A Filofacts on … Travel

A FILOFACTS ON … TRAVEL

Some of this is old material from the Filofacts vaults but updated from best travel sites lists in Times, 29.1.13 and Inde august 2013.

Some work still to do. I might break it up into sections.  Meanwhile, you could break it up into sections. Attempting index below … ok, it’s worked but numbers refer to printed pages.  Come back later for a more sophisticated arrangement.

 

 

 

ACCOMMODATION, 1

AIRPORTS, 4

APPS, 4

BEACHES, 5

CRUISING, 6

CYCLING, 7

EATING, 7

FERRIES, 8

FLIGHTS, 10

GUIDES, 13

INSURANCE, 14

KIT, 15

LONDON & UK, 15

LUGGAGE, 18

MONEY, 18

MOTORING, 20

PHONES, 21

PREPARATION & PACKAGES, 21

TRAINS, 24

TRAVEL NEWS, 25

USA, 26

WEATHER, 26

 

 

 

 

 

ACCOMMODATION

(patrick collinson, gdn 25.8.12, says try hotel website too, before booking)

hotelscombined.com –Times’s first choice

hotels.com and expedia.com (same ownership)

booking.com

thehotelguru.com … sawdays.com … travelintelligence.com – opinionated guides

meethalfway.com – designed to find venues for guests/delegates coming from all directions

 

i-escape.com – boutique hotels, b&bs and houses to rent

slh.com – small luxury hotels

mrandmrssmith.com – as above

thewowhousecompany.co.uk – big bash venues

couchsurfing.org – hippie swappies

housetrip.com – private homes to rent

airbnb.co.uk – as above

craigslist.com and housetrip.com – private lets advertised

homesitters.co.uk and camelotproperty.com – cheap lets for house-minding

Home Swaps
from S Times via The Week
homeexchange.com -152 countries; £72 a yr.
homeexchangegold.com – top properties; £310 a yr.
homelink.org.uk – big in uk; £115 a yr.
swapymycitypad.com – £40 a yr.

i-escape.com – “privately owned and stylish” accommodation of all kinds

campinmygarden.com – pitches for festivals etc

coolcamping.co.uk

canopyandstars.co.uk – boats, yurts, caravans, etc.

hostelworld.com and hostelz.com – backpacker stops

hotwire.com …  lastminute.com …. laterooms.com … lowcostbeds.com … discounthotels.com  – discount specialists

quikbook.com –USA specialist

cntraveller.com – condé nast guide

fivestaralliance.com

exclusivehotels.co.uk

lhw.com – leading hotels of world

avantgardehotels.com – interesting comes first

uhotw.com – unusual hotels of world, for castles, caves, etc

sofitel.com – international luxury chain

swallowhotels.com – middling hotels chain

ibishotel.com and hiexpress.co.uk – budget chains

charmingsmallhotels.com – telegraph guide

 

house swaps:

intervac.co.uk … homebase-hols.com … homelink.org … slowtrav.com … gumtree.com … vivastreet.com … kijiji.com

 

old but check …

citadines.com for serviced apartments, or

sacoapartments.co.uk

lsevacations.co.uk for cheap london b& b in college holidays

 

london hotels …

londonreservations.net

berkeleypark.co.uk – has free parking and is near heathrow airport.

cheapish chain hotels in London:

belvedere rd se1 from

premiertravelinn.com;

southwark st se1 from

hiexpress.co.uk;

gypsy corner w3 from

encorelondonwest.co.uk;

also see

travelodge.co.uk.

 

old but check …

matchhotels.com is football specialist

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AIRPORTS

aph.com – airport parking and hotels

ifly.com – airport guides

**

APPS

sun teleg may 20 2012:

 

 National Rail Enquiries released an official app this month. Just like the website (nationalrail.co.uk), it includes schedule information, and also shows live departures and delays for any station. It is free and available on Apple and android devices, though there’s a £4.99 upgrade fee if you want a version without ads. Rail Planner (sprite-dynamics.com; £4.99) does a similar job for Windows Phone.

