Friday, March 2

Holiday essentials to remember

Lots of people have already booked their summer holiday; the culmination saving hard for months, all for a couple of wonderful weeks in the sun, on the piste, under water, climbing the hills, touring landmarks or soaking up culture. How exciting!

As the holiday approaches, anticipation will be almost spilling over. Having worked hard for this break, it would be such a shame if something went wrong - yet invariably things do. This is usually because a vital holiday consideration was overlooked. In order that your holiday goes smoothly, here are a few essential things that you shouldn't forget.  

Book that airport transfer

There's nothing worse than climbing off the plane, wheelie cases in tow and standing outside the airport in the glorious sunshine only to realise that you've no way of reaching the resort. If you've booked your holiday independently, then transport is something you'll definitely need to consider. Even some package breaks no longer provide a coach from the airport though, so double check.

While you are at it, think about how you are going to get to and from the airport in the UK. If you want to drive, then book an airport parking space well in advance to keep the costs down. The alternatives are catching a coach - again, book early - or the train. Just make sure you factor in time for transport delays, so as not to reach check-in too late!

Make sure your insurance is appropriate

Travel insurance is one of those things that you really cannot scrimp on, yet so many people inexplicably do. Without wishing to scaremonger, so many things can occur to knock your holiday off track: lost luggage, late connecting flights or even other people doing stupid things. Therefore, buy some decent insurance.

However, there's more to it than that; don't settle for a cheap quote; buy a policy that provides cover for your specific personal and holiday requirements. There are many things to consider when shopping for travel insurance: medical conditions that pre-exist may not be covered, or plans to get involved in extreme sports or other activities. Check the fine print or ask an expert before signing up.

Double check the important details

This sounds obvious, but you'll be amazed at how many people don't do it and suffer the consequences. Check that passports are still in date and ensure you know they right day and time of your flights. There's nothing worse than getting either or these wrong, as insurance won't cover your stupidity, harsh as that may seem. Ask other travellers to check their passports too, otherwise you'll be leaving them behind.

Hopefully the above will prove useful as your holiday approaches, enabling you to have a carefree and memorable holiday - after all, you deserve it!

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