: European Timetables & Secure Online Booking
thetrainline is the fully impartial rail ticketing website providing the cheaper way to buy train tickets online. provides fast, easy and secure access to timetables, tickets and fares for all National Rail journeys across the UK. For the consumer this means combining the speed and efficiency of the Internet with an increasing need to save time wherever possible. With a wide range of delivery options, enabling the customer to book up to 2 hours before travel, thetrainline is the easy way to buy train tickets. UK Train Timetables & Secure Online Booking
If you feel the need to pamper or be pampered from time to time - and who doesn't - a Spa break is a great idea. SpaFinder has thousands of spas worldwide and their mission is to empower people to find their perfect well-being experiences. And you can't argue with that sentiment

Spa Finder 
Rohan is the leading authority in functional travel clothing. Their range meets the requirements of a broad range of travellers – from specialist waterproofs for those trekking to Everest Base Camp to crease-free travel suits for the frequent business traveller.  They offer the most comprehensive range of travel and outdoor trousers available anywhere in the world – including the famous Rohan Bags – of which, over a million pairs have now been sold.

Rohan: Functional Travel Clothing
Everything you need for your travel peace of mind, whether a day trip to Skegness or a canoe safari down the Orinoco. has been providing tasteful travel gear -- luggage, laptop cases, travel accessories and travel gadgets  -- to UK consumers since 2002. Gadgets & Travel Accessories
Lonely Planet is the world's leading travel guide publisher. They publish over 600 titles in English and cover every corner of the planet. The guidebooks are also published in a number of languages, including French, Italian, Spanish, Korean and Japanese

Lonely Planet Travel Guides & Shop
BUPA is one of the best known names in medical and travel insurance. BUPA TRAVEL COVER offer specific insurance options for single trips, annual & multi-trips, Gap year travelling and business travel. BUPA also have 24 hour support for all of their customers.

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