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Preparation

Preparation

There are some important things that you should not forget to do before you go on holiday. Among other things, you should make sure that you have the right travel insurance and the necessary vaccinations for your country of travel, and that your passport will remain valid for the duration of your trip. You might also want to arrange for someone to watch your house or your pets whilst you are away.

 

Take out the right travel insurance

To be able to travel with peace of mind, make sure you have the correct insurance for your trip. The type of insurance that you should take out can vary from trip to trip. Each travel insurance policy differs with regards to what they will cover – for instance, some travel insurance policies may not cover you if you travel outside of Europe or carry more than a certain amount or value of luggage. You can choose to take out travel insurance for each holiday you go on or, alternatively, you can take out a continuous travel insurance policy so that you don’t have to worry about searching for insurance every time you travel. This insurance will continue running until you cancel it.

 

Vaccinations

If you are travelling outside of Europe, you may need some vaccinations. It is important to check which vaccinations are needed in the area you will visit and to schedule them well in advance. Some vaccinations have to be administered several weeks in advance of your trip, and some require you to take two or even three vaccinations, with a gap of a few weeks in between. So make sure you do your research plenty of time in advance. Some vaccinations are covered by the NHS but for others, there may be a fee.

 

Visas

It is crucial that you have the right documents for the country you will be travelling to. For many countries outside of Europe, you will need to have a visa to stay there. This does not have to be a hassle, as many visas can nowadays be requested online and will only take you a few minutes. You can check the foreign travel advice pages of the gov.uk website to read more about the entry requirements of each country.

 

Check your passport

One thing that many people overlook is the validity of their travel documents, such as passports and identity cards. The validity requirements different from country to country, but in all cases you will be safe if your passport is valid for at least six months after your return journey. It can take several days or even weeks for a new passport to arrive, so make sure you check yours well in advance of your trip.

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