Planning A Trip And Enjoying Your Holiday A Travel Check List

Planning A Trip And Enjoying Your Holiday A Travel Check List



Common wisdom tells us that a​ death of​ a​ loved one and moving house are the​ two most stressful events a​ person can go through in​ the​ modern world. Not being an​ estate agent or​ a​ funeral director,​ I can’t really comment on​ either of​ these – but I do feel qualified to​ discuss another stressful area – planning a​ trip and preparing to​ go on​ holiday.

It’s ironic that a​ period of​ the​ year designed to​ promote rest and relaxation can actually be the​ cause of​ the​ most stress and strain present for the​ entire year. Things are usually completed in​ a​ rush,​ there is​ a​ lot to​ organise and there’s packing time to​ consider – and that’s not even taking into account the​ stress families will go through looking after the​ kids during all of​ this! For this reason,​ I’ve written a​ useful holiday check list to​ ensure you​ don’t miss any of​ the​ small things which have a​ tendency to​ turn into bigger problems while you’re away.

Simply work through my holiday check list and travel with peace of​ mind:

Before you​ go (planning your trip)

• Always make sure you​ have full travel insurance,​ fit for the​ purpose of​ your trip and if​ you​ have an​ annual policy - check that it​ is​ still valid. Sometimes people who have purchased annual travel insurance forget to​ renew it,​ and assume they are covered whenever they wish to​ leave the​ country. Checking your travel insurance is​ right for the​ task can save you​ a​ lot of​ stress and tears in​ the​ long run,​ should the​ worst happen. it​ is​ also essential that you​ make your travel insurance company aware of​ any pre existing medical condition you​ have before you​ travel – although it​ may increase your costs in​ the​ short term,​ you​ may find yourself without cover if​ you​ later need to​ claim on​ such an​ illness without having warned them of​ it!

• if​ you’re traveling within the​ European economic region,​ or​ in​ Switzerland,​ you​ should get a​ free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). It’s a​ common misconception that this is​ as​ good as​ travel insurance for giving you​ free health care,​ but it​ can entitle you​ to​ reduced costs,​ meaning you​ are not left out of​ pocket while you​ wait to​ be reimbursed on​ your policy.

• When planning a​ trip,​ make sure the​ vaccinations for both you​ and your family are up to​ date – especially if​ you’re travelling outside of​ Europe. Your health care provider can advise you​ of​ any additional vaccinations you’ll need depending on​ where you’re going.

• Fill in​ the​ contact details at​ the​ back of​ your passport for the​ next of​ kin,​ or​ the​ details of​ someone who can be contacted in​ case of​ an​ emergency.

• Make sure you​ are aware of​ the​ immigration and custom laws of​ the​ country you​ are traveling to​ when planning a​ trip. a​ visa may take a​ little time to​ come through,​ so be prepared and allow enough time to​ complete this procedure. Also you​ should note that in​ many countries your passport needs to​ be valid for at​ least six months after the​ date you​ travel,​ so check this in​ advance.

• Tell someone where you​ are going and when they should expect you​ back. Try to​ leave an​ itinerary and details of​ where you​ may be able to​ be contacted during your time abroad,​ in​ case of​ emergency.

• if​ you​ are planning on​ driving in​ foreign climes,​ take your full driving license with you. Make sure you​ are aware of​ the​ driving laws,​ license requirements and driving conditions of​ your destination before you​ set off.

When you​ are there

• Be aware of​ security and take sensible precautions. if​ an​ area is​ advised against travelling to,​ the​ chances are there’s a​ good reason for it!

• Keep a​ note of​ the​ local embassy,​ high commission or​ consulate number. Although the​ chances are you​ will not need it,​ it’s always worth holding on​ to​ in​ the​ case of​ emergency.

• Stay in​ regular contact with your family and friends,​ especially if​ you​ are travelling alone. This will ensure they’re always aware of​ where you​ are and should be,​ and can ensure they can contact you​ in​ the​ case of​ emergency.

• Respect local customs and behave and dress appropriately. Although unlikely to​ cause disastrous problems,​ as​ a​ guest in​ a​ foreign culture,​ it’s only polite to​ try and fit in.

On return

• Inform family and friends of​ your safe return,​ to​ end their worries and ensure no bogus emergency calls are made.

• if​ you​ need to​ make any claims against your travel insurance make sure this is​ done at​ the​ earliest opportunity,​ for maximum chance of​ getting a​ positive result.

I hope this travel check list has been helpful. Although planning a​ trip in​ this much detail may seem like a​ lot of​ hassle,​ dotting all the​ ‘I’s and crossing all the​ ‘T’s,​ it​ really is​ worth doing. in​ the​ end,​ following this holiday check list to​ the​ letter will ensure you​ are more relaxed and prepared to​ enjoy your holiday,​ and should the​ worst happen you’ll be well equipped to​ deal with it.




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