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Holiday Check List

Whether you’re a seasoned traveller, or jetting overseas for the first time, it’s well worth doing your homework before you travel.

Travelling overseas is expensive and the last thing you want is to spoil your fun because you failed to make adequate preparations.

Here is a helpful checklist of things that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) recommends checking out before travel – for more detailed information please visit the FCO website.

Research Your Holiday Destination
You may be adamant that you know the country you are jetting off to is safe, but given that much of the world is suffering from civil and political unrest, you should always check that it is safe for foreign visitors.

Be Aware of Local Traditional and Customs
It is especially important that you research any traditional customs that need to be adhered to in the country you are travelling to. For example, if you are going to Thailand and visiting the Temples, be aware that your shoulders and feet should be covered. Observing local customs will ensure you do not draw any unwanted attention to yourself, or break any laws.

Travel Insurance
Don’t be fooled into thinking that travel insurance is simply to protect your belongings – it provides vital medical and legal protection too!

Visas
Ensure you apply for the correct visas for the country you are travelling to. Also ensure that you apply for them in sufficient time. Failure to do so will mean that you will be refused to fly or enter the country.

Jabs
Many tropical and humid climates pose a health risk when travelling, so check what vaccinations you need to have before you travel – ask your doctor or research online. Do this in good time as some jabs need to be administered several weeks before you travel so you are fully immunised.

Important Travel Documents
You should make copies of all important travel documents and keep them separate from the originals when you travel. This way, should the originals be lost or stolen, you have copies that will make replacing them easier. You could also save electronic copies online so, if needed, you can access them while you are away.

Up-to-date Travel Advice
The latest travel information can be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s website – the FCO strives to ensure the safety and protection of all British citizens and Help Me Park, as a Know Before You Go partner, recommends visiting their website to check out your holiday destination.