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Travel Information

Helpful Resources 

Travelling can be troublesome at the best of times, which makes planning an essential part of any trip. Whilst I prefer to travel with a rough plan, research can overt a wrangle. A travel guide such as Lonely Planet or Rough Guide can be like a bible when travelling in a foreign country. Savings made in transport alone, will prove a guide to be a shrewd investment. 

Travel Europe by air

Travelling Europe by air can be a cheap and efficient option for many, but deregulation has seen the market swamped with low-cost providers, making choice difficult.
We recommend that you use a flight search engines such as to find the best, latest and cheapest deals in the marketplace. A flight search engine is typically unbiased - it is in their interest to find you the best option, irrespective of the airline provider.
Whilst Low cost flights are readily available, err on the side of caution when racing to the checkout. Expect to pay taxes far in excess of the ticket price, in addition to fees for 'added extras', which you would expect to be included for free. Providers have begun to charge for check-in, payment, hold-baggage, administration, infants, amongst others. The message is clear: 'read the small-print'.

Don't forget to check where the destination airport is located- many budget airlines land at remote locations. This could lead to unforeseen additional costs or a night sleeping in the terminal.

Travel Europe by rail

Getting around Europe by rail is by far the easiest and possibly the most economical option. The European network is vast and quick to navigate. Substantial savings can be made by pre-booking or buying a multi-country pass.
RailEurope, Eurail and InterRail are the most prominent websites for purchasing tickets in Europe. All support cross-border travel and multi-country passes, ideal for flexible travel.
The Eurail pass is a money-saver for young passengers (under 25) who can save hundreds of euros in comparison to the adult ticket.

Travel Europe by road 

If you travel through the EU by road, you must possess a valid driving licence and vehicle registration documents.
Many of the same safety regulations apply throughout the EU, including wearing a seat-belt, using a mobile phone, and drink driving. Please note that laws vary in each country and whilst the alcohol limit varies between 0.2-0.8mg, some countries have a zero limit. Assume the latter.

Remember you can travel on the left-side of the road in Cyprus, Malta, Ireland and the UK. Please research the rules for each country, especially when you have to give way, which has variations around the European Union.

EU law dictates drivers must have third-party liability car insurance. Motorists who have comprehensive insurance at home are advised to check that their cover extends to other countries. Drivers should also possess their certificate of insurance or a green card. Asking your insurance company for a European accident statement form prior to travel, can save a lot of time if an accident did occur.

Travel Europe by water

Many EU countries are now providing regular, high-quality services as an alternative, or another option, to travelling by air, rail or road. Twenty EU countries have navigable inland waterways, with services running between ports. Maritime activity is predominantly focused around Western Europe, where ferry services have become a cheap method of travel.
For example, two passengers travelling from Newcastle (UK) to Amsterdam (Netherlands) can get a return ticket for £75/each (based on two berth cabin) with DFDS Seaways.


Hotels in many European cities can be expensive (~£50/night), but fortunately there are other options. Hostels are cheaper (~£25/night) but they will typically drop a little luxury and privacy, but promote sharing and sociability. Travelling alone, from hotel-to-hotel can be lonely, making hostels a great way to meet new people.

Please observe the seasonality of the European holiday market. The spring months are typically the cheapest for hotel rooms.


All residents of the European Union are entitled to the same healthcare benefits as residents of the country you are visiting. Whilst some countries provide free treatment, others require partial or full payment (refundable). To receive a refund, you must keep all your bills, prescriptions and receipts.

Free Volunteering Websites


1. HelpStay
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2. TEFL.in
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3. LiveAbroad.com
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4. FreeVolunteering.net
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