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You know what they say about most things, ‘if you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail’ – and planning your summer holiday is no exception to the rule.
Before you set off on your next trip abroad, try not to get too distracted by sun hats and swimwear, and instead take some time to think practically, do your research and make a checklist of everything you might need ahead of catching your flight to ensure you have a fuss free journey with a relaxing break to follow.
Here is a list of five things to consider before going on your next holiday.
Sort your transport to and from the airport
Imagine your bags are packed and you’re about to leave the house when you suddenly realise you’ve forgotten to organise transport to the airport. You jump into your car and put the key into the ignition as a last resort, only to realise you haven’t actually organised any parking at the other end. Panic sets in. You wonder how you will make it on time. Avoid this sort of stress by planning well in advance.
With plenty of ways to travel, including train (which can be a bit cramped) and bus (not always running at the times you need them to), it can be hard to know which option is best for you, but arguably the most comfortable, convenient and cheapest way to travel is by driving your own car, which you can conveniently pick up again when you land. Most UK airports offer parking facilities, much like the airport parking at Manchester airport, which offers no hidden charges and guaranteed spaces, so opt for driving yourself, particularly if your flight is very early in the morning or late at night when public transport is sparse and can be difficult to organise. If you are jetting off on your next holiday from the Rainy City, check airport parking at Manchester Airport to ensure a fuss free start and end to your trip, wherever you are off to. Have a good one!
Passports and boarding passes
It seems obvious, but you wouldn’t believe how many holidaymakers forget their return ticket to sun, sea and sand each year, with some ending up missing their flight, so make sure you pack your passport and boarding pass the night before.
It can be a good idea to invest in a travel pouch, where you can keep everything safely in one place. Alternatively, use the power of technology and download your boarding pass onto your phone – there’s no chance you’ll be leaving the house without that in a hurry.
Okay, so you want to bring straighteners, six pairs of shoes and twenty different outfits on a seven day holiday. But are you really going to need them all? Make sure you weigh your luggage before setting off to the airport to avoid extra charges on arrival and always leave a little extra space for those souvenirs, gifts, and keepsakes you’ll inevitably bring back with you on the way home.
Although it is much easier to make cash withdrawals abroad these days, it is always a good idea to change up some money in advance so you have a little stash on arrival. Do try to avoid changing up your money at the airport, though, as you are likely to incur lots of extra charges. The Post Office and Marks & Spencer are great alternatives to this.
Pack Your SPF
Once you have the admin aspect of your trip sussed, you can start to think ahead to your holiday, but having fun in the sun comes at a cost – and the most important item to remember to pack in your suitcase is sun cream. Invest in a good quality cream with a high SPF, and don’t forget – they each have an expiry date, so don’t just chuck the one you have leftover from last year into the bag. Invest in some more to avoid sun damage and pink limbs!
So there we have it. Five very important things to consider before heading off on your next trip.
People are beginning to travel the globe more and more, and travel trends from the Office for National Statistics are suggesting that UK residents spent £43.8 billion on visits overseas throughout 2016, which is an increase of 12% on 2015. Another interesting trend that could potentially correlate with this rise in travel, is the growth in plastic surgery tourism and medical tourism. This is the process of people travelling overseas in order to receive a medical or cosmetic procedure, in order to cut the costs of their procedure. People can receive a cheap hair transplant at the fraction of the cost that they would pay in their home country, while benefitting from some of the best facilities and most experienced surgeons from around the world. Here, we’re taking a look at how you can travel the world, and receive cosmetic surgery at the same time.
Medical Tourism Packages
Some major medical tourism countries offer packages to suit a person’s travel desires and their procedure. While they will not have them jetting off around the world, what they can provide is an all-inclusive package that includes flights, hotel stay, hospital stay after the procedure, and the cost of the procedure and any aftercare all included within the price. Medical tourism packages can be found around the world.
Travel To Turkey
One of the major countries that is up and coming for its medical tourism is Turkey. Turkey is a cultural hub and makes a fantastic travel destination for those who are young and old, and now, with the Turkish Government endorsing medical facilities and the medical tourism industry in the country, travelling to Turkey for a medical procedure has become easier than ever. This way, you can combine your procedure with a trip to one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. The downtimes associated with many procedures will also help to ensure that you’re not in a lot of pain while you’re enjoying your holiday, and you will also have access to any doctors and surgeons for a check-up after the procedure, who understand your requirements and needs a lot more than they would if you was to travel straight home.
Asia is quickly becoming the hub of medical tourism procedures, with India and Thailand working alongside other countries like Turkey to become some of the more central locations for high quality, yet affordable cosmetic procedures. There are a huge number of countries around the world that offer this, so if you’ve booked travel around Asia and other countries then you might want to check out the facilities while you’re there. Feeling comfortable in your own skin is exceptionally important, and there’s no better way to do this than with medical tourism packages based in Asia or Turkey. This way you can experience all of the culture, history and sightseeing parts of the country before and after having a cosmetic procedure carried out – giving you a 2 for 1 option!
Passports and Visas
Countries which are participants in USA’s Visa Waiver Program will have its citizens benefit from the fact that they will not require to have a visa for travelling as a tourist or on short business for 90 days or less provided they meet a few eligibility requirements.
This does not mean that people will be able to just show up at an airport with their hands empty and just get leave for the US. Travelers must be in possession of a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The only way one can obtain this e-pass is to apply on the official website (esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta). Getting approval is usually pretty fast and it is recommended that you have this sorted out prior to preparing other things for you trip as without it you will be denied entry in the US. More information can be found ESTA Authorization here https://www.e-visa-usa.com/.
