Travel Tips and News

From preparing to visit somewhere new to getting your passport application through first time, the Post Office is here to help. 

We really do know a thing or two about travel preparations. Here are some of our best tips so that you can get everything sorted now, relax and get that holiday feeling.

Holiday Costs Barometer 2018

Compares prices in 18 of Europe’s most popular beach resorts and discover the average cost of tourist staples.

Average cost of a European city break 2018

European City Break Report 2018

Compare the average cost of typical purchases made by visitors on a city break across Europe

Holiday Money Report 2018

How expensive will your holiday really be? Compare costs at the most popular global resorts.

What are biometric passports?

What are biometric passports?

Find out everything you need to know about ePassports with our quick and simple guide.

Rules for passport photos

Knowing the right size, format and requirements for UK passport photos will help your passport application to be processed without delay.

How to replace a lost or stolen passport

Replace lost passport

If you lose your passport in the UK or while you're abroad don't panic. Follow our guide to reporting and replacing a lost or stolen passport

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EHIC

It is free to apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). A EHIC entitles you to free and discounted state medical care in the European Union and Switzerland.

An ESTA allows you to visit the US for less than 90 days without needing a visa.

ESTA

If you're planning a short trip to the USA then you will need an ESTA (US visa waiver) giving you permission to visit without a visa. Apply for an ESTA today.

Apply for your International Driving Permit, so you can drive whilst you're abroad.

International Driving Permit

Find out more about driving abroad or apply for an International Driving Permit from the Post Office for just £5.50 for the whole year.

International Certificate of Vaccination

Travel vaccinations

Stay safe abroad by making sure you have the right vaccinations before you leave

Travelling to Thailand? Check which vaccinations you should consider before travelling.

Vaccinations for Thailand

It’s important to know what vaccinations or injections for Thailand you need to get before you leave home.

Passport Check & Send

Make sure you get your passport application or renewal right is first time with Post Office Passport Check & Send.

Passport Check & Send

Pre-travel checklist

Be sure you’ve packed what you really need with our pre-travel checklist

A list of essential travel items to make travelling hassle-free.

Travel essentials for your holiday

Tick off everything you need on holiday with our handy list of essential travel items. Use our list to help you to pack for your trip abroad.

Post Office travel hacks including tips for packing and booking flights.

21 travel hacks

Read our 21 holiday hacks to a stress-free holiday, from booking to perfect packing, this list includes all you need to know when going abroad.

Hand luggage allowances are dependant on your airline carrier, to avoid excess baggage fees check before you travel.

Hold baggage allowances

Find out the latest hold baggage allowances to avoid excess baggage fees.

When flying with hold baggage liquids are limited to 100ml bottles up to 1 litre in total

Carrying liquids in your hand luggage

Learn more about airline restrictions and rule on carrying liquids in your hold luggage.

Some medications are banned outside of the UK, make sure you check before travelling.

Can you take medicine on a plane?

With airport security rules and country restrictions on medication, it can be difficult to know what medicine you can carry on a plane.

Taking technology on a flight

Can I take my tech on a plane?

Learn about the rules for taking iPads, tablets, phones, batteries and laptops on flights

Taking pets on a plane

Can I take my pets on a flight?

Learn about airlines' rules around taking your pets on holiday

Our handy list of travel essentials for men will help you prepare for a fantastic, stress-free holiday.

Mens travel items

The complete list of men's travel essentials for enjoying your holiday.

Beach holiday packing list

Beach holiday packing list

From clothing to accessories to keeping entertained, we have the complete beach holiday packing list.

Wondering what to wear on a cruise? Our cruise packing checklist will make your travel planning hassle-free.

Cruise packing list

Read our guide to packing for a cruise to make sure you have everything you need set sail.

Holiday checklist for families

Holiday checklist for families

Planning a break with the kids? Read our family holiday packing checklist for a guide to essential items whether you're skiing or lounging on the beach.

