Before you go

Getting organised well before you go will save you no end of bother once it's time to head out on your gap-year.

You can find comprehensive information in the gap-year guidebook. Here's a basic checklist to get you started:

Visit your doctor

  • Tell them your proposed travel route and any types of activities you will be doing.
  • To have the necessary vaccinations ahead of your trip.
  • Seek advice on symptoms you should look out for.
  • If you take regular medication it is advisable to obtain enough to last the duration of your trip, as you may not be able to get hold of it in another country.

Get to know where you are going

  • Checking weather conditions will enable you to pack accordingly.
  • Check when special events are on in your destination as this may affect your travel plans.
  • Before visiting any country that has recently been politically volatile or could turn into a war zone, check with the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) for the current situation.
  • Familiarise yourself with the local laws and customs of your destination.

Leave someone in charge at home

  • Make sure you have someone reliable and trustworthy at home to sort things out for you, such as opening your post.
  • Contact your bank and give permissions to someone at home whilst you are away, this is handy if you encounter issues with credit card bills or withdrawing cash.
  • If you have a property you're planning to sub-let, either use an accommodation agency or make sure someone you trust keeps an eye on things.

Acacia Adventure Holidays

UK

info@acacia-africa.com

+44 (0) 20 7706 4700

www.acacia-africa.com

Welcome to Africa! a continent of diverse cultures, big game and thrilling activities. Of natural wonders, vast wilderness areas and big open skies. And everywhere you go, warm welcoming smiles. From the plains… read more.

Adventure Tours Australia

Australia

admin@adventuretours.com.au

+61 (0)3 8102 7800

www.adventuretours.travel

Adventure Tours is the leading small group tour operator in Australia. We're a bunch of Aussies that have been leading travellers through this big ol’ continent for the past… read more.

Big Cat Travel Insurance

UK

info@bigcattravelinsurance.com

0333 003 3161

bigcattravelinsurance.com

Big Cat specialises in affordable worldwide travel insurance for Backpackers, Adventure Travellers and anyone on a Gap-Year. Our policies are specially designed to offer cover up to two years… read more.

Pure Exploration New Zealand

New Zealand

explore@pureexploration.nz

+64 3 442 0735

www.pureexploration.nz

Adventure Guide Internships in New Zealand Pure Exploration offer exciting 12 week outdoor adventure guiding internships in Queenstown. Featuring climbing, hiking, kayaking & much more, interns will graduate with world-recognised… read more.

True Traveller Insurance

UK

insurance@truetraveller.com

0333 999 3140

www.truetraveller.com

Travel insurance may not be the most exciting part of planning your gap year, but it doesn't have to be a pain to organise. True Traveller Insurance is straightforward,… read more.

0044 Ltd

UK

+44 (0)1926 332153

www.0044.co.uk

Their global SIM card could save you money on international calls.

A Squadron Ltd

UK

trainingwing@a-sqn.com

+44 (0)7762 507 146

www.a-sqn.com

A Squadron is a UK company offering military, security and survival training; related corporate and bespoke entertainment events; and historical lectures.

AA Safaris and Tours Ltd

Uganda

info@gorillas-safaris.com

+256 392883831

www.gorillas-safaris.com

AA Safaris and Tours Ltd is a safaris company that organizes affordable safaris in Uganda and Rwanda. All our members provide advice from first-hand experience.

ACE European Group Ltd

UK

ace.traveluk@acegroup.com

0800 028 2396

www.aceinsure.com/backpacker

Offers gap year/backpacker/student traveller insurance to anyone aged 14-44 and traveller plus insurance for those aged 45-55 years.

Adagio

UK

info@adagio.co.uk

01707 386700

www.adagio.co.uk

Adagio offers holidays with character. Whether your interest is in culture, cuisine, history or sightseeing, Adagio will help you have a calm, stress-free holiday where you can move at your own pace.

Advanced Payment Solutions Ltd

UK

0871 277 5599

www.mycashplus.co.uk

Produce the Cashplus Card, a pre-paid card which ensures you do not go overdrawn, incure interest or fall prey to credit card fraud.

Adventure Expeditions

UK

info@adventure-expeditions.net

+44 (0) 1305 813107

www.adventure-expeditions.net

Outdoor First Aid training with ITC Certification - a nationally recognised qualification that fulfils training requirements for insurance purposes and those stipulated by training bodies.

Adventure First Aid

UK

info@adventurefirstaid.co.uk

0800 999 2716

www.adventurefirstaid.co.uk

Travel first aid and crisis management courses, delivered by experienced professional trainers.

Adventure Tours NZ

New Zealand

reservations@adventuretoursnz.co.nz

+64 9 526 2149

www.adventuretours.com.au

Adventure Tours NZ offer specialised small group nature-based tours for the active traveller on a budget. Go off the beaten track, see unique scenery and wildlife.

Adventure Travellers Club P Ltd

Nepal

info@nepaltravellers.com

www.nepaltravellers.com

Offers trekking and adventure tours in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and Indian regions. Includes peak climbing, jungle safaris, river rafting and much more.

Adventures Travel Insurance

UK

contact@adventuresinsurance.co.uk

02392 419 070

www.adventuresinsurance.co.uk

Adventures is a tailor-made insurance for almost any activity or occupation including amateur sports, manual work and hazardous pursuits. With a wide range of activities to choose, from Abseiling to Zorbing, Adventures travel insurance can cover you for peace of mind travel.

Aether Mobile Ltd

UK

customersupport@aether-mobile.com

www.aether-mobile.com

Get your SIM now and cut your mobile phone calls by up to 90% when abroad and get free incoming texts and calls in all countries.

Afreco Tours Ltd

UK

info@afrecotours.com

+44 (0) 845 812 8222

www.afrecotours.com

Afreco Tours specialises in African safari ranger training and wildlife adventures - from seven days to one year.

Africa Odyssey

UK

info@africaodyssey.com

UK: +44 (0)20 8704 1216; USA

www.africaodyssey.com

We are experts in travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean. We arrange memorable experiences and adventures for our clients whilst supporting eco-tourism and travel.

Africa Travel Centre

UK

info@africatravel.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7843 3500

www.africatravel.co.uk

Africa Travel is a specialist dealing with travel to Africa, a boutique, owner-run company with personal connections.

Africa Travel Co

South Africa

cpt@africatravelco.com

+27 21 3851530

www.africatravelco.com

Specialists in trips around Africa ranging from three to 56 days.

African Horizons

Zambia

safariplans@gmail.com

+877 256 1074

www.africanhorizons.com

Provides quality African travel not only to the savvy globetrotters among us but also to those who have never experienced the thrill of an African safari or wildlife tour.

Agoda

Singapore

+44 (0)20 3027 7900

www.agoda.com

Agoda is one of the world's fastest-growing online hotel platforms. It offers thousands of accommodation options around the globe, from budget hostels to luxury hotels and more.

Airbnb

USA

+1 855 424 7262

www.airbnb.co.uk

Whether a flat for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetise their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

AITO – Association of Independent Tour operators

UK

info@aito.com

+44 (0) 208 744 9280

www.aito.com

Expert, independent tour operator specialising in offering an unrivalled collection of affordable holidays to every corner of the globe.

Alaska Heritage Tours

USA

info@AlaskaHeritageTours.com

+1 907 777 2805

www.alaskaheritagetours.com

At Alaska Heritage Tours we strive to give you the best of Alaska, the way you want it - with pre-packaged Alaska vacations and itineraries. Explore Alaska's top destinations.

Alpha Travel Insurance

UK

website@alphatravelinsurance.co.uk

0203 829 6764

www.alphatravelinsurance.co.uk/gap-year-travel-insurance

Alpha Travel Insurance provides backpacker and gap year travel insurance for up to 24 months, including over 100 sports and activities free of charge.

Alpine Exploratory

UK

info@alpineexploratory.com

+44 (0) 1729 823197

www.alpineexploratory.com

Alpine Exploratory specialises in self-guided walking and trekking tours in Europe. Full programme of guided tours also offered, as well as bespoke holidays.

American Express

UK

0800 028 7573

www.americanexpress.com

Provide cover 18-49 year olds wishing to take a gap year, sabbatical, or career break up to 24 months.

Amtrak

USA

+1 800 872 7245

www.amtrak.com

Operating in North America, Amtrak operates with 300+ trains a day across 21,000 miles of track. They also offers over 350 unique rail travel packages to choose from.

An Óige - Irish Youth Hostel Association

Ireland

info@anoige.ie

+353 01 830 4555

www.anoige.ie

The Irish YHA consists of more than 20 hostels throughout Ireland. They have a range of hostels, from large city centre buildings to small hostels in rural settings. Online booking available.

Andean Trails

UK

info@andeantrails.co.uk

+44 (0) 131 467 7086

www.andeantrails.co.uk

Andean Trails is an owner run specialist adventure travel company organising small group tours to Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Cuba, Guyana and Patagonia.

Ardern Healthcare Ltd

UK

info@ardernhealthcare.com

01584 781777

www.ardernhealthcare.com

Ardern Healthcare Ltd specialise in offering travellers a suitable insect repellent, in the form of sprays, wipes and creams, whatever their age or destination.

Artstur Ltd

UK

artstur@gmail.com

+44 (0)207 591 0312

www.artstur.com

Specialist in Italian Art and Culture through lectures, tours to Italy and short courses for students between Sixth Form and University.

ATG Oxford

UK

trip-enquiry@atg-oxford.com

+44 (0)1865 315678

www.atg-oxford.co.uk

ATG organises escorted and independent walking trips for trekkers of all abilities. Keep fit whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery and breathtaking views of Europe. Relax in comfortable accommodation, enjoy tasty food and good company.

Aurora Expeditions

Australia

+61 2 9252 1033

www.auroraexpeditions.com.au

Aurora Expeditions offer cruise expeditions to all corners of the globe. From the frozen Arctic and Antarctica to the hot savannahs of Africa, explore new landscapes and participate in exciting activities that will make your trip one to remember.

Auto Europe

UK

customerservice@auto-europe.co.uk

0800 358 1229

www.auto-europe.co.uk

Auto Europe can provide travellers with a vast selection of vehicles for hire in over 8,000 locations around the world.

AVIS

UK

0844 581 0147

www.avis.co.uk

AVIS worldwide can provide travellers with car hire from 4,000 locations in 114 countries.

Backpacker Travel Auctions

Australia

info@safaripete.com

www.safaripete.com

Safari Pete can offer you directions to the best deals on tours around Australia and New Zealand.

Back-Roads Touring Company Ltd

UK

info@backroadstouring.com

+44 (0)208 987 0990

www.backroadstouring.com

With over 25 years' experience in small group and tailor-made tours across the UK and Europe, Back-Roads Touring is truly the original small group touring company.

