These are UK-based tour operators and travel companies specialising in 18-30s holidays, youth travel, student travel.
||0870 850 3999
||Part of the First Choice group. Holidays for 17 to 29 year-olds in 7 Mediterranean destinations (Ibiza, Majorca, Crete, Cyprus, Zante, Kos, & Corfu). That's fewer than in 2005. They've dropped the Canaries and Turkey from the programme to concentrate of the most popular Med destinations.
|Backpacker Tour Company, The
||0870 745 1046
||Online agency selling small group backpacker tours around the UK, Europe and worldwide.
||0870 750 0178
||They've been running clubbing holidays around the Med for a long time now (1965!). Destinations include Ibiza, Mallorca, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Cyprus, Corfu, Zanta, Crete, Rhodes and Kos. Part of the Thomas Cook group.
||020 8290 6422
||A 40 year-old Australian company now operating from the UK as well. Huge range of escorted small-group exploratory tours for 18-35 year-olds with plenty of activities. They have a set of four brochures/programmes for 04/05, covering Australia & New Zealand; America (inc Canada, Alaska & Hawaii); Europe & the Mediterranean; and budget Europe. They also have two resorts of their own on Mykonos (Greece), Great Keppel Island (Australia) and Bali, which are designed for more affluent young adults who aren't interested in wet t-shirts and drinking competitions.
||0844 225 3135
||Small group guided adventure tours for 18-30s from Explore. They launched the brand in Jan 12 with 75 trips worldwide ranging in duration from 4 to 82 days.
||Summer camp holidays for youth groups in eleven European countries.
|Pillow Adventure Travel
||01666 504 601
||Independent tour operator offering party tours to festivals and events across Europe - such as the Pamplona Bull Run and Oktoberfest in Munich - and adventure tours to Morocco, Egypt, Nepal, India and other destinations.
||0870 1 600 599
||Probably the best-known student travel brand around. Since the agency was set up over a quarter of a century ago it has grown into an organisation with 65 branches in universities and on high streets in the UK and 450 branches worldwide.
||020 7244 8000
||Adventure travel company specialising in group tours for 18-30s market. Started back in the early seventies running converted London double-decker buses through Europe and beyond. Now has a worldwide programme of exploratory holidays.
||020 8896 1600
||Expedition specialist brand Budget Expeditions has been absorbed in to Tucan now and is a travel "style"(!) but they still do what they always did: group adventure and discovery tours for 18-35s.
- Stoke Travel (Not based in UK) offer an eclectic mix of activity breaks: surf camps, sports trips, festivals, snow parties, road trips.... fun stuff!
- Hostelworld.com has comprehensive details and handles bookings for over 8,000 hostels in 155+ countries worldwide, and likewise, HostelBookers.com (£) offer 10,000 budget properties in over 2,500 destinations Worldwide - both very useful sites if you are travelling on the cheap.