How to Avoid Travel Worries and Make Trouble-Free Holiday

Holiday travel centers on rest and relaxation, so the last thing you need is unexpected aggravation when you’re on break. Proper planning and attention to safety and security can help you avoid problems while traveling abroad or enjoying UK events and attractions. Before embarking for leisure activities and foreign travel, consult government travel sites and other resources offering travel tips and security advice.

Holiday disruptions take many forms, from minor inconveniences to serious safety threats. In order to enjoy a seamless travel experience, it’s important to heed travel advisories and know what to do when unexpected problems arise. If you experience travel delays, for example, airlines may be responsible for covering costs associated with flight cancelations and schedule changes.

Your EU Air Travel Investment is Protected

An initiative known as “Denied Boarding Regulation” governs air travel in the EU, protecting flyers from airline errors. The policy enables airline customers to submit flight delay compensation claims when airlines fail to deliver agreed upon travel services. If you checked in at the airport 45 minutes prior to your scheduled departure, have a confirmed booking for your flight, and your travel is with an EU airline or airport, “Denied Boarding Regulation” applies.

Unless extraordinary conditions prevented your airline from providing the service you paid for, you are eligible for compensation. Not only are you entitled to be reimbursed for ticket costs in some cases, but airlines may also be required to pay other expenses arising from the inconvenience. Did delays interfere with connecting flights? Were you stranded for hours, accumulating food and communications costs while waiting for your airline to follow-through? If so, your approved compensation claim may also grant damages for these related expenses.

Prepare for all the Possibilities

Traveling abroad is more complicated than moving about in the UK and Brexit adds a layer of uncertainty for the future. If you’re set to embark on a trip outside the country, taking certain steps can help ensure smooth sailing. A checklist provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office includes these and other bits of advice for foreign travelers:

  • If you plan to drive while abroad, learn applicable motoring laws for your destination country, and make sure your licence hasn’t expired.
  • Consult your mobile phone provider to make sure your service won’t be interrupted while traveling.
  • Purchase travelers cheques if they are accepted at your destination, and record the numbers in case they are lost or stolen.
  • Establish access to funds, through multiple channels, in case unexpected expenses arise or travel delays bring about unanticipated spending.
  • Leave your itinerary and contact information with a trusted associate, so you can be reached while traveling.
  • Make sure your passport is in order and the proper visas are obtained prior to departure.
  • Consider travel insurance with cover for all the activities in which you’ll participate on holiday.
  • Obtain the proper vaccinations and take along the medical supplies you’ll need while traveling.

Stay Safe While You’re Abroad

General awareness goes a long way keeping your family safe on holiday. Particularly when traveling abroad, it’s important to remain aware of your surroundings and steer clear of anything that appears unusual. Don’t be a target while you’re away from home; hide your valuables and avoid flashy displays of cash, electronic devices, and other items that might attract attention from thieves. Observing local customs can also help you blend-in with the indigenous population. And don’t take laws for granted – other countries may impose severe penalties for crimes that are not considered serious in the UK.

If you’re traveling abroad this summer, don’t tolerate bad behavior from your air travel provider. Submit a compensation claim if the company fails to furnish timely service. And use these tips to stay safe and secure while traveling in another country.

Paul graduated in 2001 with a degree in Finance. Since then he has gone on to work for several of the UK's most well-known financial institutions.

An avid blogger and a huge football fan, Paul is here to guide you through the ins and outs of personal finance and perhaps save you some money in the process!

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