Bamboo Travel

UK

info@bambootravel.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7720 9285

www.bambootravel.co.uk

Discover Asia with Bamboo Travel. Explore the local culture and see the sights with a classic holiday, or enjoy a more action-packed trip with an active and adventure holiday. Special interest trips are available for those with a particular passion, and bespoke trips can be arranged to personalise your experience. Whether you're an individual adventurer seeking new experiences, a couple looking for a romantic honeymoon or a family wanting a trip which everyone can enjoy, Bamboo has you covered.

Base Backpackers

Australia

info@stayatbase.com

AU: 1800 24 22 73; NZ: 0800

www.stayatbase.com

At Base it's all about the traveller! Modern, central and fun backpacker hostels located throughout Australia & New Zealand.

Best Gap Year

UK

01743 277150

www.bestgapyear.co.uk

Search a huge range of gap year courses, paid working holiday, paid jobs and volunteer placements from around the world. Travel abroad with leading providers of paid and volunteer gap year projects.

Best Served Scandinavia

UK

enquire@best-served.co.uk

020 7838 5956

www.best-served.co.uk

Best Served Scandinavia is an independent, tailor-made tour operator specialising in adventure holidays to Scandinavia, Canada and the Nordic and Baltic regions.

Beyond BA LATAM

Argentina

latamtravel@beyondba.com

+54 11 4766 8255

latam.beyondba.com

We provide tailor-made trips to Argentina, Chile and the Antarctic region. Our Team will design a trip around you and our guides will show you the highlights in a different light.

Bicycling Empowerment Network

South Africa

andrew@benbikes.org.za

+27 21 788 4174

www.benbikes.org.za

BEN, a non-profit organisation, promotes the use and sale of refurbished bicycles. They conduct Bicycle Township Tours empowering local people and winning International Responsible Tourism Awards.

Black Feather - The Wilderness Adventure Company

Canada

info@blackfeather.com

+1 705 746 1372

www.blackfeather.com

Company offering canoeing and kayaking trips and expeditions to remote arctic locations. Offer women only trips and will do a customized trip for groups of four or more.

Blacks

UK

customercare@blacks.co.uk

0844 257 2078

www.blacks.co.uk

Blacks has 90 UK stores and provides a wide range of outdoor equipment and clothing from leading brands including The North Face, Berghaus and Craghoppers.

Blue Insurance

Ireland

info@blueinsurance.ie

+353 0818 444449

www.blueinsurance.ie

Multitrip.com is a domain name of Blue Insurances, offering competitive prices to anyone less than 45 years of age on back-packer insurance for trips up to 12 months in length .

Booking.com

UK

www.booking.com

Booking.com lists the best prices for every type of property, from small, family-run bed and breakfasts to executive apartments and five-star luxury suites. It is available in more than 40 languages, and offers over 1 million active properties in 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Bookme Australia

Australia

info@bookme.com.au

+61 450 458 730

www.bookme.com.au

50% Off fun things to do in Australia? Bookme offers easy online booking, amazing last-minute and pre-booking deals, as well as latest traveller reviews & photos.

Bookme Fiji

Fiji

info@bookme.co.nz

+64 21 565 577

www.bookme.com.fj

The largest online resource for fun things to do in Fiji. Offering amazing last-minute, and pre-booking deals as well as latest traveller photos & reviews.

Bookme New Zealand

New Zealand

info@bookme.co.nz

+64 21 565 577

www.bookme.co.nz

The largest online resource for fun things to do in NZ. Offering amazing last-minute, and pre-booking deals (50% Off +) as well as latest traveller photos & reviews.

Boots UK Limited

UK

+44 (0) 845 125 3810

www.bootstravelinsurance.com

The Boots UK Limited website has an area dedicated to gap-year insurance and offers policies to 18-34 year olds for 3-12 months.

Borderlands Travel

UK

info@borderlandstravel.com

+44 (0)1913 082201

www.borderlandstravel.com

Borderlands offer escorted group tours in beautiful destinations in Europe and tailor-made itineraries for individuals and small groups. Take a cultural journey through cities steeped in history, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and travel through some dramatic scenery, all whilst under the guidance of an expert escort.

Borneo Anchor Travel & Tours/Sabah Divers

Malaysia

sabahdivers2u@yahoo.com

+60 88 256 483

www.borneoanchortours.com

They offer various wildlife, nature and adventure packages all over Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

BridgeClimb Sydney

Australia

admin@bridgeclimb.com

+61 (0) 2 8274 7777

www.bridgeclimb.com

BridgeClimb provides the ultimate experience of Sydney, with guided climbs to the top of the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Climbers can choose between The Express Climb, The Bridge Climb or The Discovery Climb.

British Mountaineering Council (BMC)

UK

office@thebmc.co.uk

+44 (0)161 445 6111

www.thebmc.co.uk

BMC travel insurance covers a range of activities and is designed by experts to be free from unreasonable exclusions or restrictions, for peace of mind wherever you travel.

British Red Cross

UK

information@redcross.org.uk

0844 871 1111

www.redcross.org.uk

The Red Cross (Charity No. 220949) offers first aid courses around the UK lasting from one to four days depending on your experience and the level you want to achieve.

Brunton Outdoor

USA

support@bruntongroup.com

+44 (0) 2392528711

www.bruntonoutdoor.com

Compact personal power device, from the brunton freedom range, which recharges devices like MP3 players, smart phones, digital cameras and more via car or sun ray.

Budget International

UK

0844 444 0002

www.budgetinternational.com

Budget International can provide travellers with car hire from 3,400 locations in 128 countries.

Buffalo Tours

Vietnam

info@buffalotours.com

+84 4 3828 0702

www.buffalotours.com

Choose from a range of holidays, focusing on local culture, adventure or luxury trips, or opt for something different with a variety of day trips and short breaks, or even a cruise holiday.

Campbell Irvine Ltd

UK

info@campbellirvine.com

+44 (0)20 7938 1734

www.campbellirvinedirect.com

Campbell Irvine specialises in arranging travel insurance for the adventurous traveler. We provide cover for over 75 activities including trekking, safaris, sports and overseas volunteering work.

Campingo

France

www.campingo.co.uk

Our fast, easy and efficient guide helps you find the perfect campsite for your holidays. Use our selection of 160 search criteria and our 319 reviews, to find the campsite that really suits you. Fancy a change of air? Campingo gives detailed descriptions of 8341 campsites in 85 countries!

Cape York Motorcycle Adventures

Australia

adventures@capeyorkmotorcycles.com.au

+61 (07) 4059 0220

www.capeyorkmotorcycles.com.au

Motorcycle tours in north Queensland from one to eight days duration. Private charter also available. They have their own motorbikes and a support vehicle that accompanies the longer excursions.

Cash Passport

UK

cardservices_prepaid@mastercard.com

0800 056 0572

www.cashpassport.com

Cash Passport can carry many different currencies at one time meaning you can travel or shop freely from one country to the next. You can even use it online to avoid hidden charges.

Caxton FX

UK

info@caxtonfxcard.com

www.caxtonfx.com

Caxton FX provide a prepaid currency card usable wherever you see a MasterCard symbol. They also offer an app which allows you to transfer money to the card.

CEWE Photoworld

UK

+44 (0)1926 463 107

www.cewe-photoworld.com

From printing your holiday snaps to producing your wedding photo book, printing greeting cards to creating a special gift, we make items you'll treasure from the memories you love.

Cheap Flights

UK

www.cheapflights.co.uk

This useful website does not sell tickets but can point you in the right direction to get the best deal.

Citybond Suretravel

UK

info@citybond.co.uk

www.citybond.co.uk

Citybond Suretravel offer a Young Traveller policy for people planning to travel the world or study abroad, with cover available for temporary return trips home, computer equipment and course fees. It also covers you for over 120 sports and activities and jobs including office work, bar/restaurant work and fruit picking.

Classic Journeys

UK

info@classicjourneys.co.uk

+44 (0)1773 873497

www.classicjourneys.co.uk

Classic Journeys operates tailor-made, quality adventure holidays. Specialising in the area of Asia, a friendly, informal and relaxed trip will provide travellers with memorable and meaningful travel experiences, in addition to supporting educational, healthcare and environmental projects in local communities.

Columbus Direct

UK

admin@columbusdirect.com

0845 888 8893

www.columbusdirect.com

Columbus Direct offer backpacker insurance for anywhere in the world for 2-12 months. Also offer sports and activities cover.

Connoisseur Travel

UK

info@connoisseurtravel.co.uk

01403 272143

www.connoisseurtravel.co.uk

We offer each and every one of our clients their own unique tailor made experience. We provide the finest in location and accommodation. Our personalised service takes care of all your arrangements right down to the most tedious of details.

Consularcare

UK

info@consularcare.com

+44 (0)20 3198 1890

www.consularassist.com

From a lost or stolen passport to liaising with authorities and family back home in the event of an incident, we'll be there for you; so you can sleep easy.

Cordillera Blanca Trek

Peru

info@cordillerablancatrek.com

+51 (0) 43 427 635

www.cordillerablancatrek.com

Offers treks in Machu Picchu, a volcanco tour and more.

Cotswold Outdoor Ltd

UK

customer.services@cotswoldoutdoor.com

+44 (0) 844 557 7755

www.cotswoldoutdoor.com

Cotswold Outdoor Limited have stores across the UK and provide camping equipment, clothes, maps, climbing gear and footwear from brands such as Osprey, Scarpa and Solomon.

Country Walks

UK

info@country-walks.com

+44 (0)207 233 6563

www.country-walks.com

Country Walks offers high-quality walking experiences through both guided and self-guided walking holidays. Trips provide beautiful landscapes and natural environments, cultural interest, accommodation, food and will give you an enhanced sense of wellbeing, leaving you re-energised and rejuvenated.

Cover-More Insurance Services Ltd

UK

enquiries@covermore.co.uk

01245 272408

www.covermore.co.uk

Cover-More have been a travel insurance specialist for 30 years, and globally insure over 2.2 million travellers each year. Our service, commitment and experience make us a top choice for travel companies and affiliates.

Cox & Kings

UK

cox.kings@coxandkings.co.uk

020 7873 5000

www.coxandkings.co.uk

Cox & Kings offer a variety of holidays to a number of destinations all around the world, whilst also promoting responsible tourism.

Craigdon Mountain Sports Edinburgh

UK

sales@craigdon.com

+44 (0)1467 629394

www.craigdon-edinburgh.com

Craigdon Mountain Sports Edinburgh is an independent outdoor retailer with its flagship store based on Biggar Road, Edinburgh. They stock a wide range of clothing and equipment.

Cuba Solidarity Campaign

UK

tours@cuba-solidarity.org.uk

020 7490 5715

www.cuba-solidarity.org.uk/tours

Cuba Solidarity Campaign offers brigades to Cuba to meet local people involved in healthcare, community projects, education and culture, and work alongside Cuban farmers.

