The Things Too Many People Ignore Before They Head Off on Holiday

It’s very easy to get blinded by the fun and anticipation of the holiday ahead of you, but that can’t stop you from doing the things that everyone should be doing before they reach the departure gate. Ignorance always costs when you’re about to go travelling, so don’t allow yourself to set out on your travels before you’ve made sure that you’ve covered all the essential basics.


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If you’re wondering what exactly those essential bases are, we’re going to help you find out. It’s not too late for you to get things done and to make yourself secure and ready for what lies ahead of you. Sure, it can be time-consuming and boring to get everything done ahead of your big holiday, but it’ll pay off when you’re able to relax properly during the actual holiday itself. So read on to find out more.


Shop Around for Good Exchange Rates

Finding the very best exchange rates for yourself ahead of your trip is definitely important. You don’t want to exchange your money only to later find that you could have found yourself a better deal elsewhere if you’d have looked harder. There are plenty of resources online that will help you to find the best possible deal for your currency exchange. The same applies when you return home. You can also use a money saving discount website like DealsDaddy for a have voucher code for hotel booking, travel booking or Ski holiday.


Get Travel Insurance

Even if it might not seem like it at the time, whenever you leave for a holiday without getting all of your travel insurance sorted, you take a big risk. If you were to have an accident or get sick while you’re in another country, the bills you’d have to face when you return home would be huge. With a cheap travel insurance policy, you’d ensure that risk was never taken.


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Find Out Which Documents You Need

It’s not always as easy as picking up your passport and boarding pass and heading to the airport. Sometimes, you need to have further documentation to prove you have the right to be entering a country. Different countries have different rules regarding all this, so you should check and double check you know the rules and have the right papers and documents before you get close to your date of departure.


Inform the Bank

The bank should always be aware of where you’re going if you’re planning on using your card in another country. If they’re not aware, they could mistakenly think that someone has stolen your card details and has started using them overseas. This does happen so you can’t blame them for being cautious. However, you definitely don’t want to be dealing with a frozen account when you’re trying to relax and have a good time on holiday.


Personal Health and Hygiene

You definitely need to be looking after your general health and personal hygiene ahead of your trip. You don’t want a health problem to derail your holiday. It’s also important to think about the potential health problems you might face when you’re away. For example, combating diseases and big bites can be a major issue. Other things can be down to a matter of convenience, such as finding options to delay your period. Consider everything and prepare accordingly.


A Strict Budget

Thinking about your budget is something that you definitely need to do when you’re about to head out on holiday. It might sound obvious, but it’s something people don’t always plan out in enough depth. The last thing you want is to run out of money when you’re on a foreign country. If you’re forced to start using your credit card rather than cash or travellers cheques, you’ll incur fees for every transaction and withdrawal because you’re in another country.


If You’re Going to Hire a Car, Book it in Advance

So many people land at their destination and then book a hire car when they’re there. It’s something that might sound sensible and logical enough, but that doesn’t mean it actually is. You tend to get far worse deals when you book on arrival because the companies operating there know that you need a car right away so you can start your holiday. You have more options and therefore more chances to save money if you do this in advance. It should also be quicker.


Heading off on your holiday is one of those exciting times in life that everyone should cherish and enjoy. But before you do that, you need to make sure that you get all of these issues covered. Only then will you be able to get the most out of your holiday without any worries or problems.


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27 responses

  1. Great advice Stella. Other advice is if your on medication make sure the full medication packets are put in clear plastic food bags and in your hand luggage not your hold luggage. Yoir allowed an extra bag in hand luggage if you have to take meds with you.

    If your hold luggage goes missing then you won’t be without your medication. Ensure you have proof of your meds with you such as a GP letter or/and the prescription backs of your medication.

    Also buy hand hold weighing scales and weigh your luggage before you go the airport too so there are no nasty surprises in charges if your luggage is overweight. You can always add more weight, before you go to your booking which is a whole lot cheaper than paying at the airport. It’s £35 for an extra 10 kilos as it stands

  2. Such useful tips. I must admit I have lists (for everything) and make sure they are ticked off. It is amazing how much money you can save on foreign currency by shopping around x

  3. Some great advice – especially the informing the bank (although my bank says they have advanced systems now and we can’t inform them…so frustrating when they’ve blocked our access because their system says no!!)
    We always rent our cars in advance too. I’ll definitely be shopping around more for the best exchange rate – we’re always on the last minute with this!

  4. I definitely agree that it is important to book a car in advance but I would also say that you should always check the small print. Otherwise you might have to pay extra charges like we had to!

    • Oh no! Hope it wasn’t too pricey. Checking the small print is important so you don’t get an unexpected bill.

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  6. Oh, don’t talk to me about exchange rates. When my son went to France last year, I exchanged his spending money and 3 days later the exchange rate was a lot better! Travel insurance is a must too!

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