  • Train apps by Masabi (masabi.com) are an even better bet. Although these are branded for individual operators, you can use them to get tickets and timetables for any UK train. All their apps are free, run without ads and work on most phones with colour screens. These apps don’t charge a booking fee, even if you use a credit card, and commuters will love a facility that pinpoints your platform before it appears on station departure boards. Their best apps, for Trans Pennine and CrossCountry, also offer ticketless travel via on-phone “mTickets” for many advance purchases and allow you to book complex journeys, with multiple passengers and railcards.
  • It can be cheaper to divide a train journey into two tickets, known as “ticket splitting”. A new app called Tickety Split Lite (iPhone; free) calculates when a split ticket costs less. For example, buying two singles, from Manchester to Cheltenham then Cheltenham to Bristol, could cost £62 instead of £75 for a Manchester-Bristol journey, on exactly the same train without the need to leave your seat. For non-Apple users there’s the mobile-enabled website, splitticket.moneysavingexpert.com.
  • Bus travel is also easier by app: no more waiting at the stop hoping you haven’t just missed the last bus for ages. London Bus Checker (buschecker.com; iPhone, android; £1.99) locates you on a map, and shows the nearest stops, plus live departure information for buses due at each. A free upgrade, to become UK Bus Checker, is planned before the Olympic Games.
  • On Windows Phone, Next Bus UK (trafficandtravel.net; £1.49) performs a similar task, though not quite so elegantly.
  • Outside London, bus apps use a mix of live and timetable data provided by Traveline (traveline.info). Buses Due (Windows Phone) works in London only, and is free. London Tube Deluxe (mbarclay.net/tubedeluxe; iPhone; 69p) is a useful for navigating the London Underground.
  • Taxis aren’t getting left behind either. Gone are the days of standing in the street with an outstretched arm, in London at least. With GetTaxi (gettaxi.co.uk; iPhone, android, Blackberry; free), you can summon a cab, get an instant estimated arrival time, and watch on a map as it gets closer. There are no extra charges, and you can pay with cash or credit you have pre-loaded onto the app. More than 1,000 London cabbies are signed up and GetTaxi plans to roll into more cities “this year”.
  • Hailo (hailocab.com; iPhone, android; free) runs a similar service, with 4,000 London black-cab drivers, and is also looking into Blackberry and Windows Phone releases. Response times for central London average around five minutes. Just don’t leave your phone in the back of the cab.
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  • reader comment:

 

  • Hailo is excellent in the Capital, but for journeys in and especially out of London, I’d recommend 
    http://taxiroute.co.uk – that has iOS, Windows Phone and a facebook app.  It gives you the Hackney carriage fare between 2 locations, so you know what a fair price is.

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BEACHES

10 beautiful beaches

chosen by Tom Bell, editor of

goodbeachguide.co.uk

for teleg, march 08:

http://tinyurl.com/37xjfb

Redpoint North, Gairloch, Wester Ross

Rhosneigr Beach, Isle of Anglesey

Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula, South  Wales

Silver Sands, Aberdour, Fife

Croyde Bay, North Devon

Burgh Island, Bigbury, Devon

Holy Island, Northumberland

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

Magilligan Strand, Benone, Londonderry

Hemsby Beach, Winterton-on-Sea,  Norfolk

 

 **

 

CRUISING

See http://tinyurl.com/q7yvdag

for a separate Filofacts on cruising, including a Teleg guide to offbeat cruises.

 

discovercruises.co.uk – run by the passenger shippg assn

cruise.co.uk – indie guide

cruisecritic.co.uk – a TripAdvisor spin-off

old but maybe still good …

teleg guide to river cruises march 2010:

http://tinyurl.com/y9v66bn

teleg guide to cruise companies august  09:

http://tinyurl.com/yd76xst

cruiseselect.co.uk – Fred Olsen

cruise1st.co.uk – royal caribbean

voyanacruise.com – bargains

 

strandtravel.co.uk

and

cruisepeople.co.uk

specialise in putting passengers on cargo ships

 

 

berlitzpublishing.com

does The Complete Guide To Cruising & Cruise Ships

 

seafarercruises.com is a specialist in small ship and yacht cruises

 

scottish cruises:

themajesticline.co.uk

0131 623 5012

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CYCLING

Bikely.com – cyclists swap route info

sustrans.org.uk

 

**

 

EATING

chowhound.com – mainly usa

eater.com – usa

toptable.co.uk

**

 