Direct Travel Insurance

UK

info@direct-travel.co.uk

+44 (0) 845 605 2700

www.direct-travel.co.uk

Direct Travel Insurance provide basic or comprehensive insurance cover to 18-36 year olds for 3-12 months.

Discover the World Education

UK

travel@discover-education.co.uk

01737 218 807

www.discover-the-world.co.uk

From Iceland to New Zealand, Scandinavia to Antarctica then back to the High Arctic, as well as Alaska and Canada, our complete collection of holidays features imaginative itineraries that will ensure your time away exceeds expectations.

Do Something Different

UK

contact-us@dosomethingdifferent.com

+44 (0)208 090 3890

www.dosomethingdifferent.com

Want to dog sled in the Rockies? Take a Hong Kong Island or helicopter tour? Or climb Auckland Harbour Bridge?

Dogtag Ltd

UK

enquiries@dogtag.co.uk

+44 (0) 8700 364824

www.dogtag.co.uk

Dogtag Ltd offer insurance cover for 'action minded' travellers aged 18-55 for up to 18 months.

Dolphin Encounter

New Zealand

info@dolphin.co.nz

+64 3 319 6777

www.dolphinencounter.co.nz

Swim or watch dolphins in Kaikoura. You do need to book in advance as there is a limit to how many swimmers are allowed per trip.

Dorset Expeditionary Society/Leading Edge Expeditions

UK

dorsetexp@gmail.com

www.dorsetexp.org.uk

Dorset Expeditionary Society promotes adventurous expeditions to remote parts of the world. Open to all. May qualify for two sections of the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award.

Dragoman

UK

info@dragoman.co.uk

+44 (0)1728 861133

www.dragoman.com

Overlanding is stil the most authentic and accessible way of discovering new countries, their people and culture. Join us in Africa, America and Asia.

DS-48

UK

info@ds-48.com

UK: +44 (0)203 745 5877; US:

www.ds-48.com

DS-48 offers discreet, intelligence-led risk management, advisory and resolution services. Wherever you are in the world, we keep you from harm, provide assistance when needed and grant you peace of mind.

EasyJet Plc

UK

www.easyjet.com

Offers cheap flights to European destinations with further reductions if you book over the internet.

ebookers.com

UK

www.ebookers.com

Cheap flights can be booked through their website.

Eco Trails Kerala

India

mail@ecotourskerala.com

+91 48125 24447

www.ecotourskerala.com

This tour company provides budget holiday tour packages in the Kumarakom and Alleppey Backwater areas.

ekit

UK

shout@ekit.com

0800 028 2402/0800 376 2370

www.ekit.com

ekit is a global provider of integrated communications, mobile, VOIP and Internet services, designed to keep travelers in touch.

Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd

UK

+44 (0) 800 028 3571

www.endsleigh.co.uk

Endsleigh has tailored gap-year cover to suit travellers for up to 12 months, with over 100 sports and activities covered as standard.

Equitours - Worldwide Horseback Riding Adventures

USA

+1 307 455 3363

www.ridingtours.com

With over 30 years experience, Equitours offer tested and tried horseback tours on six continents. Rides from three to eight days (or longer) for riders of all experience.

Escape Prepaid

UK

customerservices@escapeprepaid.co.uk

0871 220 6420

www.escapeprepaid.co.uk

With the 'Escape Travel Money Prepaid MasterCard' you can withdraw cash from over 1.5 million ATMs worldwide, usually without having to pay a fee.

Essential Travel Ltd

UK

customerservices@essentialtravel.co.uk

08713602720

www.essentialtravel.co.uk

Special backpacker travel insurance for anyone aged betwen 19-45 years old.

Eurail.com

Netherlands

customerservice@eurail.com

www.eurail.com

Get around Europe with the most hassle-free and comfortable travel option: the European rail pass. No airport check-in lines or being confined to your seat. Your Eurail Pass is an all-in-one train ticket for Europe, so you can enjoy every moment of your journey

EuroCallingCards.com

UK

contactus@eurocallingcards.com

+44 (0) 208 099 5899

www.eurocallingcards.com

Leading online supplier of international phone cards.

Europcar UK Ltd

UK

reservationsuk@europcar.com

0371 384 1087

www.europcar.co.uk

Europcar and its alliance partner Enterprise can provide travellers with car hire from more than 13,000 locations in about 150 countries.

Expert Africa

UK

+44 (0)20 8232 9777

www.expertafrica.com

Expert Africa is a travel company which organises safaris and holidays for all types of travellers. Team members have travelled extensively in Africa, providing advice and guidance from first-hand experience to offer you the best possible trip.

Explore Worldwide Ltd

UK

res@explore.co.uk

01252 884223

www.explore.co.uk

Company organising special tours in small groups. Types of worldwide tours available are walking holidays, dog-sledding, wildlife and railway tours amongst others.

Fair Dinkum Bike Tours

Australia

dave@fairdinkumbiketours.com.au

+61 0()7 4053 6999

www.fairdinkumbiketours.com.au

Offer a range of tours using local guides to cater for all levels.

FairFX Plc

UK

enquiries@fairfx.com

+44 (0)20 7107 1206

www.fairfx.com

FairFX offer a free chip and PIN secure card when you load £50 or more, which can be used in over 220 countries.

Field and Trek

UK

www.fieldandtrek.com

Field & Trek has stores all over the UK and supplies outdoor equipment and performance clothing ranges from brands such as Berghaus, The North Face, Mountain Equipment, Merrell, and Lowe Alpine.

Florence by Bike

Italy

info@florencebybike.it

+39 055 488992

www.florencebybike.it

Scooter, motorbike and bike rental company in Florence. Also sells clothing and accessories as well as bike parts.

Flying Kiwi

New Zealand

info@flyingkiwi.com

+64 3 547 0171

www.flyingkiwi.com

Flying Kiwi bus tours around New Zealand offer a unique and fun experience. Camping or cabin options are available in exciting locations and usually meals are included.

Fräulein Maria's Bicycle Tours

Austria

biketour@aon.at

+43 650 3426297

www.mariasbicycletours.com

Maria's Bicycle tours take you to the main attractions from the film The Sound Of Music! The tour lasts three hours with stop points along the way and operates between May and September.

Free European Health Insurance Card

UK

0191 218 1999

www.nhs.uk

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) enables access to state-provided healthcare in all European Economic Area countries at a reduced cost or sometimes free of charge.

G Adventures

Canada

travel@gadventures.com

+1 416 260 0999

www.gadventures.com

G Adventures offers one of the widest selection of affordable small-group tours, safaris and expeditions across the world.

Gap Advice

UK

info@gapadvice.org

07973 548316

www.gapadvice.org

Independent gap year travel advice, information, help and ideas on projects and placements.

Gap Year Hostel

Singapore

info@gapyearhostel.com

+65 6297 1055

www.gapyearhostel.com

Inspired, designed and managed by backpackers, Gap Year hostel is a well-equipped modern hostel offering easy access to the heart of Singapore. Features include CCTV and key-cards for security, air-con and high-speed fibre optic wifi for leisure, and complimentary breakfast and tea/coffee for comfort.

Gap Year Travel Store

UK

0113 8715 880

www.gapyeartravelstore.com

Online store selling quality travel kit and equipment to backpackers and independent travellers.

Gapwork.com

UK

info@gapwork.com

+44 (0)1133 230759

www.gapwork.com

Gapwork is an independent information provider specialising in gap years, gap year jobs, gap year vacancies, activities and voluntary work either in the UK or abroad.

Globelink International

UK

globelink@globelink.co.uk

+44 (0)1353 699082

www.globelink.co.uk

Globelink provides coverage for almost any type of journey and age group (up to 84). Our Globetrekkers travel insurance provides excellent cover for student, gap year travellers, backpackers and over 65 travel insurance.

Go Differently Ltd

UK

info@godifferently.com

+44 (0) 1273 732236

www.godifferently.com

Company offering small-group, short-term volunteering and tailor-made holidays based on the appreciation and respect of the local environment and people.

Go Outdoors

UK

enquiries@gooutdoors.co.uk

+44 (0)844 387 6800

www.gooutdoors.co.uk

Go Outdoors operates from 41 retail stores across the UK and offers a wide choice of outdoor accessories and equipment from brands such as Hi Gear, Ragatta, North Ridge and Outwell.

Go Overseas

USA

marketing@gooverseas.com

www.gooverseas.com

Explore Programs: Simplify your search by comparing programs side by side. Read Reviews: Learn what to expect on your trip by reading reviews from travelers who have been there. Start Planning: Read articles to get answers to all of your pre-departure questions.

Go Sim

UK

0800 376 2370

www.gosim.com

Supplier of pre-paid international mobile SIM cards for travellers wishing to make phone calls abroad.

Go Travel

UK

sales@design-go.com

+44 (0)208 906 8505

www.go-travelproducts.com

Go is the most widely distributed range of travel accessories in the world. It still remains a UK family business and it is just as committed to bring innovative products to market as it was over 30 years ago.

Goa Way

UK

sales@goaway.co.uk

0207 258 7800

www.goaway.co.uk

Goaway specialises in organising travel to Goa and Kerala. You can book flights, hostels or even package tours.

Goolets Ltd - Croatia Luxury Gulet

Slovenia

info@goolets.net

+44 (0)20 3318 1079

www.croatialuxurygulet.com

Selection of the top luxury gulet yachts in Croatia. Let the world's number 1 gulet expert organize for you the best cruise of your life in Croatia.

Goolets Ltd, Gulet expert

Slovenia

info@goolets.net

+44 (0)20 3318 1079

www.guletexpert.com

Find your perfect gulet for your dream vacation in Croatia, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Indonesia... With our free assistance, we will help you organize your cruising itinerary, food preferences, activities, and excursions.

Goyo Travel

UK

info@goyotravel.com

+44 (0)1869 866520

www.goyotravel.com

Goyo Travel provides a variety of group and private trips to beautiful Mongolia. Whether you are looking for adventure or a more cultural experience, there is plenty on offer.

Grand American Adventures

UK

03339 997965; +44 208 682 89

www.grandamericanadventures.com

Grand American Adventures specialises in tours to the Americas, with unrivalled knowledge and experience we are committed to bringing you the finest small group adventures available. Enjoy spectacular natural sights, challenging and rewarding activities and encounters with some of the world's most colourful cultures and wildlife.

Grayline Tours of Hong Kong

China

sales@grayline.com.hk

+852 2368 7111

www.grayline.com.hk

Special sightseeing day tours around Hong Kong and Macau.

Greyhound Lines Inc

USA

ifsr@greyhound.com

+1 214 849 8966

www.greyhound.com

The most famous and largest bus company in America. Book online and join the millions of others who travel across America on the 'old grey dog'.

H&T

UK

0800 838 973

www.handt.co.uk

H&T specialises in a variety of financial services, including fast-turnaround foreign exchange. They have over 180 stores across the UK.

