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It's easy to get stressed on the days leading up to your holiday, as you try and remember everything you have to do before your departure and every detail of your travelling arrangements. But don't panic! Here are some handy hints to help you avoid this pre-holiday stress:
Before you leave:
- Make sure you take out adequate and comprehensive travel insurance, ensuring that it covers everything that you're planning on doing, like water sports, for example.
- It's important to understand the local laws and customs of the country you're visiting, as they may differ from what you're used to.
- Check whether you need any vaccinations for the destination you're travelling to by visiting your GP or a health travel clinic at least six weeks before you go.
- Make some copies of your important travel documents and/or save them in a secure online site.
- Ensure your passport is valid and you have a visa if necessary.
- Let someone know where you're going and leave emergency contact details.
- Make sure you take enough money with you and have some emergency funds available if necessary.
- Be aware of what consulate staff can and can't do to help nationals abroad.
- Check your flight times or transfer times so you can be prepared for your flight.
Whilst on holiday:
- Make sure you have the number of the local Consulate in case of emergency.
- Act responsibly and be responsible for your own safety when travelling; don't do anything you wouldn't at home.
- The laws and customs are often different to what you're used to, and penalties can be severe, even for something which may seem trivial at home.