If you are going on holiday or travelling to Europe this year, in the midst of all the excitement in booking your trip you may not be focusing on what you need to plan and organise. When you first head off to places they can be very different from where you leave so it is best to take precautions when you are packing and while you are away. If you prepare for your trip and keep your eyes open you will be able to relax and enjoy your time more while you are away as well as experience the country to the fullest.
Before you have even booked your holiday you will need to make sure your passport is valid. As some countries may require your passport to be valid for at least six months in most cases it will just be three but it is best not to risk it. You may only be going away for a few days but if you don’t have at least six months validity you could very well be denied entry, and that doesn’t make for a good start to a holiday.
If you are planning to go away on holiday anywhere in Europe you will need to invest in travel insurance. There are plenty of different companies that now offer short-term policies which will cover you while you are away, just in case something happened. Another idea is to invest in or renew your EHIC it is not to be used instead of health and travel insurance but will enable you to have medical treatment should you need it, if you want to find out more information about the EHIC service check out ukehic.com. Travel insurance can refund any money if the getaway has been cancelled, had to be cut short and even if your luggage has been lost.
Although you may have travel insurance and your European health insurance card to see you through it’s always best to pack a first aid kit. In some countries health care can vary in type and price, so be prepared and pack essentials like calpol, paracetamol, aspirin and anything else you may need. If you have to take medication make sure you have enough to last you for the trip as well.
When you go on holiday it is best to take a lot of cash with you, and to know the average exchange rate of the country you are travelling to. While away try not to use ATM as they can rack up quite a bill. Another thing that will rack up a hefty fee is using your credit card abroad as the exchange fee in stores can be pretty high. Before you leave and have decided you will be using a debit or credit card while away inform your bank as they may freeze your account if there are foreign transactions, and you don’t want to be left without any money at home let alone in another country.
Countries in Europe have so much to offer in the way of history, culture and activities so before you go away it is a good idea to research some events that may be happening while you are some of which could include festivals or any big events. Also be sure to research a few national dishes you may want to try as you wouldn’t want to leave the country without experiencing what it is worldly known for. By taking precautions and knowing what you want to do before you leave you will be prepared if anything unexpected happens.