Haka Tours

New Zealand

info@hakatours.com

+64 3 980 4252

www.hakatours.com

Haka Tours represents the ultimate in New Zealand adventure holidays, from small group adventures to New Zealand snow tours exploring the impressive Southern Alps and the active volcanoes of the North.

Healthy Travel

UK

enquiries@healthy-travel.co.uk

www.travelwithcare.com

Healthy Travel stock a range of health products and travel products suitable for all types of outdoor activities, from a walk in the country to trekking in the jungle.

Hertz

USA

0843 309 3099

www.hertz.co.uk

Hertz Global Holdings is an American car rental company providing a wide range of options for car hire around the world.

High Places Ltd

UK

holidays@highplaces.co.uk

+44 (0)845 257 75

www.highplaces.co.uk

Independent specialist trekking company organising tours to 22 countries.

Highland Experience Tours

UK

info@highlandexperience.com

+44 (0)131 226 1414

www.highlandexperience.com

Travel company offering one day and private tours around Scotland, such as a two day highland tour, a whisky tasting tour, or a tour of Scotland personalised to your own requirements.

HighLives Travel

UK

info@highlives.co.uk

+44 (0)20 8835 7034

www.highlives.co.uk

HighLives is a specialist in travel to the Andes and wider Latin America and the Caribeean, working in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Guyana, Costa Rica, Cuba and more.

Holiday Architects

UK

mail@holidayarchitects.co.uk

01242 253073

holidayarchitects.co.uk

Holiday Architects specialises in organising awe-inspiring trips to South Africa, Jordan, Oman, Burma, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Namibia, Laos, Zambia and Sri Lanka.

Holidaysafe

UK

website@holidaysafe.co.uk

0845 658 0570

www.holidaysafe.co.uk

Holidaysafe is a travel insurance provider based in Kent, UK. They have a range of cover options such as backpacking, sports, and long stay.

HomeAway

UK

+44 (0)208 827 1971

www.homeaway.co.uk

HomeAway connect property owners and managers with holidaymakers looking for the perfect accommodation to share their dream holidays together with families and friends. The beautiful homes on our sites feature more space, privacy, and amenities than hotels, often for less than half the cost per person. We are dedicated to helping holidaymakers create unforgettable experiences by staying together.

HomestayWeb

USA

support@homestayweb.com

www.homestayweb.com

The Homestay Web allows you to search for hundreds of host families worldwide and post requests for accommodation on the message board.

Hostelbookers.com

UK

support@hostelbookers.com

+44 (0) 207 406 1800

www.hostelbookers.com

Youth hostels and cheap accommodation in over 3500 destinations worldwide, with no booking fees.

Hostelling International

UK

info@hihostels.com

01707 324 170

www.hihostels.com

Research, plan and book your trip online with Hostelling International. HI hostels are a great way to travel the world safely - explore new cultures and meet friends.

Hostelling International - Canada

Canada

info@hihostels.ca

+1 613 237 7884

www.hihostels.ca

Contact details for the Canadian branch of this worldwide hostel service.

Hostelling International - Iceland

Iceland

info@hostel.is

+354 575 6700

www.hostel.is

Hostelling International Iceland has 36 hostels all around the country, offering comfortable, budget accommodation which is open to all ages.

Hostelling International - USA

USA

+1 240 650 2100

www.hiusa.org

Hostelling International USA has a network of hostels throughout the United States that are inexpensive, safe and clean.

Hostelworld.com

Ireland

customerservice@hostels.com

+353 (0)1 5245800

www.hostels.com

Hostelworld.com is an online booking site which operates a network of over 27,000 hostels in more than 180 countries. Provides confirmed reservations at a selection of youth hostels, independent hostels and international hostels.

Hostelz.com

USA

www.hostelz.com

Hostelz.com aims to provide all the hostel information anyone could ever want, all in one place. Compare prices and read uncensored reviews for all the major booking websites for each hostel (including Hostelworld, HostelBookers, Booking.com, and others), so you can see where to get the best deals.

Housing Anywhere BV

Netherlands

+31 090 30 39 23

www.housinganywhere.com

Housing Anywhere is an international student housing platform where you can book or rent out a room. All advertisers are verified and bookings are made over a secure booking system.

HyperDia

Japan

hyperdia.vz@ml.hitachi-systems.com

www.hyperdia.com

www.hyperdia.com features a search engine which provides information on routes and timetables for trains and flights in Japan. HyperDia also offer an app, 'Hyperdia by voice' which can be dowloaded via the App Store and makes it even easier for you to plan your travel routes.

iGapyear

UK

info@igapyear.com

+44 (0)845 643 9338

www.igapyear.com

iGapyear.com helps you do your prep work and make sure you arrange your perfect gap year. Choose from jobs, courses, placements and trips.

In the Saddle Ltd

UK

rides@inthesaddle.com

+44 01299 272 997

www.inthesaddle.com

Specializes in horse riding holidays all over the world, catering for all levels of experience. From ranches in the Rocky Mountain states of Montana and Wyoming, to expeditions in remote and unexplored parts of the world.

Inside Japan Tours

UK

info@insidejapantours.com

+44 (0)117 370 9751

www.insidejapantours.com

Specialist company offering tours of Japan, including small group tours and individual, self-guiding tours. You can also book a Japan Rail Pass online here.

Insure and Go

UK

+44 (0) 844 888 2787

www.insureandgo.com

Insure and Go provide backpacker travel insurance for up to 18 months. Free cover for many sports and activities.

insurewithease.com

UK

help@insurewithease.com

0330 024 9295

www.insurewithease.com

insurewithease.com provides backpacker travel insurance for travellers planning trips of 12 months or less, including a baggage and personal possessions cover of up to £500.

InterHealth Worldwide

UK

info@interhealth.org.uk

+44 (0)20 7902 9000

www.interhealth.org.uk

InterHealth provide clinics and travel health advice, eg on immunisations.

International Motorhome Hire

UK

enquiry@rv-network.com

01780 482 565

www.international-motorhome-hire.com

International Motor Home are an agency that organises the hire of motor homes, on behalf of travellers, throughout the world.

International Rail

UK

sales@internationalrail.com

+44 (0)871 231 0790

www.internationalrail.com

InterRail Pass provides unlimited travel on the sophisticated European Rail network. The pass is very flexible allowing you to choose either one country or all 30 countries.

International Wilderness Leadership School

USA

info@iwls.com

+1 800 985 (4957)/ +1 907 76

iwls.com

An outdoor school specialising in the highest quality guide training, outdoor leadership training, wilderness education and technical instruction.

Intrepid Expeditions

UK

nigel@intrepid-expeditions.co.uk

0800 043 2509

www.intrepid-expeditions.co.uk

Runs many different survival courses, including a first aid course, ranging from two to 14 days.

Intrepid Travel

UK

islington@intrepidtravel.com

0800 781 1660

www.intrepidtravel.com

For travellers with a yearning to get off the beaten track, Intrepid opens up a whole new world of adventure travel.

Intro Travel

UK

enquiries@introtravel.com

0800 133 7007

www.introtravel.com

With epic adventures in Australia, Thailand, Bali & Vietnam, an Intro Travel trip includes advice and support before you go, an awesome Group Leader from the moment you arrive, an instant group of friends, an amazing itinerary and all the important stuff sorted so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Irish Gap Year

Ireland

info@Irishgapyear.com

+00 353 83-198-4288

www.irishgapyear.com

Why not travel to Europe and experience the magic of Ireland! On the western edge of Europe, along the wild Atlantic you'll meet the friendliest people, explore untouched nature and immerse yourself in the Irish culture. Develop leadership and communication skills, volunteer with the local community and immerse yourself in nature.

Italy Bike Hotels

Italy

business@italybikehotels.com

+39 0541 307531

www.italybikehotels.com

Italy Bike Hotels was founded in 2000 by a group of hoteliers passionate about cycling and is dedicated to providing accommodation and facilities for all cycling enthusiasts.

Jackson Lees

UK

enquiry@jacksonlees.co.uk

0151 282 1700

www.jacksonlees.co.uk/services/wills-probate/traveller-insurance-package

Whatever form your gap year is going to take, whether it be working abroad, volunteering or travelling, we have a TIP for you. Our Traveller Insurance Package can provide a sense of relief should anything happen whilst you are away.

Japan Rail Pass

Japan

www.japanrailpass.net

Japan Rail Pass offer a pass covering all six companies which make up the Japan Railways Group, with tickets valid for seven, 14 or 21 days of travel.

Journey Latin America

UK

sales@journeylatinamerica.co.uk

0208 747 3108

www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk

Journey Latin America is the UK's major specialist in travel to Central and South America. Learn a new skill with their 'Learn to ... ' holidays.

Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours

Australia

info@junglesurfing.com.au

+61 7 4098 0043

www.junglesurfing.com.au

Night walks in a tropical rainforest or jungle surf through the Daintree Rainforest.

Kande Horse Trails

Malawi

info@kandehorse.com

+265 (0) 8500416

www.kandehorse.com

Experience the Malawi bush on horseback. All ages and riding abilities catered for.

KAYAK

USA

www.kayak.co.uk

KAYAK provides a price comparison site for hotels and flights all around the world, helping you to easily compare hundreds of travel sites with one search.

KE Adventure Travel

UK

info@keadventure.com

+44 (0)17687 73966

www.keadventure.com

KE Adventure Travel is one of the world's leading independent adventure travel specialists. Whether you seek to walk amongst the world's highest peaks, explore untamed wilderness areas, or witness first hand the wildlife or culture of far-off lands, we have the perfect adventure for you.

Killary Adventure Company

Ireland

adventure@killary.com

00 353 (0) 95 43411

www.killaryadventure.com

We specialise in adventure activities that range from bungee jumping to kayaking on Irelands only fjord and much more in between. Whether you are a soft adventurer or after the extreme adrenaline thrill we have something for you.

Kivu Gap Year

USA

andy@kivugapyear.com

970-403-6016

www.kivugapyear.com

The KIVU Gap Year is designed to guide you into a year of travel, internship, and home stay experiences around the world. A purposeful program designed to guide you on the journey into young adulthood.

Kiwi Experience

New Zealand

+64 9 336 4286

www.kiwiexperience.com

Extensive bus network covering the whole of New Zealand. Passes valid for 12 months.

Knowles Travelgoods

UK

info@bagsandaccessories.co.uk

+44 (0)1905 22019

www.bagsandaccessories.co.uk

Knowles Travelgoods stocks a wide variety of luggage such as suitcases, hand luggage, holdalls and backpacks.

Koyasan Sankei-Koh

Japan

+81 (0)736 56 2616

eng.shukubo.net

Provides details on sightseeing, Buddhist experiences and lodging options in the Koyasan area of Japan, including an alphabetised list of local temples open to overnight guests.

