Everyone loves going on a vacation. The idea of taking a break from real life and heading to a place with sun, surf and as many sangrias as you can manage is pure heaven. The trouble with going on vacation is the organisation that comes with it. The lead up to jumping on that flight to paradise can be somewhat stressful, so it’s very lucky you have a couple of weeks ahead to destress!
Booking a holiday is an overwhelming experience, especially if you are indecisive about where you want to go and what you want to see. Organising your holiday is more than just getting that passport ready and you don’t want anything to go wrong. So, sit back and add our pointers to your checklist. If you’ve already done them all, then it’s a pat on the back for you!
Travel Insurance: It’s one of those documents people don’t realise they need until they need it. While you may feel invincible, don’t forget about insurance. You can always trust yourself to stay safe, but you can’t always trust other people to keep you that way! It’s not just medical insurances you’ll need but insurance in case you have to cancel your trip. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Read more about the different types of travel insurance here.
Home Security: Speaking of safety, think about your home. You’re about to leave for a week or two and it’s going to be standing empty. Whether you live in a favourable area or not, you need to think about how secure your house is. Do you have extra locks on those sliding security doors? How about timers like these on the lights for the evenings? It’s always a good idea to have a friend or neighbour to pop in and check everything is secure while you’re away, too.
Visas: Most countries that you can go to let you enter for up to 90 days without a visa. The keyword there is most, not all! Hopefully, you’ll have done your research before you travel about the country you are going to, but if you haven’t it’s time to do that. You need to make sure you’re not going to get caught short at the airport when you land. Check before you travel so you aren’t stuck in travel chaos!
Documents: If you’re organised, you’ll have put all your documents into the order you need them. You also should go one step further and scan in all your travel documents and email them to yourself. This way, if you lose the paperwork or they get coffee spilled on them during the flight, you’re covered.
Regulations: Check out the airport regulations on what you are and aren’t allowed to pack in your hand luggage. Doing this in advance will save you embarrassing situations down the line. The rules change every year, so don’t rely on what you were allowed to do three or four years ago!
Your holiday doesn’t have to be a stressful one – just make sure you stay as organised as you can and check your list twice!