After the peak of the global pandemic, one of the foremost questions on people’s minds was: Is it safe to book a holiday abroad for 2022?
While the majority of countries have opened their borders to travellers and tourists, there are still certain restrictions in place or required documents and processes. For example, some countries or airlines require negative pre-departure test results and proof of vaccination.
That being said, if you plan to embark on overseas travel from Australia, then it’s crucial to be prepared.
For sure, the thought of holidaying overseas is exciting. However, aside from mastering what to pack for a holiday abroad, make sure you follow these tips to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trip.
1. Read up on the places you’re visiting.
Learn all that you can about the places you intend to visit a few weeks before your trip. Make a note of local customs, including the recommended attire, restrictions for travellers (if any), etc.
During your research, check for restaurants or cafés where you can eat local and your preferred cuisine. When making a list of places to visit, note down places where you can dine, including their opening hours. If you have allergies or a medical condition, look for pharmacies in the areas you’ll be visiting, just to be safe.
2. Create and review your itinerary.
Whether you’re travelling alone or with somebody else, it’s best to create an itinerary – unless you’re booked for package tours.
Making an overseas holiday itinerary requires a bit of research and time management. When creating one, make a note of the average travel time between places. Check for local transportation options, including schedules and availability.
Ensure you have ample time to return safely to your accommodation after each day’s trip.
Also, don’t forget to share your itinerary with your family.
3. Prepare all required documents.
There’s nothing quite as frustrating as queueing at the airport, only to realise you forgot your passport or a required pre-departure document. Therefore, it’s best to check for any travel requirements set by your destination country as well as the airlines you booked your ticket from.
Keep your passport, visa, ticket and other travel documents, as well as your cash, bank cards, keys and mobile phone in one place. Put these items in a travel pouch, backpack or crossbody bag you’ll have on your person at all times.
4. Get travel insurance.
Knowing how you’ll pay for medical expenses is crucial because anything can happen while you’re travelling. Medical care abroad can be costly, and some healthcare providers there may want upfront payment for services.
Overseas travel insurance with emergency medical benefits can cover these expenditures, as well as emergency medical transportation fees. Your travel insurance can also help with the costs of you returning home in case your illness or injury cannot be treated locally.
Enjoy your holiday abroad!
For sure, there would be plenty of surprises in store when you travel abroad.
However, by following these tips, you can minimise your stress and focus on having a fun and relaxing overseas holiday.
If this article has inspired you to think about your own unique situation and, more importantly, what you and your family are going through right now, please contact your advice professional.