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The more you plan before you get depart, the better your holiday. To get more from your holiday, here are our most popular travel trips.

If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel

Your travel insurance must be completed before you depart. In fact, as soon as you pay a deposit for any part of your holiday, you should also complete your travel insurance. Comprehensive insurance cover varies, but you should consider cover for hospital treatment, emergency evacuation and any activities you may complete while you’re on holidays. Travel Insurance also covers a range of events including unforeseen cancellation, lost luggage and theft.

Be in the know

Leave a detailed itinerary with family or friends. It’s important they know where you will be and when so they will be able to contact you if required. Remember to check the government’s travel advices for your destinations – before you depart. www.smartraveller.gov.au is the place to go!

To cash or not to cash

Before you travel, organise a variety of ways to access your money. If you lose your card or ATMs don’t work where you are, a back-up option will keep you out of trouble.
Take some cash (not too much), and make sure you let your bank know where/when you’re going.

There is nothing more annoying than your bank cancelling your card the minute you touch down because they suspect someone has skimmed it and it using it overseas.

Medications & Prescriptions

When it comes to medications, you never know when you might need assistance overseas. If you have prescribed medications, we recommend obtaining a letter from your doctor detailing what the medication is, how much you'll be taking, and stating that the medication is prescribed to you.

Keep your medications in your carry-on luggage and remember to take the time-difference into consideration when taking regular medications. Always check with the consulate/embassy of your destination that your medication is legal in that country.

Advice Network

Whilst it’s nice to switch off on holiday, don't forget social networks (like Facebook and Twitter) are useful not only for planning before you go, but also once you're on the road. You can ask a range of questions via social media on places to visit, shops or restaurants to eat in. You'll be surprised at the number and variety of suggestions you'll get.

Maximise your phone

1. Email yourself your travel itinerary so you always have it on hand. It’s a good idea to also keep confirmations for hotels, attractions, rental cars and other bookings on your phone.
2. Take photos of anything you might be held accountable for – such as torn carpet or a crack in a wall – so that you have proof that the damage was there before you arrived.
3. When packing, check out the weather of your destination/s on a Weather App so you can pack suitable clothes.
4. See if your destination has a local newspaper app, so that you can stay ahead of local news.
5. For the safety-seekers - Take a picture of your luggage before you can check it in, so that you will be able to notice any differences when you get to the other side.

Avoid Taxi troubles

When you arrive at your destination and want to take a taxi to your hotel, make sure you go to the official taxi line outside the airport. Don’t get in a taxi that is just waiting on the street. They may not be a real taxi service, or licenced, and you could get ripped off, taken to the wrong place or something more serious. The safest way to get to and from the airport is to book at transfer ahead of time.

Neighbourhood Watch

If you have a good relationship with your neighbour, let them know you are going away so they can keep an eye on things for you. They can alert the police if they see anything strange or out of the ordinary. If you are having house-sitters, it’s a good idea to introduce them to your neighbours so they can recognise them as safe, and not intruders.

Local Laws and your responsibilities

When you are overseas, local laws and penalties, including ones that may appear harsh by Australian standards, apply to you.

Some countries impose tough penalties including corporal punishment, life imprisonment and the death penalty. If you are arrested overseas, you may face a significant period of detention before your case comes to trial.

Legal and administrative processes may be substantially different from those in Australia. If you are arrested overseas, you have the right to contact the Australian Government, but consular assistance cannot override local law.

Check local laws of your destination/s before travelling and take care to obey even the smallest of local laws (such as using street crossings and disposing of rubbish correctly). If someone tries to start a fight with you – friend or not – walk away as the penalties for public brawls can be very harsh.

Friends that stick together, stay safe together

Work out a plan with your friends in case you are split up. Make sure someone always knows where you are, and carry a phone and money in case of emergencies. Australians frequently get into difficulty at Full Moon and other festivals overseas after becoming separated from their friends.

Don't leave your mates alone - keep in regular contact and be aware of where people in your group are. Make sure you have your friends' mobile numbers and organise a time and place to meet in case you get separated. This will also be handy if your phone battery runs out or there is no coverage where you are.

Remember, it could be dangerous to go home alone or with someone you have just met, particularly if you are unfamiliar with your surroundings.

Bag it!

When sightseeing, it’s difficult to walk around all day with a heavy bag that you have to carry everywhere.

It’s a good idea to get yourself a small, secure, over the shoulder side-satchel that can fit the essentials. You don’t need to carry around everything you would normally have in your handbag back home (leave that makeup case at the hotel ladies!)

Pay attention to everything

Be aware of your surroundings at all times – if you are on a group tour, try and familiarise yourself with the faces of other people on the tour as well as your guide/s in case you get separated. Pay attention to big, easy to remember landmarks and the number-plate of your tour bus.

Weather Watch

Have you ever planned a trip and thought that going to France in February was a fantastic idea or have you ever contemplated when the “Rain in Spain really falls mainly on the plain?”

Check out our handy checklist of when is the best time to travel wherever you want to go in the World. 

Destination Weather Guide


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