Buy Travel Insurance
Make sure you get the insurance that is suitable for the trip you are going on. An EHIC card is valid for all medically-necessary care in Europe but won’t cover things like returning to the UK. If your holiday involves hazardous activities, make sure your insurance covers them. If you can’t get insurance to cover the activity think again about doing it!
A holiday would not be much fun if you were unable to spend money once you were out of the country. Check what currency you need and if possible have a mix of currency, traveller’s cheques, prepaid currency cards and bank or credit cards so that you have as many options as possible. Check your cards will work at your destination and tell your bank and credit card company when you will be away.
Take copies of your passport with you and leave another copy with a family member or friend before you travel. Check your passport has enough time left to run in order to comply with entry requirements at your destination. Don’t forget to check whether you need to obtain a visa before travel to enter your country of destination.
Vaccinations on a long haul holiday can cost up to £300 at a private clinic. Therefore, visit your GP before you travel to have all the necessary vaccinations. If you take regular medication some countries may require you to have a letter from your doctor explaining what the medication is and why you require it.
Holidaymakers spend an extra £120 each summer on mobile bills while they are away because they don’t understand the roaming rules. Obtain a bolt on package for your mobile phone so you can make calls, send texts and access data as cheaply as possible while you are abroad.
Check the current rules on what you can carry in your hand luggage. It will help to reduce stress levels if you ensure you comply with any restrictions in force at the time of your flight. Make sure you also comply with allowances for luggage weight and size to avoid being told you cannot fly or having to pay high charges for extra baggage allowances at the airport.
Know Your Destination
If you know what the place you are going to has to offer, you can prepare before you travel. Pre-book excursions if you can – this is often cheaper and will help you to avoid the queues. If you want to see a particular show or eat at a particular restaurant, make reservations early. A guidebook can be quite handy once you have arrived at your destination as they usually include useful phrases and maps which you will want to refer to while you are away.
Katherine Allen has practised in the field of Travel Litigation for over 17 years. She has been recognised as a leader in dealing with claims arising out of package holidays, road traffic accidents in foreign countries, accidents while working abroad and accidents occurring on aeroplanes, trains and ships. For more information, get in touch via our contact page.