What is the best source of travel advice?
Whether you're planning a two week vacation or a year long, round the world adventure, it can be hard to know where to turn to as a good source of good travel advice. Here we take a look at some of the best sources online, and how you can utilise them to their full potential.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provide comprehensive, up-to-date information on every country in the world. You'll find good information on safety and security, terrorism threats, local laws and customs, entry requirements, health and natural disasters. You'll also find contact details for the country's British embassy.
It really is a good idea to get into the habit of checking this site before you travel abroad. If the site warns against travelling to an area, your travel insurance policy could become void.
The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) is funded by the Health Protection Agency, and has the aim of protecting the health of British travellers. You'll find detailed, country-by country health advice, including a list of vaccines that you should have before you travel, malarial risks in the country, and how you can minimise the risk of getting ill abroad.
This site is aso used by healthcare professionals, demonstrating just how useful it can be regarding travel health.
If you're looking for a more general source of travel advice, Lonely Planet's Thorntree forum is hard to beat. You can search through thousands of threads and read postings by destination experts and like minded travellers. If you can't find the information your looking for in existing threads, you can post a new question.
Trip Advisor is a great source of travel advice for when you are trying to refine your plans. You're likely to find dozens of reviews for hotels and attractions in your destination - helping you to make an informed choice about the best places to stay and the best places to visit while you're there.