Everyone loves a holiday, but the preparation can sometimes leave people feeling a bit strained. However, if you want your actual holiday to run smoothly and stress free then you should remember to plan accordingly for the trip ahead. Below we outline some of the main aspects you should consider when preparing for your summer holiday.

Research the destination

It’s always good to be extra prepared for wherever you’re going on holiday, you can research on places to eat, go and sightsee or the best ways to experience the culture and traditions. If you really want to get the most of your holiday then researching where to go before hand will save a lot of stress about planning when you arrive. Whether it’s a family holiday, or a couples retreat you should always be prepared before you leave. The place you’re visiting could have some hidden gems that could be found with a quick search on Google!

Remembering essentials

Never, ever assume documents like your passport and travel documents are all up to date and correct. Make sure before you leave that all of these essential documents are organised and all correct. Your holiday could be over before its even started if you don’t check! Ensure that all of these are kept in one place to avoid confusion as well, maybe a little plastic bag or folder just so you have the peace of mind that everything is easily accessible and can be pulled out whenever.

Have travel money sorted out

Its generally a lot cheaper to sort out your travel money before you go away on your holiday, so make sure to always do this before if you can. You could do it locally or look for the best rates online, it’s probably a good idea to let your bank know you’re going on holiday as well so they don’t query any of your overseas transactions that you’ll be making. You could also use a pre-paid credit card which is loaded with currency or just a card that is made for travel abroad.

Take out travel insurance

This is always very important before you go anywhere abroad, finding travel insurance that suits your needs is essential. Insurance will protect you against a number of aspects that could lead to your holiday going wrong, such as delayed flights, stolen or lost baggage or medical charges. Comparing these policies online is always a good idea, as you can identify which one is the best fit for your holiday needs. It’s a fairly quick and easy thing to get, and you’ll be grateful you did it if something did in fact go wrong!

Arrange animal care

If you have dogs, cats or any pets this is always something you should consider well ahead of time before you leave, if you have any family or friends that could look after your animals then it’s always good to ask people you trust before. However, if no one is available for whatever reason, then it could be a good idea to take the dogs to a specialised centre where they will be well looked after, you don’t want to be leaving your furry friends all on their own while you’re enjoying yourself!

If you’d like help with all of the above, then why not work with a holiday specialist to help you organize all of this in advance? Here at Gray Dawes we have a dedicated leisure travel team called GDLuxe who can help you with all of this, if you’d like to hear more about how we can help or get in touch click here.

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