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Handy hints for travelling abroad

  • Don’t miss your flight – allow extra time for traffic jams, parking and queues at check-in. Ensure you have all your documents at hand and don’t pack them in your hold baggage.
  • If you don’t fancy the taste or cost of the in-flight meals, eat beforehand or better still, make a pack-up to take with you. Small food bags with nibbles & fruit are great for children.
  • Having a few drinks on the plane is fun and gets you in the holiday ‘spirit’, but be careful not to over overindulge!
  • Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water and fruit juices but avoid too much caffeine; you don’t want to be ‘buzzing’ when you should be asleep.
  • Set your watch to your destination time zone as soon as you get on the plane, and use that time when deciding when to sleep as it will help with the jetlag.
  • Earplugs are your friend, so is an eye mask and when you have it on you won’t know if anyone is looking at you, when your hair starts to form a peak on top of your head!
  • Learning to eat using plastic utensils with your elbows tucked in and your knees pressed up against the table is an essential flying skill. Start practising now by sitting in a cardboard box during your next meal!
  • Get up and go for a walk now and again when you’re in the air. It’s good for the circulation and helps relieve the crushing boredom of a long haul flight, even if only slightly.
  • If you have to spend half a day in planes and airports, toothpaste will change your life.
  • Time your toilet breaks well, don’t leave it too late when the flight starts to make its final approach. You don’t know how long it may take to get through border control for you to find the closest facilities.
  • When it comes to conversations with border officials, less is more. Answer questions truthfully but don’t volunteer too much.
  • Distinctive luggage is a good thing. Surprising as it might seem, yours will not be the only black suitcase on the conveyor belt. Tie a bright coloured ribbon around the handle or buy a suitable luggage strap that you can recognise.
  • Having a change of underwear in your carry-on bag will be the smartest move you’ve ever made if the airline loses your bags.
  • Being polite goes a very long way, a smile goes even further.
  • If you cannot speak the local lingo, remember it’s your problem not theirs that they don’t speak English. A lack of a common language does not equate to deafness, so speaking more loudly will not help!
  • Get out of your comfort zone, try the local food and drink and do things that you wouldn’t go near in your normal life. Holidays are for trying new things and being adventurous.
  • Don’t expect things to be the same as at home, things will be different when you’re in a foreign country.
  • Public transport is a great way to travel if you like to explore, it can also be the bane of your life as it may not be as reliant as at home.
  • Speak to the locals, don’t stay a stranger. If you had wanted to spend all day with people just like yourself, it would have been much cheaper just to stay at home!
  • Keep your holiday funds & valuables locked away. If there isn’t a safe in the hotel room, check with the reception as they may be located elsewhere. Treat your passport as if it were made of gold, it’s not quite the end of the world if you lose it but it’ll feel like it at the time.
  • Take a small first aid kit and find out where the local medical centre is. If you go to the beach, most life guards will have treatments for jelly fish stings but you may need plasters for blisters and painkillers for the morning after.
  • The best tip I can give you is to buy specialist travel insurance so that you have the peace of mind that you and your travelling companions are protected should things go wrong while you are away. There will always be someone at the end of phone to help you in a medical emergency.
  • Keep your travel insurance documents close at hand, just in case! Why not email it to your smart phone to save carrying lots of paper around. Make sure more than one person in the party has details of it should you get split up or worse still lose your phone.

Holidays are for exploring new countries, indulging in different food choices, experiencing diverse cultures, relaxing, laughing and most importantly sharing quality time with family and friends. Don’t let a standard travel insurance policy get in the way of you doing all of this, buy a Free Spirit travel cover today!