KT Adventure

Vietnam

info@vivutravel.com

+84 4 36740486

www.vivutravel.com

KT Adventure, part of Vivu Travel, offer specialised tours in Vietnam, from adventure tours to motorbiking.

laterallife

UK

info@laterallife.com

+44 (0)207 607 1943

www.laterallife.com

Whether you are looking for remote beaches, an Arctic adventure, a gorilla safari or a sailing trip through the Galapagos Islands, laterallife has plenty to offer to ensure your trip is truly unforgettable.

LetUsFixIT

UK

contactus@letusfixit.co.uk

0800 032 3499

letusfixit.co.uk

LetUsFixIT provides a computer protection service that allows you to safeguard up to three devices against accidental damage, theft, and mechanical failure, as well as access 24/7 remote technical support.

Lifesaver Systems

UK

info@lifesaversystems.com

0808 1782799/+44 (0) 1206 58

www.lifesaversystems.com

All-in-one filtration system, in a bottle, which will turn the foulest water into safe drinking water without the use of chemicals, allowing for much lighter packing.

Lifeventure

UK

+44 (0)118 981 1433

www.lifeventure.com

When you're on your travels, whether you're going solo or in a group, it's vital you have reliable and practical accessories by your side. Life Venture know how to make kit that's right for the job.

Live Travel

UK

phil.haines@live-travel.com

+44 (0) 208 894 6104

www.live-travel.com

Personalised travel plans offered as well as group tours.

Llama Travel

UK

mail@llamatravel.com

020 7263 3000

www.llamatravel.com

One of the UK's leading tour operators to Latin America, Llama Travel provides high quality holidays at the lowest possible prices. All of our staff have either lived in Latin America or know the countries well. Choose from 63 itineraries or design your own holiday by choosing where you would like to visit.

Love Home Swap

UK

info@lovehomeswap.com

+44 0800 131 0000

www.lovehomeswap.com

Love Home Swap helps set you up with over 80,000+ homes in the world's most popular destinations just waiting for you to visit. Choose either a direct swap or use the clever Swap Points and you'll find yourself in your dream holiday house in no time.

M. Trek and Tour

Morocco

info@moroccotrek.co.uk

00212 524330597

www.mtrekandtour.com

Trekking trips, tailormade tours, group holidays and specialised activity weeks in Morocco.

MASTA

UK

enquiries@masta.org

020 7291 9333

www.masta-travel-health.com

MASTA healthcare provide travel clinics across the UK offering professional advice to travellers about their specific travel health needs including anti-malarials, vaccinations and disease prevention.

MB&G Direct

UK

enquiries@mbgdirect.com

0191 258 8199

www.mbgdirect.com

MB&G Direct offers car breakdown cover that gets you back on the road quickly and efficiently, whether you’re in the UK or elsewhere in Europe.

megabus.com/megatrain.com

UK

enquiries@megabus.com

+44 (0)141 352 4444

uk.megabus.com

megabus.com offers services from as little as $1 between 120 city centres across North America through their fleet of luxury single and double decker buses.

Melbourne Street Art Tour

Australia

booking@melbournestreettours.com

+61 (03) 9328 5556

www.melbournestreettours.com

Melbourne Street Art Tours, led by one of Melbourne's elite street art stars, gives you an overview of the Melbourne underground street art scene.

Millets

UK

customercare@millets.co.uk

0161 393 7060

www.millets.co.uk

Millets, with over 150 stores, is one of the UK's largest travel and outdoor retailer. Brands include Berghaus, Eurohike, Merrell, North Face and Peter Storm.

Mind The Gap Year

UK

+44 (0) 845 180 0059

www.mindthegapyear.com

Mind The Gap Year offers a low cost economy package or the fully inclusive standard package back packer insurance cover.

Mirya Yachting

Canada

+1 604 547 3220

www.miryayachting.com

Mirya Yachting is a global yacht charter and brokerage firm specializing in private gulet charter and gulet sales in the Eastern Mediterranean.

MoneySuperMarket

UK

0333 123 1983

www.moneysupermarket.com/travel-insurance

MoneySuperMarket are a price comparison website enabling consumers to compare policy prices from a range of travel insurance providers.

Motorhome International

USA

info@motorhome-international.com

+1 847 531 1454

www.motorhome-international.com

Motorhome International provide RV Rentals and Motorhome Hire in the USA, Canada, Europe, New Zealand Australia & South Africa.

Mountain Kingdoms Ltd

UK

info@mountainkingdoms.com

+44 (0)1453 844400

www.mountainkingdoms.com

Himalayan Kingdoms is the UK's foremost quality trekking company, running treks and tours to the great mountain ranges of the world.

Mountain Warehouse

UK

info@mountainwarehouse.com

+44 (0)20 3828 7700

www.mountainwarehouse.com

At Mountain Warehouse we have been developing the very best outdoor gear for all the family since 1997.

My Odyssey Tours

China

inquiry@myodysseytours.com

+86 156 9773 0073

www.myodysseytours.com

Focusing on Asia and Middle East, our expertise in private & custom travel can make your gap-year a lifetime experience at your most comfortable pace.

my Travel Cash

UK

0845 867 6496

www.mytravelcash.com

my Travel money offer the pre-paid multi currency card which allows travellers to withdraw cash in any currency without ATM fees.

My UK Mail

UK

contact@my-uk-mail.co.uk

0845 838 1815

www.my-uk-mail.co.uk

UK based company providing a mail holding and forwarding service to international destinations including permaneant and temporary addresses.

Natural World Safaris

UK

sales@naturalworldsafaris.com

+44 (0)1273 691 642

www.naturalworldsafaris.com

Natural World Safaris is a small specialist company offering the best safari holidays with a focus on viewing some of the worlds greatest animals.

Navigator Travel Insurance Services Ltd

UK

sales@navigatortravel.co.uk

0161 973 6435

www.navigatortravel.co.uk

Navigator Travel Insurance Services Ltd offer specialist policies for long-stay overseas trips with an emphasis on covering adventure sports. These policies also cover casual working.

Nikwax Ltd

UK

info@nikwax.com

+44 (0)1892 786400

www.nikwax.com

To clean and waterproof all your gear, extend its life and maintain high performance with low environmental impact - Nikwax it!

NobelCom

Bermuda

help@NobelCom.co.uk

0800 652 1979

www.nobelcom.co.uk

Supplier of pre-paid phone cards for international long distance calling that can be tailored to travellers needs.

NOLS

UK

admissions@nols.edu

800-710-6657 / 307-332-5300

www.nols.edu/en

NOLS is a nonprofit school that seeks to help you step forward boldly as a leader. It’s our role to provide the environment and training to help you discover your full potential. We do that in classrooms close to home and in remote wilderness areas around the world.

Nomad Travel & Outdoor

UK

orders@nomadtravel.co.uk

+44 (0) 845 260 0044

www.nomadtravel.co.uk

As well as the usual stock of clothing, equipment, books and maps their 8 travel stores also hold medical supplies.

Nomads Hostels

Australia

bookings@nomadsworld.com

1800 666 237

www.nomadsworld.com

With great locations, awesome activities and friendly staff, Nomads hostels offer budget backpacker accommodation across Australia & New Zealand.

O2

UK

0800 230 0202

www.o2.co.uk

Provider of international broadband dongles enabling travellers to connect to the internet by simply plugging their broadband dongle into their laptop.

Oasis Overland

UK

info@oasisoverland.co.uk

+44 (0) 1963 363400

www.oasisoverland.co.uk

Oasis Overland provide exciting and adventurous tours and expeditions in Africa, South America and Central Asia. You'll take an active involvement in the day to day running of the trip with like-minded travellers as you explore different cultures and regions.

Objective Travel Safety Ltd

UK

office@objectiveteam.com

01788 899 029

www.objectivegapyear.com

A fun one-day safety course or personalised safety courses for travellers, designed to teach them how to think safe and prepare for challenges they may face.

Odyssey Overland Ltd

UK

info@odysseyoverland.co.uk

+44 (0)20 8123 3544

www.odysseyoverland.co.uk

Odyssey Overland is an overland tour travel agency specialising in the big overland tours available around the world from 1 to 6+ months. With 25 years experience, Odyssey can help you find your perfect gap year overland tour!

Olympic Bike Travel

Greece

info@olympicbike.com

+30 283 1072 383

www.olympicbike.com

A variety of bike tours available for all ages. From a ride down the highest mountain in Greece, to bike and hiking tours.

On The Go Tours

UK

info@onthegotours.com

0207 371 1113

www.onthegotours.com

Special tours such as solar eclipse tours and railways of the Raj can be arranged.

One World 365

UK

+44 (20) 8123 8284

www.oneworld365.org

Interested in travelling, working, volunteering, teaching, interning or studying abroad? Search thousands of trips, programs, jobs & courses worldwide.

OneLife Institute

USA

info@onelifepath.org

+1 717 560 8290

onelifepath.org

OneLife is a nine-month gap year program for students who want to grow in their faith, experience community, serve, travel, all while earning college credits.

Orange

UK

0800 079 0409

www.orange.co.uk

Provider of international broadband dongles enabling travellers to connect to the internet by simply plugging their broadband dongle into their laptop.

Outdoor Megastore

UK

admin@outdoormegastore.co.uk

0151 944 2202

www.outdoormegastore.co.uk

Online store for all your outdoor equipment.

Outdoor Spirit

UK

info@outdoor-spirit.co.uk

+44.1387 252891

www.outdoor-spirit.co.uk

Online shop offering a rangre of out door clothing, including Dr Martens shoes and boots.

Outward Bound Costa Rica

Costa Rica

info@outwardboundcr.org

+506 2278 6058

www.outwardboundcostarica.org

Outward Bound Costa Rica challenges participants to live bigger, bolder lives. Embark on a life-changing journey through our rigorous programs in Costa Rica and Panama, expanding capacity in leadership, intercultural competence, Spanish language, self-awareness, and life skills.

Oyster Trekking

UK

trek@oystertrekking.com

www.oystertrekking.com

Take the trek of a lifetime in the stunning Himalayas, with full Oyster support and a fair price. Adventurous treks include Everest Base Camp. The Langtang, Ghale Guan and Annapurna Base Camp.

Oyster Worldwide Limited

UK

anne@oysterworldwide.com

+44 (0) 1892 770 771

www.oysterworldwide.com

Take the trek of a lifetime in the stunning Himalayas, with full Oyster support and a fair price. Adventurous treks include Everest Base Camp. The Langtang, Ghale Guan and Annapurna Base Camp.

OzIntro

Australia

office@introtravel.com

+61 2 9664 7000

www.ozintro.com

OzIntro help 18-35's travel and work in Australia, starting with pickup at the airport and a week of group activities in Sydney.

P J Hayman & Company Ltd

UK

info@pjhayman.com

02392 419 050

www.pjhayman.com

With over 20 years experience in travel insurance, we have created specific products to cater for specific needs. Whether you require cover for a medical condition, hazardous activities, round the world trip, Gap year, etc., we have a policy for you.

