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There is a lot more that you need to consider now before jumping on a plane and enjoying your holiday. So can you avoid the chaos before you step foot on the plane? I wanted to share with you some of the things that you need to consider.
Going on holiday is one of the things we all look forward to. Nothing can beat that counting down the days feeling, and the excitement we all get. But, sometimes the lead-up can also be a bit of a mad rush at the end, as you frantically pack and are certain you have forgotten something. You also need to consider how much travel has changed recently since the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit.
Things to consider before jumping on a plane
While it may feel that the pandemic, as such, isn’t as bad as it used to be Covid-19 is still something that you need to consider before jumping on a plane. Not so much about wearing face masks at the moment but more about whether you have the necessary documents to travel to the country you are heading to. By this, I mean your Covid-19 vaccination status or the Covid-19 tests that you need to take before travel if you haven’t been vaccinated or haven’t had a booster. A great tip is to check the guidance on the government website for the country you are travelling to.
Your passport expiry date
Another thing you have to consider when travelling now is the Brexit implications when travelling to EU countries. There are now different legislations in place for different countries which often means that you need to be mindful of the passport expiration date. If you are one of the organised people who have had their passport changed and the extra months added, for example, this might cause a problem for entry into certain countries as the amount of time on your passport exceeds what they allow.
This sounds crazy but people have been stopped in the airport and have subsequently missed out on their holidays. You also need to ensure that you also have enough months left on your passport as it is nearing the date of expiration. Again the government website has full guidance on this to help you out.
Plan how you pack
You only get a certain amount of weight allowance when it comes to flights, so you won’t always be able to take exactly what you want. A great tip would be to plan your outfits and the clothes you will wear along with the shoes and accessories. It will take a bit of time, but it will certainly help you to pack carefully and stick with any weight allowances and guidelines.
Get currency exchanged in advance
We all like to have a bit of cash for when we arrive, and while it can be convenient to draw money out of the bank whilst away, it is also a good idea to get some exchanged in advance. But, don’t leave it till the airport as that is when you will get the worst possible rate exchange. Instead, shop around for currency exchange and see what deals you can get. You may be surprised to see how far your money will go by doing this in advance.
Research things to do on the internet
The next thing to think about would be to research things to do on the internet ahead of your travels. These might be trips you want to take, sights you want to see or just the things you want to do while you are away. Doing this research will help you to identify things like costs, whether tickets can be bought in advance and how you can get to the location. Making it much more stress-free while you are away.
Come up with some sort of itinerary ahead of time
If you can, try and plan an itinerary in advance, especially if you plan on wanting to do things while you are away. You may not have a lot of time, so it could be important to plan meticulously to ensure you make the most of the time you do have on your trip away.
Book any excursions and transfers in advance
Finally, if possible, try and book any excursions in advance. This can sometimes give you a better deal as many people offer discounts for advance or online bookings. You might also want to ensure that you have travel transfers to and from the airport booked in advance as well. This avoids any hanging around at the airport and will have you well on your way to enjoying your break away.
I hope that these tips help when you are next planning on jumping on a plane and that you make the most of your travels.