The team at Travelbay have travelled a lot between them, and along the way we’ve learnt a thing or two…
1. Check the validity of your passport
Most countries require that your passport has six months validity from the date of your return home. Check your passport well in advance to avoid any last minute stress.
2. Check for any visa requirements
Visa requirements differ for each country – both the country you are travelling to and for the country of issue of your passport. Check well in advance for any visa requirements as some can take a few weeks to process. And in case you didn’t know, you need a visa even when in transit for the USA. Click here for more information on visas.
3. Get travel insurance
We highly recommend travel insurance. You never know when you might need it (and we hope you don’t), but if you do, you’ll be mighty thankful for it. Medical bills in some countries can be exorbitant and with travel insurance a lot of stress (in an already stressful time) can be avoided. Call 1800 020 020 for a no-obligation quote or click here for more information.
4. Check if you need any vaccinations
Are any immunisations recommended for your destination? Some countries require certain immunisations and for other countries various immunisations are recommended. Please check with your doctor or you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information.
5. Leave copies of documentation at home
It’s a good idea to leave a copy of your passport and travel documents with someone at home just in case. We also recommend taking a copy with you and keeping in your luggage. Alternatively, if travelling with a smartphone you can take photos and leave on your phone. And don’t forget to print all your tickets and vouchers before you go.
6. Be prepared with foreign currency and let your credit card company know you are going overseas
Do you know what the local currency of your destination is and what the exchange rate is? Check to see if your bank card will work internationally. Being prepared can makes things a lot smoother upon arrival.
Letting your credit card company know you are overseas can potentially save you a major hassle. If they suspect fraudulent activity on your credit card they may cancel it. What they suspect is fraudulent activity may simply be you on holiday.
7. Prepare any prescription medicines
Do you have all your required medications? Please ensure you have an adequate supply as many products may not available overseas. You may need documentation to show authorities that you are carrying medication that has been prescribed or was recommended by a GP.
8. Weigh your baggage
Check how much your baggage weighs before you get to the airport. Baggage restrictions differ between airlines and you can avoid some hefty fines and last minute juggling if you know how much your luggage weighs.
9. Leave enough time to get to the airport
Leave enough time in case you get a puncture en route to the airport or in case the lines are unexpectedly long at check in. Bigger airports can take longer to walk around. There are better ways to start your holiday than with last minute stress that you might not make your flight. Start your holiday on the right foot and give yourself enough time so that your holiday begins in a relaxed way.
10. Plan in a way that supports you
Plan in a way that supports you and don’t leave things until the last minute. Prepare for your holiday but also prepare for your return so that you are beautifully greeted by the imprint you left.
11. The bonus tip
Don't forget to have fun. Take pleasure in your loved ones and travel companions. Savour being with you. Relish in the lack of the usual distractions. Enjoy the new discoveries. Have a great time!