Top 10 Travel Tips
- Travel Advice
Wondering what to do when travelling
abroad? Below you will find our best tips for what to do, what to take and
how to make your holiday memorable, safe and fun!
Hessle Travel's Top
10 Travel Tips for travelling abroad -
1 - Get to the Airport Early
early is really the only definite way to get to the airport on time
without risk. Once at the airport there are a few other things you can do
to save time. If you can travel
with hand luggage only you should, as checking in bags can
add around one and a half hours to your flight, so trying to avoid
luggage really cuts down on time.
boarding card online as soon as possible is also extremely helpful,
especially if you haven't already pre-booked your seats. If you don't make
it to check-in on time, make sure you know if your airline has some
policies for late check-ins or missed flights.
Sometimes if you are
polite and explain why you are late, the airlines can be quite helpful.
Getting to the airport early also has other advantages from possible
upgrades to getting the much loved extra-legroom seats.
2 - Buy Good Travel Insurance
It is obvious that it is needed and probably the most important item
on this list. If you're not properly insured, a medical emergency can wipe
out your savings. There are so many things that can happen while you are
away from minor injuries to major natural disasters. NEVER travel abroad
without taking out a good travel insurance!
To make sure you get
the best price it is always best to get two or three quotes, especially if
you have any pre-existing medical conditions. Start by getting a quote
3 – Clothing
Think ahead when packing for your trip. Whether travelling to a hot or
cold country, a hat is always a useful item. Comfy walking shoes are also
a must as you will no doubt be doing plenty of walking when sight-seeing.
High heels will not work on Europe's cobblestone paths and blisters would
ruin any sightseeing days.
A pair of thick socks are a good idea
when flying. Aircraft's are generally cool on board so you can slip off
your shoes but still keep your feet nice and warm.
will come in handy on beaches or round the pool.
4 - Book Early
Despite many people still thinking that last minute deals are the best way
to get a cheap holiday, it is now much better to book early. Most of the
major UK tour operators have cut down on their accommodation allocation
and offer the best prices as soon as the holidays come on sale.
Free child places are usually offered when the new season comes on
sale, two for one cruises and also the best prices for flight only deals
can be snapped up for the early bookers.
5 - Travel Light
Checked-in luggage fees are now the norm with both low cost budget
airlines and also the main scheduled carriers. Some airlines charge
£50-60+ to check in a bag and also, if not weighed correctly, excess
luggage charges at the airport can be extortionate.
offer a generous amount of hand-luggage size and weight so if you manage
to travel light the savings can be huge. Small wheeled suitcases are
readily available which are designed to maximize hand luggage allowance.
6 – Important Things
Its pretty obvious but a quick check list of vital documents and items
is worth making. Most travellers will need the following items -
Camera and charger
Mobile phone and charger
contact telephone numbers
7 - Compare Prices
To make sure you get the best price it is always worth comparing
prices. Skyscanner is a great tool for flights. This can be found on our
Coach Tours are very
popular. Hessle Travel offer discount prices on most of the UK tour
operators which means you can save £'s instead of booking direct.
There are 100's of internet holiday websites which offer packaged up deals
using low cost airlines. This is not always the cheapest way as the large
tour operators have their own airlines and also low rates on the hotels
and accommodation they use.
If you find a holiday online either
direct with a tour operator or a packaged deal with an internet holiday
search, contact us for a quote too as we can offer both options and are
often cheaper than both!
Sight-seeing and excursions can be very
time consuming and expensive. It is wise to plan your itinerary before you
set off as this can save hours queuing for tickets and entry as pre-booked
ticket holders can often jump the queues.
Cruise excursions when booked direct with the cruise company are very
expensive. You can save a lot by booking these with other excursion
offer great prices and also
importantly guarantee to get you back to the ship!
9 - Local Knowledge
Learning the basic local lingo is a great advantage when abroad. It
makes you come across as polite and making an effort as a tourist, the
locals will be much more friendly and helpful.
Experience their culture and ask the locals for tips of where to go, where
the best beaches are and where they eat, these are often the best and
cheapest restaurants in the area.
Its important you are aware of
the local customs and laws. For example, do not get drunk on the streets
of Dubai or eat chewing gum in Singapore.
10 – Enjoy it
Although travelling can be stressful and tiring, often leaving you feeling
out of your comfort zone, try to relax and enjoy it as you are probably
experiencing a once in a lifetime trip to this destination.
plenty of photos as your present and future family's generation will enjoy
looking back on the holidays you have for years to come!
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