Travelling is great. There is nothing better for recharging your batteries than a trip to somewhere new and different. However, if you want to get the most out of the experience, there are a few things to remember when travelling particularly before you leave.
Buy decent travel insurance
It always surprises me when friends and family tell me that they do not book travel insurance before their date of travel. What happens if you have to cancel your flights? Without insurance, you will lose all that money. So, buying a travel policy is definitely one of, if not the most important, things to remember when travelling.
It is particularly important to buy travel medical insurance from UHCSafetrip or someone similar. The cost of medical treatment is high wherever you go. Plus, in some places getting past the hospital receptionist without a travel insurance policy is tricky. In some parts of Europe, even if you have an EHIC card they will ask you for travel insurance. They shouldn’t but they do.
You also need to bear in mind that the EHIC scheme does not cover the cost of repatriation. Even from somewhere like Europe, the cost of hiring an ambulance to take you back to your home country is eye-watering. So, wherever you are going do not forget to buy travel insurance.
Passports and visas
Before you actually book your holiday, check that everyone’s passports will still be valid at the time you are planning to travel. Bear in mind that a lot of countries will now not grant you entry unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you are due to leave the country.
Check your country’s travel advice for your destination. Doing so will alert you of any potential issues before you book. Usually, you will be able to find out if you need a visa and how to get it from that type of website.
Sort out your medication
Well in advance of your trip make sure that everyone has enough medication. Also, double check that you can take those drugs into the country you are travelling to without a note from your doctor. This is always overlooked. Make it one of the things to remember when travelling and organise this well in advance.
Pack your driving licence
If you are hiring a car or bike while on holiday, don’t forget to pack your driving licence. You would be amazed at how many people forget to do this.
Empty the bin before you go
Last but by no means last is emptying your kitchen bin before you leave. Arriving home to scrap food that has been cooking in a plastic container for two weeks or more is a very fast way to take the edge off of your holiday.
Pay attention to home security
Take the time to go through your home making sure everything is unplugged and off. Also, check that all of the windows and doors are closed and locked. It is also worth setting up a light or two on a timer to make it look like there is still someone in the house. You can even buy smart switches and bulbs that will enable you to control certain lights from anywhere in the world. There are plenty of how to videos available on YouTube.