You wait all year for your annual holiday and look forward to it for ages. Annoyingly, it can be ruined by a few little things that a little planning could’ve prevented. Whilst it’s not possible to cater for all eventualities, these little tips might just help you to avoid some problems.
Visas and vaccinations
When booking an exciting holiday to a far-flung destination, forgetting to sort out your visas and vaccinations in plenty of time could prevent you from going at all. Before you book, check which vaccinations you need, when you need them, what the process is for getting a visa and how long that process will take. Don’t forget that a different visa is required if you intend to work whilst travelling.
If you rely on them, tell them you’re going
This especially applies to your bank and your mobile phone company. If you don’t tell your bank that you’re going abroad, they may stop your cards when you use them in a foreign country in case it isn’t you using the card. This can be difficult to sort out while on holiday. The same goes for your mobile phone. If you haven’t registered it for use abroad, it probably won’t work.
Look after your skin
Every piece of advice you read tells you to make sure that you use a sufficiently high-factor sun cream that blocks out both UVA and UVB. What isn’t always said is to try it out on your skin before you go. It’s not unheard of to have nasty allergic reactions to sun cream, which could really put a dampener on your holiday.
Mosquito repellent is also really important. Make sure you get one that contains deet and, like with your sun cream, test it before you go. If you are particularly prone to prickly heat rash, speak to your GP before you go. Medication may be able to fix this, but you will need to start taking it up to two weeks before you go on holiday. Arnica gel works well on both prickly heat rash and sunburn, so it is always a great thing to put in your suitcase.
If you’re hiring a car abroad, you will need to take both your photographic driving licence and the paper counterpart, or they won’t let you drive. It is important to check the excess before booking your car hire. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. When you collect your car, always check it thoroughly for dents and scratches and bring them to the attention of the hire company. If you don’t, they will assume that you have caused them.
If your holiday doesn’t go to plan and you suffer from an injury or illness that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation. You can contact On Holiday Claims to find out whether you should be compensated.