Taking a holiday is an exciting way to escape the monotony of daily life. But getting organised for a trip can be stressful.
From airport delays to paperwork and currency, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to travelling. And there’s plenty that can go wrong. But fear not. With our top tips, you’ll be well-prepared for any journey.
Giving yourself enough time properly plan your trip can save stress, hassle and money. If you’re heading abroad, make sure to check your passport is up to date and find out the specific visa rules for the country you’re travelling to.
Make lists of items you’ll need to take with you and buy anything you need in advance to save you spending over the odds at the airport.
Order any foreign currency ahead of time, especially if it’s not commonly stocked and make sure you add money onto any travel cards you’ll be using. It’s also worth letting your bank know if you’ll be using any cards abroad so they don’t freeze any accounts if they see unusual overseas spending.
Make sure you have appropriate plug sockets and don’t forget to pack USB chargers for your electrical devices and equipment.
Check local news
As your travel day approaches, be sure to check local and national news to make sure all transport is running as planned. If there are likely to be any delays or cancellations, consider alternative routes and plan to set off well ahead of time.
You should also check weather reports for both your home location and your travel destination in case there are any warnings or adverse weather that could potentially disrupt your travel plans.
Depending on where you’re travelling to, you may require vaccinations. Plus, it’s also a good idea to have a general check-up with your doctors to make sure you’re fully fit to travel, especially if you’re visiting overseas for a longer time period.
Keep up to date with travel guidance for the country you’re planning to visit and be aware if there are any events or situations that could cause any safety issues.
Flights, accommodation, spending money and insurance can all add up. Budget well in advance and make sure you have an emergency fund should anything go wrong.
Once on holiday, don’t be tempted to spend more than you’ve allowed for as it’s never fun when you run out of cash on the second or third day! Remember to take credit cards in case of any unexpected, urgent expenses such as medical bills or accommodation charges.
Whilst it might seem that there’s a lot to think about, by planning properly and organising your money and time, you can ensure that your travel goes smoothly.