Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Devil Is In The Detail: Getting Ready For Your Holiday

It’s nearly holiday time again. Chances are you’ve already booked any time away, but you may not have sorted the details yet. And, it’s those details that really hang over our heads when we’re travelling abroad.If you don’t go away often, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all the additions you need to consider. In fact, it can be hard to know where to even start. And, finding out what you do and don’t need to do isn’t as easy as you might think. It’s fine if you know what you’re doing, but there’s no one to show you if you don’t. If you’re struggling to get your head around everything, these suggestions should help you.

Depending on where you’re going, you may need to sort out a travel visa. 128 countries need travel visas, so it’s worth finding out if your destination is on the list. If you don’t do this, you won’t be going anywhere. The good news is, it’s easy to find out. And, once you know, you can take steps towards applying. Make sure you know what the requirements are. Some countries will allow you to visit for a period of time without a visa, so don’t apply if you don’t have to. It’s also important to note that there may be a way around having to apply. Find out whether you could travel using an ESTA instead, like those found at You will still need to apply for this, so make sure to find out ahead of time. But, going down this route will save you having to worry about a full-blown visa application.

Many countries need you to receive certain vaccinations before you travel. Not having the correct certificates will result in refused entry. Research whether this applies to your destination. Sites like offer an easy way to find out what you need. While some destinations require compulsory vaccinations, others suggest them. If this is the case, think carefully about whether you’re willing to risk going without. Even if you don’t need it to travel, there’s a reason the country in question has suggested it. It may not be worth risking your health in that way.


Before you go, you’ll also need to consider health insurance. While this isn’t a compulsory addition, it’s well worth thinking about. An accident or illness while away could end up costing you, otherwise. If you’re travelling within the EU, you may be able to get an EU health card. These are free to apply for and mean that you receive the benefits of the NHS while you’re away. It’s crucial you apply for one of these. But, don’t think that’s all you need. These cards don’t cover all your costs. And, if you need an emergency flight home, or miss your flight due to illness, your card won’t cover you. Instead, look into travel insurance that can cover any extra costs. For a relatively small amount, it’s well worth making the effort.