It is a well-known fact that, in almost all instances, ignorance is not an excuse, and travelling abroad without knowledge of laws, customs and health services can prove a costly mistake. The Government’s Know Before You Go Campaign serves to highlight the importance of being equipped with prior knowledge of an assortment of facts before embarking on a holiday abroad.
Here are a few ways you can ensure you are fully prepared before you go on holiday:
• Book with a reputable travel company who can offer advice about your destination and take advantage of any how to pages on their website
• See if you will need vaccinations and make sure you obtain them, leaving the appropriate amount of time before you travel
• Find out if travel insurance is included in the price of your holiday and if not, obtain your own
• Research as much information as you can about your destination including any laws or restrictions and ask your travel agent if you are unsure about anything
• If travelling within the European Economic Area, take advantage of the free European Health Insurance Card
• Ensure you have all relevant paperwork including visas and passports
• Give contact details of accommodation and travel providers to friends and relatives and make sure your contact details are up-to-date and complete on your passport.