Booking Your Travel – Boring To-Dos For A Smooth Trip

Booking Your Travel, boring to-dos for a smooth trip.

Woah there, so you’re excited about booking an awesome trip, shopping for your new holiday wardrobe and planning your itinerary (even if you’re just lazing in a beach for two weeks!) but don’t forget there’s a whole bunch of a little more boring things you need to do too before booking your travel.

// Passport – Is your passport in date? Some destinations require you to have 6 months validity on your passport to allow you to travel. You can check the details for each country’s entry requirements (and other things like terrorism threat level). It’s advised not to book a trip without a valid passport and you often need your passport number to book a flight, but if you do find yourself in a tight spot you can get your passport urgently. I use the Post Office Check & Send service to apply for and renew my passport, just for added peace of mind.

// ESTA/Visa – As mentioned above, don’t forget to check your destination’s entry requirements and make sure you have applied and been approved for all your Visas before booking your travel. If you’re travelling to the United States you will need a Visa Waiver which is really easy to apply for online.

// Travel Insurance – Do not skip this step, trust me, there have been two occasions when someone I know has broken their leg in a foreign country. I know you don’t think this would happen to you, but one of them was just running down the beach when it happened! You can pick up travel insurance fairly cheaply online, but do check your excess amounts and what you’re covered for instead of just picking the cheapest. I get travel insurance through my bank, too, so look out for similar offers.

// Electricals – Inevitably when we go away as a group, we only have one adapter plug between us which can be a nightmare when you all have phones that need charging, cameras, kindles and hair dryers etc. Buy them once and keep them in the drawer with your passport. Don’t forget that if you buy them at the airport they’re likely to be charged at a premium.

// Currency – My Dad always advises me to get your currency when you arrive at your destination and it’s true that you can often get the best deal from foreign exchange kiosks when you arrive. However carrying a lot of cash can be a security risk and there’s a higher chance of falling for a con. You can get great deals by ordering your travel money online and Money Saving Expert have an awesome tool for comparing to get the best deal. Again, exchanging money at the airport is likely to be the most expensive unless you have book an online deal to collect.

// Medical – Visit your doctor at least 6 weeks before travelling to find out if you need to have vaccinations before travel or you can find more information by looking up your destination at the link above. If you’re travelling in Europe don’t forget to get your free EHIC card.

// Travel To and From the Airport – Plan your route to the airport allowing plenty of time for traffic and delays. If you’re travelling by train make sure your return journey is easily transferrable if your flight is delayed, which isn’t possible with a lot of cheaper advance tickets. Parking at the airport is a stress free way of getting there and back, especially if you have early morning or night flights. The guys at Airport Parking asked me to share their website with you and it’s a great resource of where to park at airports, prices and package deals. Make sure your transfers are included so you can get to and from the car parks to the airport with ease and put your keys in a safe place so you can find them easily when you get back.

// Check In Online – Some airlines charge a fee if you check in at the airport instead of online so make sure you read up on all your terms and conditions when booking your travel. If you check in online you might need a printer to access your boarding cards.

// Airport Security – Don’t forget you are only allowed to take travel sized liquid tubes and there is a limit per person. There are tonnes of restrictions on items that won’t be allowed through security as well. To make it as speedy as possible I don’t wear much jewellery or a belt when travelling and make sure my shoes are easy to slip off. If you’re travelling with a laptop you may be asked to remove it from the case and turn it on.

What’s on your list of boring to-do’s before travelling?

Loves x xx

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