With the festive season behind us already, chances are if you’ve made travel plans for 2019 you’re already desperate to jump on that plane and leave your ordinary life behind. But before you dig out your passport and head to the airport, take a look at our 2019 travel checklist and make sure you’re 100% ready for your next (or first) travelling adventure.
Get your insurance sorted
Travel insurance? Check. Medical Travel Insurance? Erm….? You’ll be amazed at how many travellers head abroad without suitable medical travel insurance in place. Many go with the assumption that their travel insurance covers them for medical issues, but you’ll need to check the small print. Your travel insurance means that if your flight is cancelled, the airline can no longer provide its services or if your luggage is lost, then you’ll be covered. Medical insurance – from uhc safetrip for example – means that if you slip in the hotel foyer and break your arm or you fall from a kerb and bang your head in the city, you’ll be covered. That includes travel to the hospital, access to a Dr and medical teams, medication and treatments and even repatriation if the worst should happen. Don’t take the risk and travel without it. Make sure you have some in place before you travel.
Make copies of all your documents
Most documents are now saved to hard drives and accessible via the internet, but should never underestimate the power of hard copies, especially whilst travelling and when access to the internet isn’t a guarantee. If your genuine documents are stolen are lost then having backups of everything will be a huge relief. You can print them off and have them together in a folder in your luggage.
- Make copies of your passport
- Your driver’s license
- Travel insurance/Medical insurance
- Travel Itinerary
- Airline Tickets
- Reservation confirmations
- Vaccination certifications
- Credit cards
Don’t get left with a leftover. Book in advance!
Here we’re talking about your accommodation. Whether it’s a hotel, b&b, or hostel. It might seem magical and spontaneous to arrange your accommodation while you’re out there, but you might regret it. Being left with a dirty, stingy room is no fun – or you might find that only the expensive rooms are left, meaning you have to use most of your travel money upfront. Booking in advance means you’ll get the room you want at the best price. Try calling directly and speak to someone.
Do some research
We all picture the magic of being whisked away to a foreign country and diving straight in with the locals and having the best experience. But sometimes, spontaneity isn’t the wisest choice. Make sure you know plenty about your destination of choice by doing some research. What are the local customs, how do the locals dress? Are there any laws you need to be aware of in terms of drinking? Are there areas of the city/town that tourists should avoid? What is the emergency number?
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