Holidays are supposed to be relaxing, enjoyable and stress-free, but from time to time a spanner can be thrown into your happy holiday works that can leave you lost, bewildered or just in a bit of a pickle. Take a look at my helpful holiday tips below that could help you keep the holiday blues at bay…at least until you’re back in the office.
We all dread that horrible feeling in your stomach, as one by one the other passengers from your flight collect their luggage and get on their way. The number of suitcases remaining begins to dwindle and then crank… The luggage conveyer belt stops. But wait! Your case isn’t there! Surely there are more cases to come. You wait and wait, but no, lost…forever!
Relax, relax! This doesn’t have to be the end of the world. For a start, your luggage will find its way back to you before long – usually within 24 hours. But in the meantime, there are ways that you can turn this utter catastrophe in to just a minor inconvenience. Plan ahead by packing your essentials in your hand luggage (toothbrush, money, medication, swimwear…), or even better, pack your suitcases half and half with whoever you’re travelling with, then nobody will be left without. Problem solved!
Even the most high-tech, state of the art piece of fandangled technology could fail you from time to time, and there’s nothing worse than when this happens on holiday. This is especially heart breaking when your treasured holiday snaps are involved. If your camera is lost, stolen or damaged, it can be impossible to recapture those magic moments, so try and back your photos up at the end of each day onto an online image storage site such as Flickr or Google Drive. It might be a good idea to have a back-up camera with you as well, even if it’s just a phone or tablet camera.
Smart phones are incredibly useful to have with you on holiday. There are so many travel apps to help make the most of your holiday and it’s always nice to download a local travel guide, especially if it has offline map functionality. And, as mentioned above, most smart phones have great cameras that could even rival some compacts. But whatever happens, don’t become one of those hundreds of holidaymakers each year that gets landed with an extortionate phone bill when you get home because you’ve been doing too much surfing on your sunbed. Switch off your mobile data and browsing capabilities and only browse the web when you’re connected to a secure Wi-Fi network. Your Instagram uploads can wait until the evening, trust me…
Photos aren’t the only thing that you should back up when going away on holiday. It’s also important to have copies of all the important documents related to your trip. Take a photocopy or scan of everything, printing off some copies to take with you, and saving each one somewhere that you can easily access online should you need to, such as your emails or why not download the Thomas Cook My Holiday App and have all your holiday information right at your finger tips? It wouldn’t hurt to send them to somebody who isn’t travelling with you as well, including the name of the hotel and resort that you’re staying at.
Some of the documents that you should make copies of are your passport, visas, your travel insurance policy and any reservation information, such as flight or hotel confirmations. It’s also worth saving a list of your own emergency contacts, just in case anything happens to your phone.
It’s scary to think how many people still go abroad without taking out relevant travel insurance before they leave (according to ABTA, people aged 16 – 24 years are some of the worst offenders). Many people see insurance as an added expense or even a luxury, when really it is a necessity.
Travel insurance doesn’t just cover illness or injury overseas, it covers so many more circumstances that not even the most experienced traveller could predict: Everything from cancelled flights and theft to tour operators going bust and even natural disasters. And as previously mentioned; nobody wants to be dealing with lost or damaged possessions whilst trying to enjoy their time away. It really isn’t worth the risk stepping foot into the airport without being properly covered – you’ll only end up paying a whole lot more in the long run, should you encounter any problems on your holiday… So don’t get caught out, get covered! You’d be daft not to.
Health and safety
Obviously health and safety is incredibly important when planning and booking your holiday and also when you’re away too. Nobody wants to get ill on holiday or end up in any compromising situations, but don’t get too bogged down in that thought. Instead, take a look at our guide to Your Safety and Health Whilst Abroad and make sure you’re in the know before you go.
But more importantly? Enjoy yourself! Holidays are the best time of the year, so make the most of every minute of them.