It’s summer, and for many of us, this is a time of year when we think about planning holidays and enjoying a break. Travelling with kids is notoriously stressful, but planning ahead can help to alleviate issues. Are you planning a holiday this summer? Or are you looking at options for next year? If so, here are some essentials to get you through.
Travel documents and insurance
You can’t go anywhere if you haven’t got the relevant documents. Make sure everybody is up to date and has what they need before you start searching for the best deals. Have your kids got passports? Are they in date? Are your passports valid? Have you got enough time left on them to travel long-haul? If you need new passports, it’s always wise to give yourself time. In the busy summer months, it can take months to get your new documents sent out. If you’re going on a last-minute holiday and you haven’t got a valid passport, arrange an express appointment at a local passport office.
Depending on where you’re travelling, you may need a visa. Do some research online, or contact your tour operator if you’ve already booked a holiday. You can often apply online. If you’re going to Canada, for example, you can access Canadian eta forms via the Internet.
Always make sure you have travel insurance before you go away. This will provide cover if you lose luggage, your flight is cancelled, or you have an accident abroad. You can compare prices and get quotes online using comparison sites. If you plan to do any adventure sports while you’re away, make sure your policy covers this.
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Before you travel, work out how you’re going to get around, and what you’re going to do. If you plan to get out and about, it’s a good idea to investigate car hire. Booking a car before you go is likely to save you time and money. If you don’t want to drive abroad, but you want to explore, take a look at excursions and public transport options. You may find that you need to book ferry, train or bus tickets before you go.
If you’re staying at a beach resort and you’re spending most of your time at the hotel, you may only need a transfer from the airport. Many packages include transfers. If you haven’t already got them, you can usually add them for a fee. Alternatively, you can book your own private transfer, or jump in a taxi when you arrive at the airport.
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When you’re packing for yourself and the kids, it can be a time-consuming process. Write a list a couple of weeks before your departure date. Do your washing and ironing the week before, and pack each case individually. If there’s anything you need to buy, such as sun cream, do your shopping in advance.
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Planning a holiday should be an exciting process. But if you’re a busy parent, it can get a little hectic and stressful. Take these tips on board to ensure you have everything you need and you’re organised before you go.