FERRIES

old but check …

ferrycheap.com does offers

seat61.com does combined rail/ferry offers

also see ferrywebsites.co.uk … ferryto.com … ferrybooker.com … ferrysaver.com … ferrysale.com … directferries.co.uk/offers.htm … speedferries.com is a budget channel-hop specialist

channel crossing:

dover-calais 90 mins w seafrance.com or poferries.com

dover-boulogne 55 mins w speedferries.com

portsmouth-cherbourg 180m w brittanyferries.com

newhaven-dieppe 180m w transmanche

folkestone-calais by eurotunnel 35m

 

BrittanyFerries.com: Portsmouth to Caen, Cherbourg, St Malo … Poole to Cherbourg … Plymouth-Roscoff

CondorFerries.com: Poole and Weymouth to St Malo … Portsmouth-Cherbourg

dfdsseaways.co.uk for newcastle-amsterdam

and harwich-esbjerg

 

irishferries.co.uk for britain-dublin

 

LDLines.co.uk: Newhaven or Portsmouth to Le Havre

NorfolkLine.com: Dover-Dunkerque

Poferries.com: Dover-Calais

Seafrance.com: Dover-Calais

SpeedFerries.com: Dover-Boulogne

stenaline.co.uk – harwich-hoek and rail-sail deals from london to holland

TransmancheFerries.com: Portsmouth-St Malo and Newhaven to Dieppe (much cheaper than Portsmouth routes).

 

To Spain

Portsmouth-Bilbao w P&O

Plymouth to Santander w Brittany: 32 hrs

portsmouth-santander in 24 hrs w brittany fm april 09

 

To Low Countries

Newcastle-Amsterdam w DFDS.

Rosyth-Zeebrugge w Superfast.

Ramsgate-Ostend w Transeuropa

Hull-Zeebrugge/Rotterdam w P &O

 

To Channel Isles

Weymouth-Guernsey w Condor

Portsmouth, Poole or Weymouth to Jersey w Condor

To Denmark

harwich-esbjerg w dfds.co.uk

 

To Iceland

iceland-faroes-shetland (about 30 hours all through):

smyril.ferries.org

 

To Ireland

Holyhead to Dublin or Dun Laoghaire: 1.5 hrs w Stena or Irish

Fishguard or Pembroke to Rosslare: 3.45h w Irish

Swansea-Cork: 10 hrs w Swansea-Cork (suspended service, 2007)

L’pool-Dublin: 8h w P&O or Norfolkline

Troon-Larne w P&O

 

Scottish ferries

Calmac.co.uk for Western Isles

Northlinkferries.co.uk for Shetland/Orkney

**

 

FLIGHTS

short cut:

dialaflight – 020 8225 0066

notes from the vaults: there is no surefire way to the cheapest fare and the cheapest fare can have costs in leg-room, meals, excess luggage etc …  agents put packages together to try to beat the market and “screenscrapers” search agents for the best deals … neither is infallible … a live travel agent might help pin down possible dates, routes, and packages …

airlinedestinations.co.uk lists is a good first check on possibilities – who flies fm whr, searchable by region

Flightmapping.com gives a-to-b info in graphic form

then get ballpark figs from the likes of

skyscanner.net or skyscanner.com

cheapflights.co.uk

flycheapo.com

opodo.co.uk – searches charters as well as schedules

expedia.co.uk does the same and is good on “open jaw” tickets (fly to one airport and back from another), which are cheaper than two one-ways but hard to find. Other specialists in this option are:

travelocity.co.uk – said to be good on long-haul bargains if you are flexible re dates

statravel.com – was a student travel specialist and is said to be good on point-to-point travel, as opposed to standard out-and-back

Other contenders …

Travelsupermarket.co.uk

Traveljungle.co.uk

travelzoo.co.uk

travelbag.co.uk

kayak.com

sidestep.com

lastminute.com

ebookers.com

mobissimo.com

momondo.com

adioso.com

skypicker.com

momondo.com

a2btravel.com

sidestep.com

kelkoo.co.uk

openjet.com

lowcostairlines.org

flycheapo.com: europe only

whichbudget.com

moneysavingexpert.com/flightchecker

and if really getting serious …

gooflight.com finds the cheapest way between two points in Europe, switching airlines if necessary and …

flightscanner.biz is a commercial service for travel agents

but for long-haul, and for quicker answers, and for flight-accom. packages, try brokers like …

trailfinders.com

expedia.co.uk

ebookers

travelocity.com

airline-network.co.uk

travelbag.co.uk

 

likely extra costs to check …

fuel supplement

passenger duty

ticket-on-departure charge (for late bookgs)

in-flight meal charge

costs of getting fm airport to destination

charge for credit card instead of debit card

booking fees, for using the phone

boarding rules for on-line check-in

 

deep research at …

airlinemeals.net

ifly.com – airport guides

airlinequality.com for standards of seats, food, etc

seatguru.com for seat numbering maps

Oag.com – Official Airline Guide

Airwise.com – complete schedules for airports and airlines around the world – plus an airport guide

