The Holiday Countdown: Making Sure You're Prepared

With a holiday on the horizon, even the most boring of work days can feel more manageable. You look forward to it all year, the promise of time off on the horizon to kick back and do whatever you want. 

With the anticipation comes the creeping knowledge that you're going to have to make plans. There's a lot you need to get right before holidaying abroad. So you can focus on pleasant anticipation rather than worrying about red tape, here's a countdown of the last four weeks and what you need to do in them. 

Four Weeks Before You're Set To Go 

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  • Check that you have visas if you are travelling to a country that requires them. You can usually find out details on the official websites of the country you are travelling to, and apply online for anything you might need. 
  • Look into any vaccinations that you might need. You don't need to have them at this point in most cases, but it's worth checking what might be required and booking appointments if needed.
  • If you're travelling in Europe, now's the time to make sure your EHIC application is up to date. This covers you for healthcare whilst on the continent, so it's an important bit of information.

Three Weeks Before You're Set To Go 

  • Time to book travel insurance, even if it's just for a short trip. Insurance is relatively inexpensive and could really help with the costs of any cancelled or unforeseen issues.
  • If you need vaccinations for your destination, now's the time for the unpleasant appointment. You might start to feel like a pincushion, but better than getting sick! 

Two Weeks Before You're Set To Go 

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  • Find your passport and make sure it's in a safe place. Take a photo of where it is and keep it on your phone, so you can remember you've got it located. Try to not move it again after this point. 
  • Gather together documentation on any health conditions and medicines you are taking. If possible, translate them online into the language of the country you are visiting. The will save time if you run into any medical problems. 
  • If you're going to be getting traveller's cheques, now is a good time to get those ordered and sorted. 
  • You should have any visa documents by this point. If not, set some time aside to chase them up. 

One Week Before You're Set To Go
  • You need to think about money. Don't wait to get to the airport to change money. The exchange rates are notoriously terrible and you could end up being ripped off. You can use online sites to find the best deals. Remember to collect money you order as soon as possible; it has no protection, so get it in your possession as soon as possible. 
  • Save and print off copies of insurance information. Also details of the hotel and any transport hire you have purchased in advance. 

By following the above plan, you can make sure your holiday runs exactly as it should. All that's left to do is to have a great time! 

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