When we go away on holiday there are certain things we should never forget. Of course, it’s easy to get all carried away with the fun of going away to an exciting foreign destination, but before you go, make sure you remember the vitals.


First things first, how are you going to get to the airport? It’s easy to forget this particular detail, because you’re basically all caught up with the flight part of the whole shebang. Personally, I always drive myself to the airport, because it saves not only stress, but also money. I regularly book my parking spot through Airparks, where I’m always quoted a great rate. If this sounds like a good idea to you, look at what is available at your airport. All major UK airports offer a service, and if you’re flying from Dublin, check out the great value facilities for Dublin Airport parking too.

Next, have you checked whether you need any vaccinations for your particular destination, or any anti-malaria tablets? Do this in good time of you going away, because you may need to take them a few weeks before departure.


Thirdly, have you told your bank you may be using your credit or debit cards whilst you’re away? Whilst this doesn’t totally eradicate the possibility of your card being blocked for use abroad that they’re unaware of, it does dramatically cut down the chances, so simply call up before you go and give them the information of where you’re going, when, and how long for.

I think the most important add-on you need to arrange before you go away is insurance. In fact without a doubt, this is the single most important thing. It’s ridiculous to even consider travelling without adequate insurance, and when you think about how quick and easy it is to arrange cover, you’d be crazy to even think about avoiding the need. Simply declare any pre-existing medical conditions at the time of booking your policy, make sure it covers you for any activities you’re planning on doing, and where you’re going. All that’s left to do after that is to print out the document and certificate, save the number in your phone, and throw it all in your hand luggage. Hopefully it will never see the light of day again, but peace of mind is priceless.

It’s easy to get carried away with all the fun of going on holiday, but you will rue the day if you forget any of the above steps in the event of a problem. Write them down, tick them off, and your holiday should not only be fun, fun, fun, but also uneventful.