Skiing packing list

Ski holiday packing essentials

If you're planning to swish down the slopes this holiday, check our skiing packing list too make sure you've got all the essentials.

Ask cabin crew to help secure your baby in their seat.

Flying with a baby

Tips to help you and you infant enjoy a stress-free flight

Travelling with a toddler will mean packing plenty of Wet Wipes and activities like colouring books.

15 tips for travelling with a toddler

Our best advice on going away with your child and helping you to enjoy your holiday as much as they do.

A guide to do's and don'ts when travelling with a dog

Travelling with your dog

Advice on pet passports, microchipping and how to keep your dog cool, calm and comfortable so you can both relax on holilday

Today's online foreign currency rates

Our best rates are available online - for all currencies, the more you buy the better the rate. Here's the rates for some of our most popular currencies:

Follow our guide full of tips for women travelling alone to stay confident on your journey, while your friends and family at home remain relaxed and reassured that you’re safe.

A guide for women travelling alone

Follow our guide for women travelling alone, full of tips to help you stay relaxed and confident on your journey.

Airbnb safety tips

Is Airbnb safe?

Are you considering booking accommodation through Airbnb? Follow our tips to on keeping safe.

Read our guide to going on holiday alone and make your trip exciting, memorable and fulfilling

Travelling alone

Our guide on tips to travelling on your own should give you the extra confidence you need to embrace your holiday whatever you choose to do.

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Safety tips for winter sports

Skiing, snowboarding and skating are adrenalin-filled sports, but can also be risky. Take our winter sports quiz.

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Ski safety

If you're heading off on a ski holiday follow our 10 tips to staying safe on the slopes.

Travel Insurance

If you're considering a trip away, make sure you're protected with Post Office Travel Insurance.

Travel Insurance

How much to tip on holiday

How much to tip on holiday depends which country you are visiting and what services you use. Read on for our guide to tipping etiquette.

Travel on a budget

Travelling on a budget

Read our tips for saving the pennies, cents or euros in our guide to travelling on a budget

Saving money on holiday

Nifty ideas to keep the costs down while you’re away

Travel Money

Whether you want to order your travel money to Click & Collect, on our pre-paid Travel Money Card or conveniently delivered to your home, Post Office has you covered when it comes to foreign currency.

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Find out how to claim in the event your luggage is  lost, delayed or damaged.

Delayed, lost or damaged luggage

Find out how to claim compensation if your baggage is lost, delayed or damaged.

Find out how to claim compensation for delayed or cancelled flights.

Cancelled or delayed flights

Don't be left out of pocket if your flight is delayed or cancelled.

Your airline going bust does not mean being stranded at the airport.

What to do if your airline goes bust

Sometimes the unexpected happens, find out next steps if your airline goes bust.

If your holiday company goes bust you may be protected if you booked with an ABTA member or are ATOL protected.

If your holiday company goes bust

If your holiday company goes bust, you'll need to be aware of your options and next steps.

What is ABTA and ABTA how can the UK's largest travel trade association make you feel secure in your travel choices.

What is ABTA?

Learn more about the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), how it works and what sort of protection it offers to UK travellers.

What does ATOL protected mean?

What is ATOL protected?

ATOL protection helps offer security to UK consumers booking flights.

How to say thank you

Wherever you’re going, a little politeness goes a long way. Here’s how to say 'thank you' in 20 different languages.

Don’t get lost!

Avoid travel anxiety and arguments when you're away

Nine handy travel apps

Free to download and super smart. Don’t leave home without your travel apps

Getting a free flight upgrade - what to do and what not to do.

Free upgrade to first class

Read our quick and simple tips to increase your chance of getting upgraded on a flight

Did you know?

Travel in real time

See key travel insurance stats in real time, as well as other stats related to how we travel

How to communicate with locals?

