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.

What are biometric passports?

What are biometric passports?

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

EHIC card


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.


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Tips for 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.

Tips for travelling with kids

Advice on how to have a fuss-free flight when travelling with children.

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.

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.

Safety tips for winter sports

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

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

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

If you're going on holiday, how much you should tip depends which country you are visiting and what services you use. Read on for our guide to tipping etiquette.

Saving money on holiday

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

Post Office pre-paid Travel Money Card

Travel Money Card

Post Office's prepaid multi-currency card that’s convenient, easy to use and secure

Holiday Money Report 2018

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

Ski Holiday Report 2017

Planning your annual trip to the ski slopes? We've got good news. Prices have fallen in three quarters of the resorts we surveyed.

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.

foreign currency

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.

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.

What are biometric passports?

What are biometric passports?

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

City Break Travel Tips

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