Pacsafe

China

info@pacsafe.com

+852 3664 8300

www.pacsafe.com

Pacsafe® offers a range of travel security products to keep travellers one step ahead of the game and their gear secure from opportunistic thieves. Pacsafe® gives travellers the peace of mind they need to get on and get out there on the road less travelled.

Palmar Voyages

Ecuador

gerencia@palmarvoyages.com

+593(9) 9 480 2268

www.palmarvoyages.com

Tailor-made programmes for tours in Ecuador, Peru, South America, the Andes and the Galapagos Islands.

Patchwork Present Ltd

UK

hello@patchworkit.com

+44 (0)20 8617 8487

www.patchworkit.com

Patchwork offers a fun and creative way of funding your gap year by creating a wish-list and sharing it with friends and family, making keeping track of donations much simpler.

Pathfinders Africa

Zimbabwe

info@pathfindersafrica.com

+263 4 870 573

www.pathfindersafrica.com

Pathfinders Africa is an African-based expedition company that operates from Zimbabwe. Developed to meet the needs of the adventurous traveller, Pathfinders' over-riding philosophy is of friendliness and individuality.

Peregrine Adventures Ltd

UK

travel@peregrineadventures.co.uk

+44 0844 736 0170

www.peregrineadventures.com

Peregrine offer small group adventure tours worldwide. They offer a vast range of tours from polar expeditions to trekking the Himalayas.

Peru Trip Advisors

Peru

info@peru-tripadvisors.com

+51 1 241 7429

www.peru-tripadvisors.com

Explore Peru, from the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with an inclusive and personalised tour.

Peter Sommer Travels

UK

info@petersommer.com

+44 (0)1600 888220

www.petersommer.com

Peter Sommer Travels provide inspirational trips, stimulating & enlightening expert-led tours and relaxing & beautiful gulet cruises. On offer are a range of archaeology tours, food tours and walking holidays by land and sea. Our escorted tours in Turkey, Greece and Italy will take you to some of the world's best preserved ancient and historic sites.

Pettitts Tailor Made Tours

UK

info@pettitts.co.uk

+44 (0)1892 250500

www.pettitts.co.uk

Pettitts is an independent travel company that for over 27 years has specialised in arranging private and unique tours, journeys and itineraries for travellers' worldwide. We are one of the UK's leading tailor-made holiday experts and our central aim is to create the perfect holiday by combining our vast knowledge and experience

Pioneer Expeditions Worldwide

UK

info@pioneerexpeditions.com

01202 798922

www.pioneerexpeditions.com

High and Wild plan some of the most unusual and exciting adventures to destinations worldwide.

PocketComms Ltd

UK

sales@pocketcomms.co.uk

+44 (0)1635 799484

www.pocketcomms.co.uk

A manual pocket sized universal language system in pictorial form to help travellers communicate through language barriers.

Post Office Travel Insurance

UK

0800 294 2292

www.postoffice.co.uk/travel

Provides cover to 18-35 year olds wishing to take a career or study break.

Powertraveller

UK

sales@powertraveller.com

+44 (0)1420 542980

www.powertraveller.com

Power traveller products give the end user freedom to pursue an active outdoor lifestyle by keeping essential lines of communication open whilst they are "off-grid".

Pura Aventura

UK

info@pura-aventura.com

01273 961928 / +44 1273 961

www.pura-aventura.com

Various beautiful tailor-made tours in exotic locations. Career break to fulfil a long held dream or a special diversion on your gap-year perhaps?

Quark Expeditions

USA

+1 802 227 7303

www.quarkexpeditions.com

Explore the mysteries of the Artic and Antartic with Quark Expeditions. Discovery trips offer the opportunity to visit some of the most secluded locales, experience genuine Inuit cultures and see a vast array of native wildlife. Alternatively, adventurous trips will let you try your hand at camping, mountaineering, skiing, kayaking and paddleboarding.

Rainforest Expeditions

Peru

sales@rainforest.com.pe

+51 9935 12265

www.perunature.com

Rainforest Expedition is a Peruvian Ecotourism company. Since 1989 our guests and lodges, have added value to standing tropical rain forest turning it into a competitive alternative to unsustainable economic uses.

Regent Holidays

UK

regent@regentholidays.co.uk

0203 553 3240

www.regent-holidays.co.uk

Regent Holidays has been pioneering travel experiences to a wide range of unique and off-the-beaten-track destinations since 1970. Our travel experts are passionate about creating the perfect tailor made holiday or group tour for you, whether you want to visit the northern lights in Iceland, enjoy a city break in Poland, take a fly drive through Croatia or embark on the journey of a lifetime on the Trans Siberian Railway.

Responsible Travel

UK

rosy@responsibletravel.com

+44 (0)1273 823700

www.responsibletravel.com

Responsible Travel offers a wide range of destinations, from picturesque villas in Italy to cultural experiences in japan, all whilst promoting respectful and considerate tourism.

Revolut

UK

+44 (0)203 322 83 52

www.revolut.com

Revolut is a Global Money App, it allows you to exchange currencies at perfect interbank rates, send money through social networks and spend with a multi-currency MasterCard®.

Rickshaw Travel

UK

info@rickshawtravel.co.uk

+44 (0) 1273 322 399

www.rickshawtravel.co.uk

Rickshaw Travel is a UK based ABTA/ATOL bonded travel operator, that uses locally owned accommodation with an authentic feel that is a cut above the usual backpacker haunts.

Ride With Us

UK

sales@ridewithustours.co.uk

+44 (0)1582 840 621

www.ridewithustours.co.uk

Organised motorcycle holidays around western and eastern Europe that offer something for everyone regardless of their touring experience.

ROCK Insurance Group

UK

info@rockinsurance.com

+44 (0)333 202 5670

www.rockinsurance.com

We provide smart and agile travel, gadget and commercial insurance products through our own direct brands and leading brands of our Affinity partners. We're fast growing and developing a reputation for doing things differently and that's why we say, you're better with us.

Roomlala

UK

communication@roomlala.com

+44 (0)203 514 7775

www.roomlala.com

Roomlala is an user-friendly online platform that puts people with spare rooms in touch with people who need somewhere to stay. We have more than 1.3 million members in over 40 countries.

Round The World Experts

UK

+44 (0)203 056 7993

www.roundtheworldexperts.co.uk

Round the World Experts are the tailor-made specialists of the Flight Centre Travel Group. Our experienced team are experts at creating amazing and authentic travel experiences all around the globe.

Round the World Insurance

UK

info@roundtheworldinsurance.co.uk

+44 (0)1273 320 580

www.roundtheworldinsurance.co.uk

Round the World Insurance provide specialist travel insurance designed for people on round-the-world or multi-stop trips.

Rug&Rock Adventures Ltd

UK

info@rugandrock.com

+44 (0)8 4444 123 12

www.rugandrock.com

Rug&Rock is an exciting company founded by and for enthusiastic travellers from a variety of different backgrounds. We have many years experience of adventure travel, mountaineering and sport and most of us have also taken part in social projects overseas, especially in Morocco.

RYA

UK

admin@rya.org.uk

023 8060 4100

www.rya.org.uk

The RYA is the national body for all forms of boating and offers courses specialising in the technique of sea survival at training centres across the UK.

Ryanair

UK

www.ryanair.com

Low cost airline to European destinations.

Saddle Skedaddle

UK

info@skedaddle.co.uk

+44 (0)191 265 1110

www.skedaddle.co.uk

Some say there is no better way to see a country, its culture, its wildlife and its people, than by bike! This company offers off-road, road or leisure cycling.

Safari Par Excellence

UK

+44 (0) 1548 830 059

www.zambezi.co.uk

Safari company with a 'no fuss or frills' ethos. They cover Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and other countries in Africa.

Safe Gap Year

UK

Info@safegapyear.co.uk

0845 602 55 95

www.safegapyear.co.uk

Safe Gap Year is a training and consultancy company specialising in Independent Travel Safety and Cultural Awareness.

Sail in Greece

UK

info@sail-ingreece.com

+44 (0)203 239 9253

www.sail-ingreece.com

Sail in Greece specializes in cruises and adventures around Greece and as we are specialized in one country we are good at it! We have the same passion as if we join every cruise we make and our fellow travelers are our close friends. Our experiences are enormous and our desire is to pass them on to the world!

Sainsbury's Travel Insurance

UK

0800 316 1453

www.sainsburysbank.co.uk/insuring/ins_extendedtrip_trv_skip.shtml

Sainsbury's Extended Trip Travel Insurance have a policy tailored to those between 16 and 45, providing cover for up to 12 months.

SAS Travel Peru

Peru

info@sastravelperu.com

+51 984 652 232

www.sastravelperu.com

SAS organize a huge variety of tours in Cusco and Peru, from Adventures trips, Treks, Amazon Jungle Trips and Packages in Peru to MachuPicchu tours, Inca Trail hikes and many more.

Scenic Air

Namibia

windhoek@scenic-air.com

+264 61 249 268

www.scenic-air.com

Scenic Air caters for individual travellers, families as well as groups. They offer flights to all of the popular tourist destinations in Namibia.

School Of All Relations (SOAR)

Greece

school.of.all.relations@gmail.com

+30 2297 026885

www.schoolofallrelations.com

School Of All Relations (SOAR) offers a residential educational program for international youth aged 18-26, based on the Greek Island of Aegina.

Scottish Youth Hostel Association

UK

info@syha.org.uk

01786 891400

www.syha.org.uk

There are over 70 SYHA hostels throughout Scotland. You can book online but you must be a member - you can join at the time of booking. Registered Charity No. SC013138.

Selective Asia

UK

contact@selectiveasia.com

+44 (0) 1273 670001

www.selectiveasia.com

Selective Asia offers a range of unique, privately guided tours and adventure holidays in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.

Simply Hike

UK

info@simplyhike.co.uk

0844 567 7070

www.simplyhike.co.uk

Simply Hike - dor camping gear, outdoor clothing and accessories.

Smaller Earth UK

UK

uk@smallerearth.com

+(44) 0151 702 6808

www.smallerearth.com

Smaller Earth is one of the UK's leading gap year travel providers, sending thousands of travellers abroad every year. Whether you're looking to volunteer in Africa, earn money in Australia or party in Bangkok, we've got the perfect collection of travel programmes for you.

Snow and Rock

UK

manager.direct@snowandrock.com

01483 445335

www.snowandrock.com

Snow & Ice have stores across the UK offering a wide choice of outdoor clothing and equipment including Arc'teryx, Merrell, The North Face and Salomon.

Snowcard Insurance Services Limited

UK

enquiries@snowcard.co.uk

0844 826 2699

www.snowcard.co.uk

An all-round activities insurance covering winter, general mountain and water sports as well as the standard travel risks. The unique 'Snowcard' gives 24 hour access to Assistance International.

