Access information about several areas connected to overseas travel. These include other transport options, visas, embassies and missions, health and health insurance, backpacking, travel books & magazines, travel advisories, travel reviews by everyday people, … .
There is brief information about accommodation, technology access, even homesickness and how to cope with it.
A selection of major travel agents in Australia is provided. This does not attempt to cover every travel agent, nor is any specific recommendation given.
‘Hotels, Discount Hotels, Cheap Hotels’. Links to world hotels.
- International Hotel Search
- Hostelling International
- The Hotel Guide
Swiss site. Search and book at 60 000+ world hotels.
- World Executive
Hotels, reservations, hotel sites, city guides on every continent. 3 000 hotels world wide.
‘Great Rates for hotels, motels, apartments, resorts, bed & breakfasts in over 35 countries’.
- Airline Information
Opens at Deciphering your Airline Ticket but has links to airlines, aircraft, Air Travel Services, more.
‘Let FareCompare.com monitor airline ticket prices so you’ll be first in line to pick up the best deal on your quest for a cheap flight’.
Other Transport Information
- Going Overseas ?
Advice on driving overseas. Australian Drivers Training Association. Select from the menu at the bottom of the page.
- Road Travel
Advice from Smartraveller.gov.au.
Travel Europe By Train With a Eurail Pass. ‘Eurail.Com sells Eurail train passes online to travellers from all over the world. We are a subsidiary of the Eurail Group, which is a cooperation of 30 European Railway companies and shipping lines. Eurail offers rail passes to non-European residents who want to explore Europe in the best possible way : by rail’.
- European Rail Passes
Rail Travel Information - European Rail Guide. Accessing and using the European Rail network.
- Travel Notes
Using rail on all continents. Links to general and specific train travel e.g. Royal Orient Express to Cityrail, New South Wales.
- Backpackers Essentials
Online version of the magazine, back issues, lots of advice.
- Backpackers Ultimate Guide - Europe
Transport, destinations, hostels, work. By country.
Magazine to help the modern backpacker find the information to survive and enjoy their travels. Mostly about London.
- Airport Guides
Select by country and airport to get a range of information. You can also try World Airport Guides which start with major areas then go direct to a listing of airports in that area.
- Been There [Travel]
UK based [Guardian Newspaper]. People’s views on the places they have been. Mainly Europe, though other parts of the world have been covered.
- Bridge Pacific
Plan your itinerary, send it to travel agents, see which offer is best.
- Disabled Travel [also Mature Travellers]
Tips, tours, tales, accessible cruise lines, links, travel agents who can help.
‘FlyerTalk is an interactive community that provides up-to-date information on travel-related loyalty reward programs’.
- Google Earth
‘Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips’.
The Urban Travel Guide. Find all the ins and outs for major cities around the world - not just the everyday, but the unusual and just plain different.
Try these sites for help.
has a section where people report on their experience during overseas travel. If you want first hand information this may be worth visiting. but remember, everyone is different.
- OANDA - Travellers Channel
Information for the Leisure & Business traveller, Traveller Tools, Cheatsheets. Access a foreign exchange converter.
- Seven Seas Worldwide
‘Seven Seas Worldwide are world leaders in international relocation offering personal, corporate and student shipping and storage services to suit your needs. We have helped millions of people move abroad with our complete door-to-door shipping services taking all the stress from your international relocation’.
- The Man in Seat 61 …
‘The Man in Seat Sixty-One will tell you how to travel overland comfortably & affordably where you might think that air was now the only option’. Covers the world, but with a heavy bias to the UK and Europe.
Well presented !
‘5,000,000+ traveller reviews & opinions of hotels, vacations & more’.
- Weather Underground
Find what the weather is predicted to be wherever you are planning to go. Features on a significant other weather related information.
Customs, Passports, Safety, Visas.
- Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and
Information about working overseas.
- Australian Missions
Embassies, Consulates, Missions.
- Customs Information
Sales tax, customs duties, regulations if you buy from overseas or carry materials back with you.
- Embassy World
Information about embassies from all countries.
- Australian Passports
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade. Covers every aspect. Includes information on ePassports.
- Smart Traveller
Visas, passports, where, and where not to travel, what precautions to take through the Travel Advisories Index.
- Visa Information
Covers all countries.
Other Visa Information
- British Passport & Visa Information
Electronic System for Travel Authorisation. ‘International travellers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program are now subject to enhanced security requirements. All eligible travellers who wish to travel under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorisation using the following process’. If you do not, you could be refused entry on arrival.
- Other Countries Embassies & Consulates in Australia.
Health & Insurance
- CDC - Travellers’ Health
Specific topics about travellers’ health, information for travelling : with children, with those having special needs, etc.. Centre for Disease Control in the US.
