Plan.Pack.Explore is the Foreign Office's new guide for young travellers, free at bit.ly/OffYouGo. It contains a wealth of useful information, but we don't agree with all of it.
"Bank on having to tip extensively from the US to Asia" – while tipping is deeply ingrained in America, in Asian countries such as Japan and Korea it is unnecessary.
"Stay in larger hotels that have more elaborate security" – yet well-run small hotels are often safer than multinational chains into which strangers can wander freely.
"If you cannot afford insurance, you cannot afford to travel" – with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you can explore the Continent in the knowledge that a medical emergency will not bankrupt you.Reuse content