Traveling is more complicated than it once was. Gone are the days of packing as much as you want (without fees), stretching out in your roomy airplane seat, and breezing through the airport on the way to your gate. Security concerns, profit-oriented providers, and other modern travel realities have significantly altered the experience for holidaymakers.
Although the playing field has changed, it is still possible to orchestrate rewarding travel, without interfering with a pleasurable holiday. Organisation, research, and proper planning will all help you sort through travel options, bag the best deals, and embark on a safe, rewarding holiday.
ABTA Shares Travel Advice
With so many things to consider, setting up hassle-free travel is a substantial undertaking. The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) shares these tips to help you get the most for your money and steer clear of travel mishaps. Taking the following measures can mean the difference between smooth sailing and travel hang-ups.
Weigh Your Luggage – Although weighing in advance might seem like an unnecessary travel precaution, traveling with overweight bags can be an expensive proposition. Before embarking, consult your air travel provider for current luggage allowances. Is your carry-on free? Is it more cost-effective to pack a few smaller bags, rather than squeezing everything into a single oversized piece of luggage?
Doing maths ahead of time not only saves money on the cost of travel, but it can speed up your airport experience. It’s easy enough to simply weigh yourself first, and then pick up your bag, subtracting the difference to determine how much it weighs.
Manage Your Passport – Like many legal documents, your passport has an expiration date. Waiting until the last minute to check that your passport is current can lead to travel difficulties. Under some circumstances, you need six months validity from your departure date, or you may be turned back at your destination. And if you need expedited service renewing your papers, it’ll cost you a lot more than taking care of it well in advance.
Protect Your Investment – Holidays represent a substantial investment of time and money. The last thing you want to experience during leisure adventures are avoidable expenses. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your travel investment. Flight delay compensation, for example, shields you from air travel mishaps, enabling you to make claims for compensation when airlines fail to deliver as expected. Travel insurance furnishes additional protection on holiday, covering against many of the things that can go wrong.
Although it is optional, buying travel insurance can help you financially recover from these and other setbacks:
- Accidental injury
- Cutting trips short due to circumstances you can’t control
- Damage you cause
- Medical emergencies
- Travel delays beyond your control
- Damage to your personal property
- Lost passports
Use Travel Apps – Technology assists travelers with apps that help on holiday. Not only are the resources useful during the planning stage, but various mobile apps also furnish guidance while on the road. Many of the resources are free to use, providing information about destinations and attractions, as well as timely updates about your trip.
Learn the Language and Local Customs – Holidays are most rewarding for those able to immerse themselves in local culture. Learning basic language spoken at your destination is a good start, helping you blend in with residents and benefit from their familiarity with the local scene. Who better to direct you to the best restaurants, attractions, and entertainment hotspots? Learning customs can also help keep you out of trouble, ensuring you don’t lose favor with your hosts.
Book Ahead – Arranging flights in advance is commonplace, but some travelers leave money on the table, waiting too long to book travel extras. In addition to peace of mind, pre-booking your travel needs secures your spot and helps you get the best rates. For savings and security, pre-arrange car hire, airport parking, travel money, and hotel accommodations, whenever possible.
Organising trouble-free travel requires a little more attention than it did in the past. With a well-laid plan, however, and the right protection, your next holiday is sure to be a safe, rewarding experience.