News & Updates

Coronavirus update

UK holidays and also holidays to Europe are all going ahead as scheduled

Please follow this link for a full update      Covid 19 update

Please be patient when contacting us,  we are a small company of only two staff

Kind regards

Jilly & Debbie

Booking Your Flight

Please always try to book your flight through a website or agent who are ABTA and ATOL members and pay with a credit card..Book a flight with a COVID guarantee who will refund you if the holiday does not go ahead. (such as Easyjet)

See our flight button

Brexit - travel rules have changed.

Click here for information on travel to EU countries

Travel Insurance

Always make certain that you have insurance cover as soon as you book your holiday or flight. If you do not have an annual travel insurance policy you can take out cover just for the dates of your holiday at any point prior to the holiday taking place. The Post Office Travel Insurance includes cover fro Covid.

Taking out cover straight away ensures that should anything unexpected happen that is covered by the insurance policy  you can make a claim . Travel insurance policies vary enormously ALWAYS read the small print

Brexit and how it affects your travel

Passport You will now need at least three months validity left on your passport when travelling to an EU country and probably 6 months for further afield. Be especially careful if you renewed your passport early last time you renewed as this does not include the extra time on your passport between the actual renewal date and the date it was due for renewal. Follow this link, click on the country you are travelling to and then click on Entry Requirements

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)  which gave free, or reduced rate, healthcare when visiting the EU has been replaced with the UK Global Healthcare Insurance Card (GHIC).

This is free of charge, visit to obtain yours. You can continue to use your old EHIC until it expires. Neither of these cards covers Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Do not forget to take out additional travel insurance as these cards do not cover all costs should you become sick or injured when in an EU country.
Remember that the GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property.

Updates - flight delays

My flight has been delayed. Can I get compensation?

Check the Citizens advice website for detailed information by following this link

Also read the following

Airlines don't have to pay out for delays caused by snow because weather is classified as an "extraordinary circumstance" – though some airlines may issue a refund at their discretion. For those of you flying to India you are almost certainly on a non EU airline so contact them direct to see exactly what you are entitled to.

According to Which magazine you can challenge your airline if you don't agree there were extraordinary circumstances – for example, if you are told you can't fly due to the snow, but other flights are departing. "Airlines may stretch the definition of extraordinary circumstances further than they should."

Which Magazine  states:-

If the delay is not caused by extraordinary circumstances you will be entitled to compensation under EU rules, but only if you are flying with an airline based in the EU or with a non-EU-based airline flying from an EU airport, and only if the delay is for two hours or more. If you are flying somewhere else or with a non-EU-based airline not flying from the EU you'll have to check that carrier's terms and conditions.

If you are delayed for two hours or more you are entitled to: two free phone calls, faxes or e-mails; free food and drinks; and free hotel accommodation if you need to stay overnight.

If your flight arrives at its destination three hours or more late you will receive compensation of between €250 and €600, depending on how far your flight takes you. So you'll get €250 if your three hour-delayed flight travels 1,500km or less (ie, London to Amsterdam), but €600 if your plane is delayed by four hours or more and travels at least 3,500km (ie, London to Sydney).

My flight has been cancelled. Will I get my money back?

If your flight is cancelled you should be offered either a refund or an alternative flight to your original destination.

For compensation you will have to look to the EU rules again, though if the delay is caused by snow – and thus an extraordinary circumstance – you might not get anything. If you are covered by EU regulations you will be entitled to travel assistance (such as help with rebooking for a later date) as well as meals and accommodation etc. Check the official EU website for more on your rights.

Call to book: 01273 564230

Welcome to Free Spirit Travel, UK's leading provider of yoga holidays

About Us

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Who are we and what do we do?

Free Spirit Travel is a small family firm, created by Jilly Batchelar in 1994. Since then we have become the premier yoga holiday agency in the UK, and probably in Europe, with the biggest selection of yoga styles, locations and teachers.

We specialise mainly in the yoga holiday market and create relaxing holidays in beautiful locations combined with daily yoga sessions. There is a large choice of a wide variety of yoga styles and yoga venues - do phone us to chat about what you personally require, five minutes on the phone can save you a lot of time and if we don't have what you want and know somebody who does we will give you their details.

A holiday with yoga has become a major lifestyle choice for many. We work with the yoga community and have a rebooking rate many times the industry average, a tribute to the commitment to quality that we share with all our holiday centres and our teachers.

For all our holidays our aim is to provide the best selection of relaxing and exclusive holidays in beautiful locations, away from the main stream. We are the market leaders in yoga holidays, and our holidays range from yoga venues and eco retreats to the  occasional specialised yoga holidays. These are  specially structured with additional activities such as swimming with dolphins, art, cycling or walking. Perfect for singles and vegetarian friendly

On any holiday the main part of the group will be composed of people travelling on their own. The rest of the group will be those travelling with a friend or partner. Some of our holidays are particularly suited to taking a non-yoga friend/partner with you. If this is something you would like to do then ask us for advice on what has worked well before - generally yoga hotels work extremely well for this.

We are committed to the highest quality from end to end, our holidays are vegetarian friendly serving vegetarian food and we support organic and ecologically sound practices.

We do very little advertising, preferring that our reputation spreads by recommendation and are lucky to have had many articles written about us in both glossy magazines and journals.

The holidays

All venues will either be close to the beach and/or have a swimming pool. There are both holidays and retreats to choose from - as a rule of thumb a holiday is just that, optional daily yoga classes and time to do whatever you want, be with the group or go off on your own as you choose.

Retreats are more intensive with long yoga sessions and may include Kama Yoga - see Yoga in Finland for an example of this.

Personal Service

We pride ourselves on our personal service and we now have many customers who have travelled with us more than once, some many times. In fact the record is 6 in one year! (We should all be that lucky....)

As we have been to the places we use, we can usually give you advice based on our own personal experience, and find you something that will really suit your mood and your budget. 

Jilly and Linda have both qualified as yoga teachers and we all practise yoga so we can talk with authority. Debbie is an ardent and highly experienced traveller and is always ready to help you find a cheap flight on the internet or to give travel advice.

We want to be certain that you are getting a great holiday with a yoga teacher who will know how to look after you no matter what standard you have attained so always phone us and ask questions.

We look forward to looking after you this year.

Kind regards
Jilly Batchelar and Debbie Kennard

Other occasional help who might answer the phone

Linda Garrick (Jilly's sister )
Tony Batchelar (Jilly's husband, web master and tech support)
Isabella & Claud (office cats, general muddier of documents and insatiably curious beings)