- Travel Doctor
Fee-based, but reasonable value in what you can access about disease management, health alerts [some Free], links to useful sites [Free], more. Worth considering.
- 1 Cover Travel Insurance Australia
- Australia Post - Travel Insurance
‘Whether you’re travelling around the world or in Australia , make sure you’re protected from the unexpected. Australia Post offers great value travel insurance’.
- Columbus Direct [online completion]
- iTrek Travel Insurance
‘Travel insurance for the adventurous !’
- North Travel Insurance
‘North Travel Insurance offers a number of different international travel policies. This range includes a policy specifically designed for travellers who have already departed from Australia, who most travel insurance providers won’t cover’.
- NRMA Travel Insurance
Covers people from NSW, ACT and Tasmania. For Queensland travellers go to this NRMA site, for South Australian travellers go to this SGIC site and for Western Australian travellers go to this SGIO site.
- Online Travel Insurance
- Southern Cross Travel Insurance
Good rates, multiple plans. ‘For listed, controlled pre-existing conditions you do not need to apply for cover, obtain a medical assessment or pay any additional premium for these conditions’.
- Sydney Morning Herald Travel Insurance
Good rates, especially for purely Health Insurance.
- Travel Health Online
- Travel Insurance Cover
‘Through Travel Insurance Cover, Australian travellers can now access travel insurance at a significant discount’.
- Travel Insurance Direct
Easy to use site with useful information about popular destinations, options for students, frequent travellers, families, older people.
- Travel Trip Insurance
‘A Free, advisory website that gives a background about acquiring travel insurance during a education or work gap year and the benefits and coverage that goes with it’.
- World Nomads
Try these sites for help.
- Taxation Information
Do you still need to pay tax in Australia ?, What is the situation where you work ?. From the Australian Tax Office.
- Tax Links
‘Expats Australia’s Directory of essential Links for the Australian expatriate’.
Technology While You Travel
Try these sites for help.
- Cybercafes Worldwide
- Netcafeguide : World 66
- Techno Travel
‘How to access the internet while travelling’. Links to cyber cafes, Free email accounts, ways of accessing, etc..
Travel Magazines & Books
Access one of the great travel magazines [Condé Nast Traveller]. Quality information.
Mini-guides about places to visit, what to do there.
- Footprint Travel Guides
Similar to Lonely Planet.
Similar to Lonely Planet. Often has better detail about specific aspects.
‘The Premier Travel Resource for Women’. Includes a newsletter.
- Let’s Go
Similar to Lonely Planet. Call themselves ‘the budget guide’. Worth using.
- Lonely Planet
The best known of all the travel book groups - a book for just about everywhere. You can also use The Thorn Tree travel forums for information about places around the world. Different branches cover different parts of the world.
- National Geographic Traveller
- Outside Online
Covers travel with guides, more.
- Rough Guides
Popular travel guides.
- Sydney Morning Herald Travel
Search for and book travel, travel ideas, reports, questions answered, letters, special options, more.
- Thomas Cook
Money changers, producers of travel books.
‘Route planner, maps, tourist information, hotels, restaurants’. Now with GPS Navigation.
Tourist Offices & Information
- Tourist Information
Positive, useful site with a listing of information services available world wide.
Links for different countries’ tourist offices.
No longer in Australia, but still operating overseas
No attempt has been made to include every travel agent in Australia - an impossibility. Major groups are included, whether shopfront or online.
- Travel Compensation Fund
‘Australia’s primary means of providing compensation to eligible travellers who suffer loss as a result of the financial collapse of a participating travel agency business’. You can also find agencies covered by the scheme.
Claims the cheapest airfares you will find. Also tour packages.
- Costless Holidays
Covers holidays and airline tickets. This link opens on the airline ticket page.
- Harvey World Travel
National chain of travel agents found in cities, major towns.
- Jetset Travel
All aspects of travel, on and offline.
For any travel and touring in New Zealand.
- Last Minute
‘Compare last minute accommodation, international flights & holidays’. If you don’t mind taking a chance you might get a bargain.
- Oz Flights Guide
Links to other online sites. Access for best prices for accommodation, tours, flights, etc..
- Payless Travel
Discounted air travel from Australia to overseas countries.
- STA Travel
Travel arrangements and tours organised by a reputable chain.
- Student Flights
The best student fares. Others can use it, just not quite as cheap.
- The Flight Centre
Now indicating they will better any given price.
‘Worldwide tailor-made travel arrangements’. All aspects of travel, accommodation.
No longer in Australia, but still operating in the UK and Ireland.
600+ agencies across Australia. Check options available through Flightscene, which allows for comparison fares and finding cheaper fares.
Online airfares for most airlines. You need to add the Processing Charge and Credit Card charges when finalising the cost of fares.
Find accommodation in 35+ countries. Some limitations apply.
Online travel booking service promising significant discounts.