When it comes to going away, it doesn’t matter whether it’s for a long weekend or a month sabbatical; there’ll be a few essential things to consider and organise before you set off. You don’t want to be caught out while you’re away by frustrating issues you could have prevented by thinking ahead. Read below to get an idea of where to start so your next trip can be as relaxed as possible.
Travel and health insurance are certainly essential to sort before you go away. Even though you may be on holiday, anything can happen, you don’t want to find yourself in a nightmare situation of being in an accident or sustaining an injury, and finding you are not covered. These sorts of costs can add up astronomically, so sort insurance well before you go, and make sure the group you are with do the same.
Organising your transport should also be done before you set off. Although organising a rental car when you arrive is an option, this can be a pricey and drawn out process, so beat the queue and the pressure by booking your rented transport long before you fly. You can get ahead by clicking here to sort your rental car quickly and easily at the touch of a button.
The type of accommodation you choose will be dependant on the group you’re with and the budget you have. Ideally, you’ll be spending a minimal amount of time at your accommodation; you want to be exploring your destination and having fun! Options such as Airbnb, hotels and home-swaps provide plenty of options, so do your research so you find the best deals and the perfect pad for your trip.
Travel essentials are more of a last-minute essential to think about, but are important all the same. This list includes travel adaptors, travel pillows, the appropriate currency, as well as any bags you might need. You don’t want to leave it until the night before to find out your old trustful suitcase has a broken zip. In the weeks leading up to your trip, get your thinking cap on so you aren’t caught out and experience the all-too-familiar ‘last-minute dash.’
Everything you leave behind
If you are going away for a particularly long period of time, you will want to have sorted any loose ends at home. This includes any pet care; will you need to book a kennel for your dog, or rely on a friendly neighbour to feed your cat? Locking up the house, and asking neighbours to keep an eye, and collect any mail can help keep your mind at ease. You will also need to inform your bank of your departure, so they don’t freeze your account due to suspicious activity abroad. Consider roaming charges on your phone, too, and inform family of your flight times and schedule so they are also aware of your whereabouts and can check in with you if necessary.