Summer is on its way and for many lucky Brits that means a trip abroad with family or friends.
It would be great if the days and weeks before a summer holiday could only be spent jumping up down with excitement, but the fact is there is plenty of planning to do.
Those who don’t make plans before their holiday could find themselves in a great deal of bother when the time comes to make the journey to the airport and fly abroad.
Booking travel insurance isn’t legally compulsory, but the majority of holiday-goers are keen to spend a few pounds on protecting themselves against horrific hospital bills abroad.
There are plenty of travel insurance companies around and it’s worth comparing premiums to make sure you get the best value deal for your holiday. This is especially true for tourists with medical conditions, as the premiums offered to them are likely to wildly vary. There are specialist travel insurance companies online and it might be worth visiting these websites if you want to deal with a company that knows your medical condition inside out.
Those planning any sort of potentially dangerous activities like water sports, winter sports, mountain climbing etc. should not even consider travel insurance a voluntary purchase, as their risk of injury is higher than your average tourist. These thrill-seekers would be advised to ensure their travel insurance policies covers all the activities they want to do.
Plan an itinerary
Planning an itinerary might seem a bit lame and rigid, but for those who want to get the most out of their holiday, it’s a good idea. Nobody wants to be spending their holiday doing research about their destination and arguing about what to do. Do that whilst you’re in freezing cold Blighty instead.
If you’re travelling with someone who is ill, this could be more important as there might be limits to what activities they can take part in.
The day before your holiday
It always sounds patronising whenever tourists are advised to check they pack everything they need, but you wouldn’t how many Brits do forget. A recent survey suggested that Brits waste £118 million a year buying items they forgot to pack for a holiday. Commonly forgotten items include phone chargers, batteries, suncream (!), and passports (!!). Don’t be that guy.
Travel to the airport is another consideration that needs to be made. Will you be driving, getting a taxi or another form of public transport? Each has their own advantages. Make sure to get the airport well in advance of your flight, so there are no last minute rushes.
Double-check your luggage allowances on your flight if you want to avoid nasty charges at the airport. Sort all these things out early so you can enjoy the evening before your flight.