Whether you are planning on travelling by road or on foot, there are some things you should consider. The most important thing is that you must not assume that everything in England is the same as in your country. Check everything carefully and understand the differences.
You should also remember that this page cannot tell you everything you need to know to be safe and legal, so please do follow external links and do your own research.
The most obvious thing to remember is that cars drive on the left here in England; if you hire an English car, the steering wheel will be on the right-hand side, whereas if you bring your own car, you will have a more challenging driving position to deal with.
You should also consider your driving licence: check that it is valid for driving in Great Britain on the GOV.UK website.
How about your insurance? Make sure that you have suitable insurance, and that it covers you for driving in England.
Now think about the Highway Code.
Remember that the rules of the road still apply to you, and cyclists must also consider helmets and other safety clothing. Do not cycle in black clothes, but wear highly visible tops, with lights at the front and rear, to make sure you can be seen.
If you are going to cycle in and around Bournemouth, you will certainly save money and keep fit. However, you should think carefully about your safety; we suggest looking at this guide to cycling safely as well as the NHS Cycling safety advice.
Bournemouth is not a dangerous place to live, but you should always be sensible and think about your safety.
Be sure to follow designated footpaths and pavements; don't walk on the roads and be very careful when crossing the roads - remember that the cars drive on the left, and this can take some time to get used to.
Don't walk alone at night, especially not in areas that are dark and quiet. Keep to areas that are busier and well lit.
Finally, make sure you tell your homestay host / flatmates what time you will be home, and keep in communication at all times.
There are many local ports and airports that you can use; we offer a guide to them all.
We can organise a service to bring you from the airport to Bournemouth, and to take you back again.