Preparing for your next Summer adventure

Preparing for your next summer adventure: 4 things to do before you go

With summer fast approaching, there’s a chance you’ve already got your holiday plans in place. To ensure a smooth trip, there are a few things you should do before you even think about packing your suitcase. So that you’re fully prepared for your next summer adventure, keep reading.

1. Purchase an insurance policy

So that you can kick back and relax on your travels this summer, you could purchase a travel insurance policy. Whether you develop an infection and require medical attention or your suitcase goes missing at the airport, it is virtually impossible to predict what might happen while you’re abroad. Having insurance will give you peace of mind that you’re covered even if you find yourself in a tricky situation. The good news is, you don’t need to fork out a fortune for suitable cover. You could use the services of a specialist broker like Chill.ie to view and compare a range of travel insurance policies before purchasing one that perfectly suits you and your budget.

2. Check your passport

Although it might seem like a fairly simple task, checking your passport before you travel is a must. Arriving at the airport to discover your passport has expired can ruin your holiday, so to avoid disappointment, you should check the date. Ideally, you should dig it out a few months before you go so that you have plenty of time to renew it if necessary. You should also be aware that some countries require your passport to be valid for a certain number of months from your arrival date. For example, if you’re headed to Turkey this summer, your passport will need to be valid six months from your date of entry into the country.

3. Sort out your documentation

Before you jet off on holiday, it pays to be organised and sort out your travel documentation. Whether it’s your boarding pass, car hire paperwork or hotel confirmation, you should make sure you have all of the necessary documents together before you arrive at the airport. Depending on the country you’re travelling to, you may be required to obtain an entry visa. It’s important to note that it can take some time for visa applications to process, so it’s best to arrange these well ahead of your departure date.

4. Tell your bank

If you plan on using your debit or credit card while you’re away, you will need to update your bank on your upcoming travel plans. Unless you alert them that you’ll be out of the country, they will likely recognise any overseas activities as unusual and suspicious, and this may result in your card being stopped, leaving you unable to access your funds. To avoid complications like this, you should advise your bank of your holiday dates.

Taking note of these four simple tips should enable you to enjoy a hassle-free holiday.

 

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  1. 27th April 2016 / 1:46 pm

    This makes me want to get my next holiday booked!

    • admin
      27th April 2016 / 3:54 pm

      I know, sadly I don’t think we will be getting away this year but hopefully next year x

  2. 28th April 2016 / 12:11 pm

    Great tips! I have just got back from Crete on a fantastic 4 night holiday! I’ve also just booked to got to Mexico in June so the preparation starts again! Time to go on compare the market to get my travel insurance!

    • admin
      28th April 2016 / 8:28 pm

      Lucky you, just back from holiday and another so soon 🙂 x

  3. 28th April 2016 / 12:37 pm

    A great post and list of things. I won’t be going away this year but hopefully next year

    • admin
      28th April 2016 / 8:27 pm

      We are not going away this year either, but plan to next year x

  4. Erin - Yorkshire Tots
    28th April 2016 / 5:47 pm

    Very useful post. We are going to the states this summer and I need to sort out insurance. Thanks for the reminder!

    • admin
      28th April 2016 / 8:25 pm

      I hope you have a lovely time, there is always so much to do before going away x

  5. 28th April 2016 / 8:56 pm

    These are some great tips – I have to admit I would love to be jetting off this summer! x

    • admin
      29th April 2016 / 8:10 am

      I would love to be jetting of somewhere as well, but can’t see that happening this year x

  6. 29th April 2016 / 12:36 pm

    This is a really useful post with some great ideas in, like checking with your bank. I never really think about doing that!

    • admin
      29th April 2016 / 2:49 pm

      My parents had trouble once when they were away and their cards were stopped as they thought it was fraud, you just need to ring them to let them know you are going away and where you are going to

  7. Rebecca Smith
    1st May 2016 / 11:37 am

    Some great tips here! I really need a trip abroad soon!

    • admin
      1st May 2016 / 12:27 pm

      I know the feeling, not sure when we will be able to get away next x

    • admin
      4th May 2016 / 8:32 pm

      It does seem that we have now turned a corner and the nicer weather is here and hopefully to stay x

  8. Dani
    6th October 2016 / 1:49 pm

    Very informative post, although it makes me want to book another holiday right now! 🙂
    I always stress that I’ve forgotten one of the important bits!

    Dani x

    • admin
      6th October 2016 / 8:36 pm

      I will be following this as we have just booked our next holiday x

    • admin
      20th June 2017 / 8:45 pm

      Thank you, it is lovely to hear x

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