Things to know before you go:
Answers to some frequently asked questions:
Flights: Charter flights offer tremendous value for money; however, in most cases the leg room is less than that of scheduled flights, unless you upgrade to Premium seats. Scheduled flights to tropical destinations are available direct from Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester. You can also fly to Dubai and onwards to the Indian Ocean and Asia from Birmingham. UK & Eire domestic connections are available to London Heathrow and London Gatwick (some airlines e.g. British Airways or Qantas offer FREE domestic connections).
Prices are based on economy class air travel. You can upgrade for that extra touch of comfort on all scheduled flights and round trip on some charter flights. Benefits include more seat space, more choice of food and in-flight entertainment and priority check-in.
Children aged 2 years and above will be legally required to have their own seat on the flight. Infants under 2 years old will not have their own seat, however if you wish them to have a seat you will need to pay for it.
Hotel gradings: In the absence of any international standard for official star ratings for hotels, the hotel gradings used on this site are a guide to the overall quality and facilities of a property only. Facilities at each individual property vary, so please check the property details carefully before confirming your holiday.Taking children: Child reductions may apply to children under 12 years old on the date of their return travel to the UK. A small charge will be made for infants (under the age of 2 years) the amount varies depending on the holiday booked.
As tours, safaris and cruises involve a significant amount of travelling these are often not recommended for children under 12.
Immunisations: You should visit your doctor well in advance (preferably at least two months) of your departure, for advice and to arrange immunisations. Some immunisations cannot be given at the same time and some take time to be effective e.g. Immunisation against Hepatitis B can take six months to give full protection. However, even if you are going at short notice you should still visit your doctor as they may be able to give you some protection which is better than none.
Travel Advice and Safety: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Consular Division aims to look after the safety of British travellers overseas, as well offering advice about visas, passports and health. To go to the FCO's website, click here. (This links to a non-ABTA, non-ATOL site). For some countries passports have to be valid for a minimum of 6 months after you enter the country.
Long haul travel tips: For advice on long haul travelling click here.