Professionals subscribe to a guide to ticket sources from

globalguidebook.net/

Air passengers’ rights:

Ec regulation 261/2004

**

 

GUIDES

tourist-offices.org.uk – links to official sites round the world

spottedbylocals.com – bloggers introduce their cities

oyster.com – pro alternative to tripadvisor

travellerspoint.com – forum

lonelyplanet.com/thorntree – forum

inyourpocket.com – web version of established printed city guides

rough guides are aimed at penny-pinchers

lonely planet guides are aimed at backpackers

Time Out guides are more about going out

Cadogan guides are more upmarket

insideragency.com for links to local human guides

gridskipper.com majors on the alt. side of cities

boo.com is strong on cheap accommodation

wikitravel.org aims to build an encyclopaedia for travellers

I’vebeenthere.co.uk/places – guardian readers’ tips

telegraph.co.uk/destinations – telegraph city guides

guardian.co.uk/travel – guardian travel archive

whatsonwhen.com for events worldwide

shiphappens.co.uk – cruise criticism

travelfish.org – s.e. asia

contexttravel.com – serious backgrounders

old but check …

walkit.com for city directions

(see also London)

podcast guides from travelstreet.com …. soundwalk.com … soundsforsights.com … digitalpodcast.com … podcast.net

**

INSURANCE

Make sure it includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover.

Make sure it covers you for all activities, including hazardous sports.

Disclose pre-existing medical conditions.

Take your policy number and the 24-hour emergency number with you.

Teleg says:  Experts recommend having cover for £2m of medical expenses, £1m personal liability, £3,000 cancellation cover and £1,500 baggage cover.

Gdn, 5.9.9, says older people with pre-existing medical conditions can get cover from

ehicplus.com (assumes u hv european health insurance card)

www.world-first.co.uk

advertises may 2010 in sun tel for insurance for “thousands of medical conditions”

 

holiday car hire insurance:

moneymaxim.co.uk is guide to best deals

holidayautos.co.uk offers cheap excess cover

carhire3000 has had special offers on it

insure against payouts thro

dailyexcess.com

insurance4carhire.com

questor-insurance.co.uk

worldwideinsure.com

**

 

KIT

ifsogo.com

Stanfords.co.uk – maps and more

Nomadtravel.co.uk

travelhealth.co.uk

**

 

LONDON & UK

bhrc.co.uk – british hotel reservation centre

smoothhound.co.uk – indie b&b at all levels

English-inns.co.uk – pubs

farmstay.co.uk – farms

yha.org.uk – hostels

special-escapes.co.uk  and cottagehols.co.uk are self-catering specialists

i-escape.com – offbeat hols

holidaypad.net – alternative digs

interhome.co.uk – pets welcome

thebigdomain.co.uk – rentals for 12-plus

thelittledomain.co.uk – two- berth rentals

londonist.com – guide

secret-london.co.uk – guide

thenudge.com  – guide

golondon.about.com – guide

sustrans.org.uk – cycle routes

thefestivalcalendar.co.uk

whats-on-guide.co.uk

http://tinyurl.com/bookfair1 – book festivals

spottedbylocals.com – bloggers introduce their cities

thenudge.com – on London

londontransport.co.uk and/or thetube.com

lsevacations.co.uk for cheap london b& b in college holidays

goodbeachguide.co.uk – Marine Conservation Society guide

old but check …

walkit.com for city directions

touristnetuk.com

toptable.co.uk (restaurant deals)

visionofbritain.org.uk

old but check …

londonreservations.net

berkeleypark.co.uk:

has free parking and is near heathrow airport

cheapish chain hotels in London:

belvedere rd se1 from

premiertravelinn.com;

southwark st se1 from

hiexpress.co.uk;

gypsy corner w3 from

encorelondonwest.co.uk;

old but check …

rough trade record shop, w11:

