We all love travelling abroad for a holiday as it a fantastic way for each one of us to rejuvenate, relax and unwind from all our hectic lifestyle. To ensure that your holiday goes smoothly and without any hassle from the moment you book your tickets, we share with you 10 great tips you must know before travelling abroad. These tips will ensure that you enjoy a stress free holiday from the momet you zip up your suitcase and head out the front door.
- Check your passport
The last thing you want to do is arrive at the airport only to find you’ve forgotten your passport or it’s out of date. You should also check the entry requirements of the country you’re travelling to because some require your passport to be valid for a particular period from your date of arrival.
- Find out if you need jabs
Get advice on whether you need travel vaccinations at least eight weeks before your trip, and if you’ve had vaccinations previously, make sure they’re in date. Some jabs are available for free on the NHS, and you can also get vaccinated at a private travel clinic.
- Organise essential documents
Keep important documents such as your passport, driving licence, entry visas, boarding pass and hotel confirmation safe and close at hand. And there are now apps available to store important travel information.
- Book parking
If you’re planning to park at the airport, shop around and book in advance to get the best price. It’s also worth considering arranging parking as part of an overnight stay at an airport hotel, especially if you’re leaving early in the morning.
- Don’t leave home at the last minute
Allow plenty of time to travel to the airport or ferry terminal to allow for disruption, and check travel information before you set off as well as during your journey.
- Weigh and measure luggage
Check your airline’s regulations for size and weight of bags to avoid extra charges. You can even buy your own handheld digital luggage scales to check the weight of your bags at home.
- Make your home secure
You don’t want to fall prey to burglars while you’re on holiday, so check all doors and windows before you leave. Cancel milk and grocery deliveries, and perhaps ask someone you trust to check on your home while you’re away.
- Get an EHIC for European breaks
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles you to free or reduced-cost medical care, although it won’t cover you for everything that travel insurance can. However, it’s unclear if this card will be available after the UK leaves the EU.
- Think about travel money
An alternative to cash is a prepaid card, which allows you to load it before you go abroad and then use as you would a debit card. However, it may be more cost effective to use a travel credit or debit card. Find out more here.
- Get the right travel insurance
It’s essential to get the right insurance to protect you while you’re away. And remember to make sure it covers you for any specific activities you’re planning to do, such as winter sports.
** Note: This is a collaborative post.