Spaceships

New Zealand

info@spaceshipsrentals.co.nz

+64 9 526 2130

www.spaceshipsrentals.co.nz

Company offering campervan rentals in New Zealand and Australia.

Specialtours Ltd

UK

info@specialtours.co.uk

+44 (0) 20 7386 4690

www.specialtours.co.uk

International art and cultural tours. Access wonderful private houses, art collections and gardens. Most tours are accompanied by an expert lecturer.

SportsCover Direct Ltd

UK

contact@sportscoverdirect.com

01494 484800

www.sportscoverdirect.com

Whether you need to protect your income, are travelling abroad or wanting protection at home, we cover for most eventualities. Our products are tailored to amateurs or semi-professionals taking part in sports and activities including competitions.

St John Ambulance

UK

+44 (0)8700 104950

www.sja.org.uk

The St John Ambulance Association runs first aid courses throughout the year around the country. Courses last a day and are suitable for all levels of experience.

STA Travel

UK

0333 321 0099

www.statravel.co.uk

This company has branches or agents worldwide and a Help Desk telephone service, which provides essential backup for travellers on the move.

Stay4free.com

USA

www.stay4free.com

Stay4free.com enables people from all corners of the globe to arrange home exchanges for their next vacation. Best of all: no money changes hands and accomodation is free!

Steri Pen

USA

support@steripen.com

+1 207 374 5800

www.steripen.com

Steripen is a portable, fast and easy way to ensure water is safe to drink through harnessing the power of ultraviolet light.

Stray Ltd

New Zealand

enquiries@straytravel.co.nz

www.straytravel.com

Stray is New Zealand's fastest growing backpacker bus network - designed for travellers who want to get off the beaten track.

Student Money Saver

UK

info@studentmoneysaver.co.uk

0207 183 4671

www.studentmoneysaver.co.uk

Established by graduates in 2010, Student Money Saver is a website all about living large and spending little. We're here to save students money, source the best student deals and student discounts and give the best student finance tips.

Student Universe

UK

marketing@studentuniverse.co.uk

0808 234 4107

Whether you’re looking for a great deal on round the world flights, arranging a work abroad placement in Australia or a volunteering trip to Africa, StudentUniverse can handle every aspect of your gap year travel.

Suntrek

UK

0800 781 1660

www.intrepidsuntrek.com

Adventure tours arranged in the USA, Mexico, Alaska, Canada, Central and South America and Australia.

Sunvil

UK

+44 (0) 20 8568 4499

www.sunvil.co.uk

A range of active holidays/trips available including sailing holidays around the world.

Swiss Youth Hostels

Switzerland

contact@youthhostel.ch

+41 (0) 44 360 1414

www.youthhostel.ch

They have 52 hostels, ranging from traditional Swiss chalets, to modern buildings, large historic houses and even one or two castles.

T24 Black Card

UK

support@t24blackcard.com

+44 (0) 20 7281 6090

www.t24blackcard.com

Offers a USD-denominated prepaid card that comes with complimentary premium travel insurance and standard Priority Pass membership, giving you access to 850+ airport lounges worldwide.

Talkmobile

UK

0870 071 5888

www.talkmobile.co.uk

Talkmobile provides monthly or pay as you go international mobile SIM cards for travellers wishing to make phone calls abroad.

TalkTalkBnb

France

www.talktalkbnb.com/en

TalkTalkBnb connects travellers with hosts wanting to improve their language skills. Find free accommodation in exchange for speaking your mother tongue with your host!

Taurus Insurance Services

Gibraltar

team@taurus.agency

+350 0207 183 6081

www.taurus.gi

Taurus Insurance Services provides gap year and working holiday travel insurance.

ThaIntro

UK

enquiries@thaintro.com

+44 (0)845 3700 499

www.thaintro.com

Travel to Thailand and meet like-minded travellers. Explore wondrous Thai temples and beautiful national parks, relax on the warm beaches or try your hand at snorkelling in the sparkling clear waters, and enjoy an up-close experience with elephants in the jungle. Thaintro offers a great stepping stone into Thailand.

The adventure company

UK

0845 287 6541

www.adventurecompany.co.uk

Offers inspirational holidays and trips worldwide that venture off the well trodden tourist trails.

The Bundu Safari Company

UK

0800 781 1660

www.intrepidbundu.com

The Bundu Safari Company has teamed up with Intrepid Travel to offer exciting safari adventures.

The Bus Station

UK

www.busstation.net

www.busstation.net is a website which provides an extensive database of links to bus, tram and trolleybus operators and providers from across the world.

The Dragon Trip Pte Ltd

UK

info@thedragontrip.com

0203 817 5974

thedragontrip.com

The Dragon Trip is a provider of affordable holidays in China in the form of backpacking trips.

The Hospitality Club

Germany

info@hospitalityclub.org

www.hospitalityclub.org

The Hospitality Club is a global collection of members who assist each other with travelling opportunities, be it with a roof for the night or a guided tour through town.

The Imaginative Traveller

UK

online@imtrav.net

0845 287 2908

www.imaginative-traveller.com

Individual, escape and volunteering tours available.

The Luxury Cruise Company

UK

enquire@theluxurycruisecompany.com

020 7838 5991

www.theluxurycruisecompany.com

The Luxury Cruise Company offers ocean, river and exploration-style cruises worldwide and specialises in organising personalised cruise itineraries aboard the world's finest vessels.

The Luxury Holiday Company

UK

enquire@theluxuryholidaycompany.com

020 7590 0770

www.theluxuryholidaycompany.com

With over 210 years of collective travel specialist experience, The Luxury Holiday Company team are passionate about creating tailor-made holidays that live long in the memory.

The Oriental Caravan

UK

info@theorientalcaravan.com

+44 (0)1424 883 570

www.theorientalcaravan.com

The Oriental Caravan is a truly independent adventure tour operator specialising in escorted small group travel in the Far East.

The Royal Life Saving Society

UK

info@rlss.org.uk

+44 (0) 1789 773 994

www.rlss.org.uk

Contact The Royal Life Saving Society for information about qualifications in life saving, lifeguarding and life support.

The Russia Experience

UK

expert@trans-siberian.co.uk

0345 521 2910

www.trans-siberian.co.uk

The Trans-Siberian is a working train covering 9,000 km, 10 time zones, 16 rivers and some 80 towns and cities. A once in a lifetime experience.

The Tasty Ski Company

UK

info@thetastyskicompany.co.uk

+44 (0)7538 761 767

www.thetastyskicompany.co.uk

The Tasty Ski Company has a selection of catered ski chalets in Morzine and Le Grand Massif. Our prices include our lovely house wines, beer and soft drinks. This is an unlimited service not just confined to meal times.

The Unique Travel Company

UK

info@theuniquetravel.co.uk

01264 889 644

www.theuniquetravel.co.uk

We provide a personal, affordable Sri Lankan experience that gives you a truly unique experience knowing that you are also putting money back into the island to help it grow and prosper - we feel this is what responsible tourism is about.

Thomas Cook

UK

www.thomascook.com

General travel agent with high street branches offering flights and late deals.

Timberline Adventures

USA

timber@earthnet.net

+1 800 417 2453

www.timbertours.com

Hiking and cycling tours in the USA.

Top Dog Insurance

UK

info@topdoginsurance.co.uk

0800 093 6686

www.topdoginsurance.co.uk

Providing gap year travel insurance which covers many extreme sports and activities, including bungee jumping, scuba diving etc. The flexible policy allows you to return home for short periods of time.

Topdeck

UK

info@topdecktravel.co.uk

0845 257 5212; +44 (0)20 898

www.topdeck.travel

Providing unforgettable travel experiences for 18 to 30 somethings. Extended trips, festivals, ski and sailing in Europe, holidays in Egypt, Morocco, Jordan and Israel, safaris in Africa, adventures in Australia and New Zealand.

Total Backpacking

UK

contactus@totalbackpacking.com

www.totalbackpacking.com

Total Backpacking sells a range of travel essentials, including backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, portable electronics and first aid equipment.

Tour Bus

Australia

questions@tourbus.com.au

www.tourbus.com.au

If you are looking for Tour Bus options within Australia or around the world you will likely find some great resources here.

Tourdust Ltd

UK

help@tourdust.com

+44 (0)203 291 2907

www.tourdust.com

Tourdust specialises in adventurous holidays for independent minded travellers, combining down-to-earth adventures with carefully selected boutique hotels. They partner closely with local guides and hotels to offer high quality & great value holidays.

Tourism Queensland

UK

44 20 7367 0981

www.experiencequeensland.com

Explore the many beautiful destinations Queensland has to offer.

Tracks Safaris

UK

sue@trackssafaris.co.uk

+44 (0)1386 830264

www.trackssafaris.co.uk

Whether you are looking for a lodge safari, a tented safari, a self drive safari, a mobile safari, a walking safari, a flying safari, or a safari for the whole family, let Tracks Safaris give you some ideas and inspiration.

TransIndus

UK

enquiries@transindus.com

0844 879 3960

www.transindus.co.uk

TransIndus provides opportunities to discover both the must-see sights and off-track gems where you can gain an authentic taste of rural as well as urban India, beyond the reach of more conventional tourist trails with holidays which are both comfortable and relaxing, and culturally stimulating.

Travel Insurance Direct

UK

info@travel-insurance.net

0800 652 9944

www.travel-insurance.net

The Discovery policy is designed for anyone travelling on a budget, backpacking or travelling light. Whilst being a low cost option it still maintains excellent levels of medical insurance, including vital medical emergency repatriation cover.

Travel Insured

UK

0800 092 4383

www.travelinsured.co.uk

Travel Insured offer a backpacking and young traveller insurance policy for 16-45 year olds, covering non-manual work, sports and recreation, and innocent incarceration/kidnap.

Travel Money Card Plus

UK

0344 809 4564

www.postoffice.co.uk/travel-money/card

Travel Money Card Plus is a prepaid MasterCard. You can manage your account from anywhere via an app, online or even by text message.

Travel Nation

UK

+44 (0)1273 320580

www.travelnation.co.uk

Independent specialist travel company providing expert advice and the best deals on round-the-world trips, multi-stop itineraries, overland/adventure tours and Trans-Siberian rail journeys.

Travel Talk

UK

info@traveltalktours.com

+44 (0)20 8099 9596

www.traveltalktours.com

UK adventure and cultural tour operator, whom design tours especially for fun-loving and motivated people aged between 18 and 39.

Travel The Unknown

UK

+44 (0)20 7183 6371

www.traveltheunknown.com

Travel The Unknown offers small group (up to 12 travellers) and tailormade tours to various locales throughout Afica, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Travelbag Ltd

UK

0871 703 4698

www.travelbag.co.uk

Book flights, hotel, holidays and even find insurance on their website.

Travelex UK

UK

www.travelex.co.uk

Whether you're going to Andorra or Zambia, we've got you covered. With a choice of over 45 currencies and a range of Cash Passports™, we'll make it easy for you to get your travel money.

