You can never be too prepared. It’s a phrase used very commonly but nowhere is it more true than when it comes to a holiday. There’s a reason that holidays are such a common setting for comedies of error. Everything can go wrong. This guide is here to make sure that doesn’t happen. We’ll tell you how to avoid those most obvious disasters, then we’ll go one better. Save money, headaches and effort with these guides on how to be the most prepared holiday-goer the world has ever seen.
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Prepare the essentials
Passport. Visa. Health insurance. Check that you have each one of these sorted well before you leave. If you don’t? Well, don’t worry, we have a handy guide that will be able to sort it all out for you. Of course, you won’t need a visa on every trip, so check the country you’re going to before getting yourself in a tangle. As for insurance, always make sure you’re getting the right kind of insurance. If you’re going skiing, you want a plan covering that. If you’re going diving, make sure that’s covered. These are the vitals, so you can breathe a bit easier when they’re dealt with, but we’re not stopping there.
Check baggage alternatives
Baggage. Not only does it add pointless stress and waiting until you finally start enjoying your holiday, it can also cost a bomb. However, it doesn’t have to. There are alternatives you can rely on instead of your flight provider. There are services that provide pricing against all of the major airlines. This includes Ryanair, Flybe and Easyjet baggage allowance. See if you can get a better alternative to these pricy alternatives and spend no more time or money to wait in crowded airport for a conveyer belt.
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Ever the source of much stress. You can spend hours packing and packing then, minutes after leaving, realise you’ve left behind something vital. Don’t let yourself get caught out this time. Luckily for us, someone has already thought of just about everything we’ll ever need. Copy or print a checklist with all you could need. Tick everything that you pack and cross out everything you don’t need. Not only does it cover what we’ll need for any holiday, but more specific vacations like beaches and skiing trips.
Book your parking way in advance
Another aspect of airports that can cost you a lot in effort and money. If you plan to arrive, pay and park on the day of departure, you may be in for a sharp shock. No spaces available and, if you find one, it costs another arm or leg. By booking your parking way in advance, as early as when you arrange your holiday, you’re killing two birds with one stone. Your place is reserved for you and you’re also saving money better spent on more sun lotion or delicious, delicious ice cream.
No holiday is ever completely safe from some hiccup or another. However, by sorting all the above, from the essential to the costly, your hiccups will be just that instead of a total disaster. So go ahead and enjoy your holiday, hiccups and all.