020 7229 8541

uk record shops directory at spinningwax.com/

 

whatsonstage.com:

for London theatre

events24.com includes cinema

londontouristboard.com

londontown.com

officiallondontheatre.co.uk

 

old but check …

travelengland.org.uk

visitscotland.com

visitwales.com

waterscape.com for boat hols

garden-links.ndo.co.uk

rspb.org.uk/reserves

plantlife.org.uk – flowers guide

Nationaltrail.co.uk – long-distance walks

naturalengland.org.uk/visitors

snh.org.uk/nnr-scotland

ccw.gov.uk/places/

countrysideaccess.gov.uk

countrywalks.defra.gov.uk

forestry.gov.uk

nationaltrust.org.uk

**

 

LUGGAGE

In D. Tel. 24.8.13, Steve Hawkes reports on a survey by Which Travel? pointing out it is often cheaper to use a specialist luggage courier rather than paying to go over the allowance on a budget airline.  But it requires a bit of forward planning.

Couriers include SendmyBag, FetchMy and the Luggage Delivery Company.

travelwithcare.com sells locks which security staff can open.

**

 

MONEY

Latest post on this …

Emma Simon, Your Money, Teleg. 13.7.13, has worked with Travelsupermarket.com to check costs of using plastic abroad. Best bet all round is a debit card on a Norwich & Peterborough account, which would charge £428 to withdraw 500 Euros in cash, in one go or instalments. Some banks would charge £450.
Short of opening a new bank account, you can use a Halifax Clarity Credit to get the same bill for £500 of spending but cash on a credit card costs extra.
Halfway up the table of costliness, pre-paid cards are a good compromise solution, with some advantages in security.

previously:

xe.com – currency conversions and purchases

travellers’ cheques still have some advantages – try M&S

get pre-paid plastic in local currencies from:

mytravelcash.com

fairfx.com

cashpassport.com (travelex)

 

get cash from:

travelmoneyservices.co.uk

iceplc.com

bestforeignexchange.com

travelmoneymax.com

 

debit cards are cheaper than credit cards but credit cards offer insurance.

check card costs at uswitch.com

 

try also

moneysavingexpert.com/foreigncharge

saga & nationwide hv bn best in past

 

try m&s for travel cheques

 

international money transfers

globalwebpay – new cut-price competitor

hifx.co.uk

currenciesdirect.com

 

**

 

MOTORING

insurance:

holiday car hire insurance:

icarhireinsurance.com

moneymaxim.co.uk is guide to best deals

holidayautos.co.uk offers cheap excess cover

carhire3000 has had special offers on it

insure against payouts thro

dailyexcess.com

insurance4carhire.com

questor-insurance.co.uk

worldwideinsure.com

 

route planning:

Nick Trend, Tel, 16.6.12, on alcohol limits for driving abroad …

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-advice/9338731/Driving-abroad-k

 

Route planning …

theaa.com

rac.co.uk/route-planner

viamichelin.co.uk

routes.tomtom.com

maps.google.co.uk

greenflag.com

 

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PHONES

needs updating but old notes say …

* A dual sim-card adapter, around £10, could enable your phone to take calls on your usual number but call out on the local network .

* Ask your phone company about special offers on “roaming”.

* Get a temporary number in the country or countries you are going to by buying a pre-paid card  from

0044.co.uk or

Sim4travel.com
* Check costs at onecompare.com/

**

 

 

PREPARATION & PACKAGES

* go mid-day, mid-week, to avoid queues and get best prices

* early July is cheaper than late July; late August is cheaper than early August; and Whitsun (mid-June) is cheaper than high summer

* busiest fortnight of the year is last 2 weeks in June

rome2rio.com – possible routes from a to b

theaa.com/route-planner/index.jsp – goes beyond uk

aito.co.uk – assn of inde tour operators

lastminute.com – bargain packages

hipmunk.com – new contender

travelfusion.com – subscribers’ site for business-class travellers?