Travelinsurance.co.uk

UK

Information@travelinsurance.co.uk

0844 888 2757

www.travelinsurance.co.uk

Provides cover for up to 18 months travelling. Cover can be arranged for medical expenses, personal accident to repayment of student loan.

Travellers Auto Barn

Australia

info@travellers-autobarn.com.au

+61 2 9360 1500 (outside Aus

www.travellers-autobarn.com.au

No cheaper way to travel around Australia than in any of our campervans or stationwagons - we have offices all around Australia and all our rentals come with unlimited KM, free insurance, special discounts.

Travellers Connected.com

UK

info@travellersconnected.com

www.travellersconnected.com

A totally free community site for gap-year travellers. Register and contact travellers around the world for to-the-minute advice on the best places to go and best things to do.

Travellers Contact Point

Australia

+61 2 9211 7900

www.travellers.com.au

A specialist travel agency for independent and working holiday travellers. We have shops in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

TravelPharm

UK

info@travelpharm.com

+44 (0)115 951 2092

www.travelpharm.com

Provides travellers with a range of medication and equipment at very competitive prices to make your journey both healthier and safer!

TrekAmerica

UK

0208 682 8920

www.trekamerica.co.uk

With year round departures and over 50 unique itineraries from 3 to 64 days in length TrekAmerica tours are the ideal way to explore North America.

Trespass

UK

+44 (0) 141 568 8089

www.trespass.com

Trespass is an outdoor clothing, footwear and equipment manufacturer and retailer with over 200 stores throughout the UK. It also operates an e-commerce website for purchasing online.

Tribes Travel

UK

enquiries@tribes.co.uk

+44 (0)1473 890499

www.tribes.co.uk

A Fair Trade Travel company with lots of exciting tours for you to choose from, such as budget priced walking safaris to the more expensive once in a lifetime trips.

TripTogether

UK

support@triptogether.com

www.triptogether.com

Find a travel companion for any trip you have planned – from a city break to a month of backpacking.

Tru Experience Travel

UK

travel@truexperiencetravel.co.uk

01494 526163

truexperiencetravel.co.uk

Tru Experience Travel provides the opportunity to get involved through volunteer programs and internships from 2 weeks up to one year.

Tucan Travel

UK

+44 (0)800 804 8435

www.tucantravel.com

Tucan Travel are an adventure tour operator, specialising in group tours in South and Central America, Asia, Europe and Africa

Ultimate Gap Year

UK

info@ultimategapyear.co.uk

www.ultimategapyear.co.uk

Personalised safety training suitable for anyone embarking on a gap-year. Training held at homes throughout south-east England.

Urbane Traveller

UK

info@urbanetraveller.com

+44 (0)117 973 4053

www.urbanetraveller.com

Urbane Traveller source beautifully made & stylish travel accessories and fashionable travel clothing, bringing these products together under a premium and stylish online emporium.

USIT

Ireland

info@usit.ie

+353 (0)1602 1906

www.usit.ie

Irish travel agents offering cheap flights from Dublin, Cork and Shannon specifically aimed at students.

Uxlabil Eco Hoteles

Guatemala

+502 2366 9555; +1 305 677 3

www.uxlabil.com

Experience Guatemala at affordable prices. Uxlabil offers three unique hotels in Atitlán, Antigua and Guatemala City, each fully equipped with modern facilities and providing breathtaking views.

Vango

UK

info@vango.co.uk

01475 744122

www.vango.co.uk

Evergrowing range of tents, sleeping bags, rucsacks and outdoor accessories.

Veloso Tours

UK

travel@veloso.com

020 8762 0616

www.veloso.com

Veloso Tours specialise in trip to various countries in South America. Experience an authentic approach to travel, personalised around you from inspiration to implementation with our specialists advisors, high-quality service, expert local guides and professional organisation.

Venture Uganda

Uganda

info@ventureuganda.org

+256 (0)393 20 20 33

www.ventureuganda.org

Venture Uganda is an independent, Ugandan tour operator offering specialist holidays and educational visits to Uganda.

Vietnam Tour Pedia

Vietnam

hamid@vietcenter.vn

+84 4 6281 6212

www.vietnamtourpedia.com

Vietnam Tour Pedia is a Hanoi based travel agency offering tailor-made tours within Vietnam and Indochina with attention to gap year offers.

Vietnamese Private Tours

Vietnam

inspire@vietnameseprivatetours.com

+84 917 951100

www.vietnameseprivatetours.com

Vietnamese Private Tours specializing in tailor made private tours within Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Our services start from Vietnam visa, to hotel, cruises and more.

VIP Backpackers

Australia

info@vipbackpackers.com

+61 (0) 2 9211 0766

www.vipbackpackers.com

VIP Backpackers is the largest independent backpacker accommodation network in the world, with over 1,200 hostels across 80+ countries, and counting.

Virgin Broadband

UK

0845 650 4500

www.virginmedia.com

Provider of international broadband dongles enabling travellers to connect to the internet by simply plugging their broadband dongle into their laptop.

Virgin Money

UK

info@virginmoney.com

0845 089 6278

http://uk.virginmoney.com

Offers a 'Pre-paid Travel Money Card' enabling travellers to budget more easiliy and spend abroad with greater security.

Vodkatrain

UK

+44 (0) 20 8877 7650

www.vodkatrain.com

Experience the Trans-Mongolian railway and the Silk Road, travelling with local people, sampling local food and travel at local prices.

Voyager Insurance Services

UK

enquiries@voyagerins.com

01483 562 662

www.responsibletravelinsurance.co.uk

Voyager's Responsible long stay travel insurance policy gives you cover for up to 18 months, so it can be ideal if you're a backpacker, or if you're planning a gap year or sabbatical.

Voyages-sncf.com

UK

0844 848 5848

www.voyages-sncf.com

Specializes in selling tickets and passes for travel throughout Europe by train. Available to buy online, at our London Travel Centre or via our call centre.

Walks Worldwide

UK

sales@walksworldwide.com

0845 301 4737

www.walksworldwide.com

Walks Worldwide is a leading independent specialist for trekking and walking holidays, offering a wide choice of walking holidays to all the world's great trekking and walking destinations, many of which are unique to Walks Worldwide.

Warm Showers

USA

wsl@warmshowers.org

+1 720 259 9684

www.warmshowers.org

The Homestay Web has over 900 host families registered worldwide and waiting for you. You can search for a Homestay Host family open your own home up to others.

Warriors

South Africa

marketing@warriors.co.za

+27 83 737 2892

www.warriors.co.za

Warriors offers a variety of programs to participate in a range of experiences that are designed around the 5 core values of emotional fitness, social skills development, adventure & eco-tourism, entrepreneurship and work readiness and health & fitness to support the transition of entering adulthood.

Weldricks Pharmacy

UK

customerservices@weldricks.co.uk

0845 402 4409

www.weldricks.co.uk

Our UK based online pharmacy has a great range of travel medicines, insect repellents, sun care and travel accessories at great prices. Our online Doctor can assist with travellers requiring Prescription Only malaria prophylaxis.

Wendy Wu Tours

UK

info@wendywutours.co.uk

0800 9888 209

www.wendywutours.co.uk

Visit some of Asia's most beautiful locations with tailormade trips and tours from Wendy Wu Tours. From the Great Wall of China to the Taj Mahal in India, indulge yourself in a new culture and discover the wonders Asia has to offer.

WeSwap

UK

support@weswap.com

+44 (0)203 053 6610

www.weswap.com

WeSwap let travellers around the world swap currency with each other with no hidden costs, so that everyone gets the fairest rate and has more to spend.

Wexas Travel

UK

travel@wexas.com

020 7590 0610

www.wexas.com

Established for over 45 years, Wexas is one of the UK's most respected travel companies, specialising in luxury tailor-made travel to destinations across all seven continents.

Wild Frontiers Adventure Travel Ltd

UK

+44 (0)20 3930 4296

www.wildfrontierstravel.com

Wild Frontiers is committed to producing the most innovative and ground-breaking holidays on the market. Whether you are looking for serious adventure, or a more relaxing and luxurious experience, we have always strived to offer something different and memorable.

Wildlife Worldwide

UK

sales@wildlifeworldwide.com

01962 302 088

www.wildlifeworldwide.com

Wildlife Worldwide has been organising tailor-made wildlife tours since 1992. We provide tailor-made Indian & African safari holidays, whale watching holidays, wildlife cruising and Antarctic & Arctic voyages.

Winterline Global Education

UK

1-888-737-4226

www.winterline.com

Whether you spend a year or a week on a Winterline program, you will visit extraordinary places, experience new cultures, learn new skills and find out something important about yourself.

Working Holiday Store

UK

+44 (0) 1737 887556

www.workingholidaystore.com

An independent company that aims to provide travellers with an online resource, enhancing their planning and prep for the adventure of a lifetime.

World Expeditions

UK

enquiries@worldexpeditions.co.uk

+44 (0)20 8545 9030

www.worldexpeditions.com

Adventure travel company offering ground breaking itineraries on every continent. They offer exciting all inclusive adventures and challenges worldwide.

World First Travel Insurance

UK

info@world-first.co.uk

0345 90 80 161

www.world-first.co.uk

We are the worldwide travel insurance specialists and have 40 years of experience providing holiday insurance cover for all kinds of people, going to all kinds of places and doing all kinds of wonderful things.

World Nomads Ltd

UK

+44 (0) 1543 432 872

www.worldnomads.com

World Nomads Ltd offer an insurance package specifically targeted at independent travellers under the age of 60 for up to 18 months.

Worldtrekker Travel Insurance

UK

info@preferential.co.uk

0843 208 1928

www.preferential.co.uk/worldtrekker

World Trekker Travel Insurance offers four levels of cover from Standard to Ultra to UK resident travellers up to the age of 45 years.

YearOutWork

UK

www.yearoutwork.co.uk

YearOutWork is dedicated to helping you plan your time out... whatever you choose to do.

Yeomans Outdoors

UK

01246 477 513

www.yeomansoutdoors.co.uk

With over 90 stores across the UK, Yeomans Outdoors stocks a wide range of tents, camping equipment and outdoor clothing from brands such as Vango, Trekmates, Easycamp and Karrimor.

Younique Travel Adventures

UK

fiona.simpson@yoproject.co.uk

01793 680545

ytauk.co.uk

Younique Travel Adventures are experts in group travel and work specifically in Kenya & India.

Youth Hostel Association New Zealand

New Zealand

info@yha.co.nz

+64 (0)3 379 9970

www.yha.co.nz

Budget accommodation in New Zealand. Hostels open to all ages. Book online before you go.

Youth Hostels Association of India

India

contact@yhaindia.org

+91 (011) 2611 0250

www.yhaindia.org

Youth Hostel Association in India, with hostels which can be booked online through their website.