We all love vacations. But going on holiday can be pretty stressful. All the pre-planning can take up a long time. No matter how hard you try, you always forget something or the other. So after a lot of research, we are bringing you a list of 10 things to do before going on a vacation. This list will help you make the pre-planning stress disappear and will also ensure that you come back to a clean house.
10- Travel Insurance
That may be the first step you take after booking a vacation. It is a high safety measure in case your travel firm messes up, or someone falls ill, and you have to cancel your holiday. Travel insurance is comparatively cheap if you consider things going wrong in a different country. For example- the medical costs, trying to find lost baggage can prove to burn a massive hole in your pocket. If you will be taking a vacation this year, then it is better to make annual insurance rather than a single one as it is cheaper. Couples and families get mutual insurance, which saves more. If you’re an adventure junkie, then make sure that your insurance covers them.
It is essential that you check the vital booklets like your passport way before you start traveling. For most countries, your passport must have at least six months before it is supposed to expire. Passport is hands down the essential thing that you will require when you travel. If it isn’t up to date, then you could be sent back immediately, or you will be sent to prison.
If your vacation requires a visa, make sure you apply for it before months as the procedure is lengthy. If you’re planning to leave your permission for the last minute, then you might as well say goodbye to the holiday.
Some countries require you to take certain vaccinations before you can visit that country. So get those vaccinations properly and carry the proof as well.
An excellent way to save time and energy is to check in for flights online at your home itself and to get your boarding pass printed beforehand. Some airlines will charge you if you don’t have it. It is advisable to make a folder separately for your relevant documents that can be easy to carry.
Documents like insurance policy papers, tickets, car hire papers, essential telephone numbers, and prescription of medicines (if any) are necessary to carry. You can also get Xerox copies of each document and keep it as a backup in your bag.
If you’re flying to Europe for your holiday, then you must apply for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). EHIC has replaced E111. EHIC will help you to access state healthcare for a lower price or free. It depends from state to state. EHIC is valid throughout Europe, including Switzerland as well.
The best thing is that you can get EHIC for free. To apply for it, log on to ehic.org.uk. The insurance will be valid for five years.
6-Commute to the airport
More so than often, commute from tourist places to the airport is long. It means burning a massive hole in your pocket. Finding and booking the way of your commute can save you a lot of dough. Using local services like buses or trains can be much cheaper compared to hiring cabs. You should plan and buy tickets beforehand to avoid last-minute surge prices.
If you’re thinking to rent a car, then make sure the drop off points is near the airport. Parking at the airport is also expensive. Many companies have to drop off sites near the airport. If you’re staying at a hotel close to the airport, then make sure you ask them if they allow drop-offs as several hotels allow it.
Traveling abroad or even in different states can make your mobile bills shoot up extensively. It won’t be far-fetched to admit we are dependent on our phones. Checking emails, sending work-related messages are now a part of our daily lives, even during holidays. So facing hefty charges for these things can be a deal breaker.
But lucky for us, several if not all telecom companies provide excellent international or roaming packages. Make sure you skim through the details thoroughly before buying those packages. Purchasing an international SIM card is an alternative way to save money. You can add a limited amount of talk time in the SIM.
Paying for things abroad has become more comfortable with the advent of great credit and debit card deals. But it is advisable to carry local currency to be safe. Before you start using your cards, research thoroughly as to how much fees the bank will be charging for every transaction. You don’t want to end up with a massive bill in your hands.
Don’t try to keep the foreign exchange to the last minute or do it at the airport as they offer terrible rates. You can also get prepaid cards that come with a limited balance in case you’re running tight on a budget. Using credit cards should be avoided as the wavering price of currencies may affect your payment during withdrawal.
3-Cancel your newspaper/ milk delivery
Most of us get milk and newspapers delivered to our house every day. That can be one thing that is easiest to forget when we go on holiday. Call your delivery men and let them know. You don’t want to come home to the smell of rotten milk or heaps of newspapers.
2-Inform your banks
It is one of the most crucial steps you must take before going on your vacation. Call up your banks and let them know you will be traveling abroad for a particular amount of time. If you fail to do so, then there is a risk that you might end up with a frozen account. Sudden movements in your card and especially international transactions may seem suspicious to your banks. They might consider this as fraud or identity theft. If you’re traveling abroad, having a frozen account will bring a halt to everything. To avoid all these things, you must let your banks know about your trip beforehand. A good backup would also be to carry extra cards.
1-Home safety measures
I’m sure all of us get calls from our parents before leaving our houses, telling us how to lock the doors properly. And they’re not wrong. We all would love to come home to a safe house. Make sure before you leave the house, you switch off all the electronic appliances, remove the things from the fridge that’ll go bad, close all the windows, switch off the main switch of the house and set the alarm security. Notify your neighbors in case there are any deliveries to be expected.
We hope this list will make your pre-planning stress go away. Let us know in the comments below if we have missed anything.