Nothing is for free these days, and most often something that looks too good to be true generally comes with a catch or two. When it comes to booking a holiday, it’s never just about the actual package deal, or the flight, hotel and transfer bundle you put together, and there are several others add-ons you need to give serious consideration to. Don’t forget those important extras!
How to get from home to the airport
If you can grab a lift, you’re lucky, but if you have to resort to busy trains and long-winded coaches, then you may find yourself stressed before you even get to the check-in desk. If you’re able to get to the airport yourself by driving, then I’d highly recommend doing it! Parking up and grabbing a bargain on your car’s little holiday spot with ParkBCP is the way to go, and this is something I now do regularly. I am a frequent visitor to Gatwick South parking, and have never found reason to complain. This is a nationwide service, so certainly look into what is available at your nearest airport.
Is your passport valid and in date? Don’t leave it until the last minute to find this out, as many people found to their detriment this summer, when a backlog of new applications and renewals caused travel chaos. You should have at least six months left on your passport after you return, don’t risk any less.
You probably won’t need a visa if you’re heading somewhere run of the mill, however do check this out as even Turkey, a very popular holiday destination, now requires you to complete an e-visa before you travel. If you’re heading to the USA, you will usually need to complete an ESTA, which is an online authorisation to travel, so it’s always worthwhile checking these requirements in good time.
Again, if you’re heading somewhere within the usual holiday zone then you probably won’t need any additional immunisations, other than checking your regular ones are up to date, however if you’re going somewhere a little further afield or more rural then you need to be asking your GP in good time regarding anything you need health-wise.
Never ever travel without adequate travel insurance! It’s simply not worth the risk, and for the low cost you can grab a policy for these days, you’re playing with fire if you don’t sort this out ahead of time. Simply remember to declare any pre-existing medical conditions and you’re good to go.
These are all things you need to check out and take into account before you head off on your jolly holidays – don’t cut corners!
Airport photo: Chuck Patch.