• Lonely Planet ( Destination info, hotel bookings, traveller forum.
  • Ferry ( Research and book ferry tickets.

* Seat 61 ( Comprehensive A to Z of train travel.

  • Visit Europe ( Has practical advice and useful links.
  • Michelin ( Good for road directions and online maps.
  • Euroflights ( Lists budget airlines and routes.

What to Take

  • Travel insurance – make sure it covers any activities you might be doing.
  • Driving licence and, if necessary, International Driving Permit.

* Photocopies of all important documents – so you're covered in case of theft.

  • Plug adaptor, power transformer and mobile-phone recharger – so you can stay connected.
  • Smart set of clothes – for that 'oh so chic' French restaurant.
  • Sandals or thongs – for showers and pebbly beaches.
  • Hat and shades – lifesavers when it's 35°C in the shade.
  • Rain gear – it does rain in the Med, in some months a lot.
  • Insect repellent – don't let the mosquitoes get to you.
  • Bottle opener – picnics are much better when you can open the wine.