No matter how excited you get about holidays, it’s very common to have worries before (and during) any vacation. This is because you’re heading off to an unfamiliar location, and could face lots of challenges, irrespective of whether you’re holidaying in a far-flung destination or somewhere closer to home.
Tips on overcoming some of the most common travel worries include:
- Stay calm and focus on the travel benefits
Instead of constantly chewing over the worries you have about your holiday, try to steer your mind towards the benefits. For example, the potential adventures and experiences you’ll have while away, and the opportunities to interact with individuals from different cultures. If you’re planning an adventure holiday, research all the skills you’ll need to learn and discover more about the different activities you’ll embark upon.
- Worries about falling ill before the trip
It’s common to worry about illness or emergencies that could mean you need to cancel your trip, but one of the best ways to overcome this is to arrange comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking. Cancellation worries are the major concern of most travellers, but even if the worst does happen there’s no reason to be worried about losing money. Check the small print of your insurance to make sure cancellation is covered.
- At the airport
According to a survey, 21% of all travellers are worried about airport delays and flight cancellations before their trip. Again, this kind of issue can be easily solved if you plan in advance and put insurance in place. Other common airport worries include overcrowding and concerns about flying with kids, and one of the best ways to solve these concerns is to book out of season any time you plan to travel overseas.
- Collapse of holiday firm
The recent collapse of Thomas Cook and other travel and flight providers have illustrated just how fragile the holiday market is today. They also show that simply opting for the travel guarantees from providers and checking they are part of the ABTA scheme is not enough. When Thomas Cook collapsed, thousands of holidaymakers were stranded overseas, including many people who had booked special breaks, such as weddings. Although this is an unlikely scenario, it’s still worth double-checking that your insurance covers disasters like these.
- Plan ways to stay safe throughout your vacation
Lots of travellers worry about the safety aspects of trips, and it’s important to ensure high levels of safety, wherever possible. Whether you’re travelling for work or leisure purposes, some of the things to put in place include:
Researching your travel destination in advance, so you know all the areas where crime and scams are more common.
- Find out about the local culture and acceptable behaviours – so that you don’t risk offending any of the locals you meet or breaking any laws.
- Pack copies of all essential documentation, such as passports, bank and credit cards, and driving documents. This will ease your mind if theft should happen, and make it easier to access the help needed. Of course, if there is a safe available at your accommodation, it’s always a good idea to keep valuables and important documents securely inside.
- Being robbed while on holiday is one of the most common travel worries, yet putting good travel insurance in place before any holiday and making contingency plans beforehand will help you overcome these concerns. One of the difficulties associated with claiming for cash and valuables that are stolen while you’re away is proving what you had with you, so taking photographs before you head off on holiday can solve this problem.
- Staying vigilant while visiting unfamiliar locations is also an important safety measure. Listening to music on headphones or continually brandishing your expensive smartphone can increase risks of opportunistic crimes against you, and also divert your attention when it could be most needed
- Finally, take time to check out official websites for government travel tips prior to any trip overseas.
Travelling can be an anxiety-inducing experience for all of us, but with the right preparation and research you’ll feel far more relaxed before your next trip. Enjoy!
Blog by : Mark Gray
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