intrepidtravel.com – aussie-run adventures

viator.com – offbeat experiences

greentraveller.co.uk – Europe without flying

weather2travel.com

accuweather.com

walkjogrun.net – downloadable footslogging maps

theweekenders.co.uk – short breaks

501places.com – travel blogger’s guide

gov.uk/foreign-traveladvice-guide – foreign and comm. office advice

get European Health Insurance Card from ehic.org.uk (or get form fm post office)

cdc.gov/travel – American guide to health risks and precautions

masta.org represents private clinics offering a traveller service

http://traveline.info/ – uk public transport

 

here follows an old list which might still be useful:

for bargain offers … Mobissimo.com … expedia.com is now a veteran … ebookers.com is a big rival … teletext.co.uk is nice and simple … latedeals.com and lastminute.com specialise in cancellations … blacktomato.co.uk has picked up a lot of praise for offbeat package organisation … bargainholidays.co.uk … otbeach.com … travelsupermarket.com …

kayak.com (for budget travellers)… cheapflights.co.uk … trailfinders.com … expedia.co.uk … travelocity.com … travelbag.co.uk … kuoni.co.uk … travelzoo.com … onlinetravel.com … lowcostholidays.com … packyourbags.com.

 

High St gone online: thomascook.com … thomson.co.uk … firstchoice.co.uk …

 

Abta membership: check provider for abta membership and insurance at abta.com

 

specialists: itcclassics.co.uk and jod.uk.com (journeys of distinction) and vjv.com (voyages jules verne) specialise in interesting rather than cheap …

travelcounsellors.com gives you travel agents working from home … slowtrav.com specialises in stop-and-savour tours

audleytravel.com is an exotic locations specialist (africa etc)  … so are regent-holidays.co.uk and expertafrica.com and transindus.co.uk (china etc) … and latinamerica.co.uk … and pettitts.co.uk (india etc) and somak.co.uk (africa, china etc)

aito.co.uk and realholiday.co.uk list independent specialist travel agents …

trailfinders.com has human back-up … statravel.co.uk was a student travel specialist and is said to be v. good on point-to-point travel, as opposed to standard out-and-back … responsibletravel.com and ethicalescape.co.uk tryto do it Right … rovos.co.za for vintage plane travel

holidayaccessdirect.com for the disabled … solotravelonline.com or singlesholidays.com for the single … or solitairhols.com … thelmaandlouise.com for females … companions2travel.co.uk tries to link up people planning the same trips

 

AUSTRALIA: austravel.com or bridgeandwickers.co.uk

Aussie internal budget airline is jetstar.com

FAR EAST: coxandkings.co.uk

CHINA: sanyachinatravel.com

 

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SKI

skiclub.co.uk

welove2ski.com

**

 

TRAINS

seat61.com – the original online guide to railways of Europe and beyond, by mark smith

trainline.com

redspottedhanky.com

some of the rest is old and needs checking …

for railway maps:

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/maps.aspx

or buy a Thomas Cook map via Amazon

for London see

londontransport.co.uk and/or thetube.com

railcards at £20 are worthwhile if you are going to spend at least £60 on standard fares

railcard.co.uk/

see railchoice.co.uk for a selection of all-in passes

tip: if you hold a discount card, check offers without it – system has been known to glitch …

eurotunnel.com for car train thro Chunnel

eurostar.com for passenger services to Paris or Brussels

raileurope.co.uk for info on tickets and passes for 31 countries, including Eurostar services

euro-network guide:

railteam.eu/en/

 

specialist Great Rail Journeys at greatrail.com

sun tel guide to 5-star rail journeys (16/9/07):

http://tinyurl.com/2yfpqp

bahn.co.uk hs good euro timetables esdp. for germany, scandinavia, central and eastern europe.

 

french trains

voyages-sncf.fr

(click the union flag for translation or see english version at raileurope.co.uk):

good for france, switz, italy, spain.

see also idgtv.com?

 

see Thomascookpublishing.com for the Independent Travellers’ Edition of the European Rail Timetable

 

aussie trains … bridgeandwickers.co.uk

indian trains … gwtravelco.uk

the rockies explorer … titanhitours.co.uk

andean highlights tour … orient-express.com

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TRAVEL NEWS

your-hols.com

skift.com

gadling.com

 

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UK

see London and UK

**

USA

zoom.com is new budget line fm gatwick

check covacations.co.uk for new york packages

check titanhitours.co.uk for canada packs

check travelsphere.co.uk for california tours

rv hire via cruiseamerica.com

funwayholidays.co.uk and americanavacations.com are us package specialists

 

New York:

check nymag.com for guide

check for sample sales in garment district

saksfifthavenue.com is a must

anthropologie.com for homeware – w broadway

see nycgo.com for deals on hotels, broadway shows and restaurants

 

 

WEATHER

weather2travel.com

accuweather.com

bbc.co.uk/weather

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