10 September 2014

Posted by Discount Insurance on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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Travelling can be a wonderfully enjoyable and enlightening experience, but if things go awry it can also be stressful and dangerous.

Here are our top tips to help you avoid the potential pitfalls of travelling:

Not doing any research

Whilst it may seem like a good idea to be adventurous and do everything on a whim, it makes sense to do some research and find out where to go – and more importantly where not to go - before you set off. 

Checking details such as the opening and closing times of attractions, can help to avoid disappointment. It is also advisable to look into transport links, and costs, when planning day trips. Do a bit of digging to find out recommended restaurants in the area, and also the most tourist-friendly bars too.  

Bringing too many shoes

Shoes take up a lot of space in your luggage. For the vast majority of trips, you can get by with just two pairs of shoes, one smart pair and one casual pair. Make sure that the casual pair are comfortable and worn in if you intend to do a lot of walking and sightseeing. Conversely, taking just one pair of trainers could be a mistake too, what if they get wet? Or you want to go to a bar or restaurant with a strict door policy?    

Not having any local currency

Whilst you may be used to there being an ATM on almost every street in the UK, this may well not be the case at your destination. We recommend that you change up your money at home, or if you haven’t had the chance, at the airport (although you’ll get a worse rate) as this will save you coming unstuck and not having any cash when you arrive.  

Relying too heavily public transport 

It can be fun getting around via local buses and trains, but if the weather is suitable then try exploring the city by foot, it’s cheaper and you will probably see more this way. Also check what time buses and trains are running until for your return journey, it may be earlier than you think! Depending on the type of trip you are going on, you may also want to consider investing in a hire car, instead of forking out for public transport and enduring long coach trips. 

Buying too much stuff while you are there

Whilst it is great to get a few souvenirs of your trip, remember that you will have to fit it all into your luggage for the return trip somehow. Avoid bulky items, or those likely to break, such as those made of glass or porcelain, or liquids that are liable to leak. Remember that there are restrictions on the types of food and plants that you can bring home too.    

Not dressing properly

Whilst you might wish to spend your whole holiday in shorts and a t-shirt, you have to be realistic too, even the warmest of places can get cool in the evenings, so pack at least one jacket, cardigan or sweater. 

Research the climate and weather forecast before you go. Also avoid wearing attire than may offend the locals, or limit where you can go – for example many mosques and temples won’t allow females in if their shoulders are uncovered. Again, do your homework!  

Using a credit or debit card without informing your bank

Give your bank, or card issuer, a heads up before you go away, this will avoid your holiday screeching to a halt when your card is blocked due to suspected unusual activity. 

Yes, this can usually be cleared up with one phone call, but it’s likely to be one expensive international one and eat into valuable holiday time!

Forgetting converters and chargers

Remember to take all the chargers for your phone, tablet and camera with you, and also that if you are traveling to Europe or the states, then you’ll need to take the appropriate converter for them too.  

Forgetting to pack sunscreen

This may seem like an obvious one, but many people neglect this item if they aren’t going on a beach holiday. You can spend long amounts of time in the sun when sight-seeing, or when going on boat trips and are susceptible to sun burn, without the correct protection. 

Not taking enough (interesting) photos

Whilst you don’t want to be spending your whole holiday taking photos, you may also regret not taking some pictures for memories-sake too. Try to avoid taking too many selfies – your face looks the same everywhere in the world – it’s your surroundings people are interested in.  
Remember to ask a local people’s permission before taking a photo of them too. 

Not getting travel insurance 

Travel insurance can protect you financially against cancellation of your trip, delays with your flight, lost luggage and accident or illness whilst you are away. It can also cover your personal possessions against loss or theft. With prices as little as £7 for single trip cover, why not get peace of mind from Discount Insurance today? 


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