It is generally not an obligatory thing when travelling to the US, however it is recommended that when travelling you should have the routine vaccinations kept up to date.
This should be an essential thing when traveling to the US, as the cost for medical care can be financially draining should something happen. A good thing to do is to purchase an insurance at the same time as you book the trip, this way you’ll be covered if you must cancel for whatever reason before you leave.
Monetary and Banking Tips
One thing you should start with when planning out your credit cards and your money is to announce your bank that you will be travelling to another country. Tell the banks you use a few weeks before your leave as they will consider card activity in foreign countries as potential frauds and this could get your accounts frozen.
As is the case with most developed countries, ATMs are available in most towns and cities. Just remember that there will be a foreign exchange free as well as a withdrawal fee for all your transactions. This can add up to quite a bit depending on the amount at hand so try and analyze the amount after each purchase.
To avoid this, consider changing your physical money before leaving for the US. Check out your local banks and see where is the best one you can get the most from this exchange. Avoid changing money at an airport as they will most likely have overinflated rates.
Handy phone/tablet applications
When travelling to the US you should consider downloading some map applications which will help you navigate the various cities and places you will most likely end up in. Consider getting offline applications just in case you will be stranded in a place with no mobile data available.
If you are planning a long trip, taking the right clothes with you is extremely important. You want to be comfortable, but definitely do not want to be lugging around things that you do not really need. The globetrotter packing tips below will help you to do exactly that.
Dressing for the journey
The most difficult part of any trip is the journey. If you are going to be on the road, or in the air, for a prolonged length of time comfort has to be your primary consideration. Being comfortable is what makes the journey bearable, even enjoyable.
It is best to dress in flexible clothes, and wear layers rather than wear bulky items. Travelling in men’s joggers is far more comfortable than wearing stiff tight jeans that will cut into you if you have to sit for a prolonged period.
Tops and jackets
Wearing a t-shirt, with a light shirt and a wind and waterproof jacket is usually enough to keep you warm and dry. However, if you have a tendency to feel the cold wear a light jumper too, or buy a jacket that has a lining that can be zipped in and out. That way you can wear it separately should you need to.
The jacket you choose should have enough pockets to allow you to keep the essentials to hand. You need to be able to get to your passport and travel documents without having to go through your hand luggage.
It is important to have somewhere safe and secure to store your phone and money. Of course, you can keep these items in a bag, but if they are in your coat, you can feel them, so know they exactly where they are. Also, a coat is less likely to be snatched by a thief, or left somewhere by mistake. If you have the space, keep a charger, or power pack, in your coat pocket too. That way if you experience delays you can potentially keep your phone charged using a socket in a restaurant or airport lounge.
The item many people get wrong is footwear. Shoes and boots take up a lot of space, and are often heavy too, so you need to minimise what you take. The best approach is to have one pair of sturdy covered in shoes or boots to wear while travelling or walking around. Then buy a pair of light sandals or flip flops for when you are in the room, on the beach or just popping out for a drink.
It is also important to take a couple of pairs of socks. Even if you are travelling somewhere hot, they can come in handy. They make a good alternative to slippers, and will save the day should it turn out that your shoes or boots were not as well worn in as you thought, and are rubbing.
As you can see, you need surprisingly little. Besides which, in most places, you can easily buy what you need, and replace the essentials as you go.
There is a good lightweight travel checklist available on this page. It tells you everything you will need to take with you for any trip, and explains how to make it all fit into hand luggage.
Moving abroad is a big deal and there is a lot to think about when you finally make the decision. So, to get you prepared for the move of a lifetime, here are a few things for you to consider while you’re planning your new life:
Don’t forget the boring stuff
It’s easy to get swept up in all of the excitement of moving, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about all the paperwork you have to organise. Taxes, health insurance, Visa and pension are all absolutely vital to your relocation. These should always be the first things on your mind when you’re planning your move as well as any other important paperwork that needs mailing or filing. It’s also a good idea to keep copies of all the important forms and keep them together in a safe place.
Get your money in order
Are you transferring your money to a bank abroad? Are there any payment plans that you need to update? How much money will you need to get you settled and where do you plan to go to get that changed to your new local currency. When you start planning these aspects f your move you also need to think about the exchange rate and the cost of living in your new home. The more you plan the easier it will be to make the transition. If you’re planning on only staying temporarily, a lot of banks can also schedule regular transactions from your account, so you won’t need to keep transferring money to fund your life abroad.
Storage or removal?
Depending on how long you’re planning on staying abroad, you might have different plans for your belongings. If you’re only living abroad for a short time – or at least intend to return in the future – you probably won’t want to take everything you own with you when you go away. In which case, storage would be something you need to organise before you go. If you decide to do that, you also give yourself the option of renting out your home while you’re gone instead of leaving it empty or selling it. On the other hand, moving abroad permanently or for a long time would require you to pack up most of your life and take it with you. Instead of trying to pack it into a million boxes and haul it across the ocean yourself, look into removal services. Reliable removal companies like ‘Imove International’ provide removals to Spain and elsewhere around Europe, so you can focus on transporting yourself while they take care of the rest.
Where is what and how do you get there?
Do you know where the nearest hospital is from your new home? Which bus will take you to work? Where will you be buying your groceries? Before you rush into life in a new country you would definitely benefit from getting a lay of the land. Acquaint yourself with all of the local facilities and know all the places to go and numbers to call if there’s an emergency.
Get to grips with the cultural basics
If you’re working in a foreign country, culture can have a big effect on the way employees and employers interact. Learning the basics of culture and language can save you from a lot of embarrassing incidents and misunderstandings. Being knowledgeable in foreign etiquette and social convention can be a great help when the time comes to make new friends and settle into your new life.