We surveyed British holidaymakers to find out their holiday worries and how they communicate with locals

Travel bloggers share their top tips for an affordable city break

City break travel tips

We asked some of the UK’s leading travel bloggers to share their top tips for an affordable European city break

Where is hot in March? We guide you through the best places to go for springtime sun.

Where is hot in March?

Looking for a hot destination in March? Read our tips to enjoying springtime sun

Where is hot in December? Read our guide to Christmas in the sun.

Where is hot in December?

Read out tips to escaping the Christmas chill in sunnier climates and find out where is hot in December.

How to stop motion sickness

How to stop motion sickness

Find out more about what is motion sickness, what are the symptoms, how to prevent it.

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How to protect your travel documents

Making sure you've got all of your travel documents stored electronically can help you to relax on holiday

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10 million British holidaymakers at risk

Almost 10 million Brits risk travelling without the right insurance, putting themselves and their families at risk

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Assisted Airport Travel

Many people need assisted airport travel but few are aware of the best way to get it. Learn more with our guide.

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Top tips for festivals overseas

Use our checklist to make sure you've got everything you need to travel abroad for festivals

UK Getaway

Do I need travel insurance for a UK getaway?

There may be reasons to get travel insurance for a UK getaway. Use our guide to find out.

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Keeping your valuables safe at the beach

Make sure you're keeping your valuables protected while you enjoy the sunshine

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Guide to embassies, consulates and high commissions

Everything you need to know.

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What to do if a strike affects your flight

How to deal with delays caused by strike action

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9 ways to save when buying your holiday

Make sure you're not missing out on discounts with our guide

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Travel insurance for USA

What to consider when looking for travel insurance for America

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Travel insurance for Turkey

Make sure you know how to access healthcare in Turkey and what to do about travel insurance

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Travel insurance for Spain

Learn about what travel insurance can offer alongside EHIC for holidays to Spain

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Travel insurance for Morocco

Read about healthcare and getting around in Morocco, and why to get travel insurance

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Travel insurance for France

Learn about why you might need travel insurance alongside your EHIC for trips to France

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Travel insurance for Australia

Learn about travel safety and healthcare in Australia and how travel insurance could help you

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Travel insurance for Thailand

Make sure you've got travel insurance for trips to Thailand, and learn about travel risks and how to get around

Canadian Kayak and Lake

Travel insurance for Canada

Trips to Canada promise amazing sights and bustling cities, but make sure you have travel insurance

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Travel insurance for India

Make sure you know about how to access healthcare in India and what travel insurance can do for you

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Travel insurance for Ireland

While it's part of the British Isles, you may need travel insurance for holidays to Ireland

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Travel insurance for Cuba

Having travel insurance is a requirement to enter Cuba, so learn about other ways it can help

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Top 5 world carnivals

Notting Hill Carnival is one of the most colourful carnivals in the world, but if you can't make it this year, here are 5 more you might enjoy!

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Travel insurance for Dubai

Travel insurance can help with loss of property, cancellations, medical costs and more. Find out about travel insurance for Dubai here.

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Getting away from the mainstream

If you're going away this Autumn, think about trying somewhere off the beaten track. Find out more here

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October sun

If you're hoping to continue the summer heat into the Autumn, here are our ideas for October warmth

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Travel insurance for Mexico

Travel insurance is a must in Mexico to protect against loss of possessions, theft and medical emergencies.

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Travel insurance for Italy

If you're going away this Autumn, think about trying somewhere off the beaten track. Find out more here

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Don't make these holiday mistakes

Some holiday mistakes are obvious, but others are less so. Take a look at our guide to make sure you don't overspend

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Schengen Travel Insurance

If you're studying in the UK from outside Europe and want to visit the EU, you might need a Schengen visa. Here's our guide

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Travel insurance for Egypt

Travel insurance is a must-have for holidays to Egypt. Here's what you need to know

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EHIC and Brexit

Wondering what happens to EHICs after Brexit? Here's information that can help while we wait on the negotiations