Top tips for a hassle-free holiday

*This is a collaborative guest post*

Getting away from it all for a week or two should offer you the chance to relax and unwind, but in the past your holidays might have been far from stress free.  There’s an art to planning the perfect vacation, and you need to know what you’re doing if you want to return from your trips feeling rested and rejuvenated.  To help ensure your next sojourn runs smoothly, here are some top travel tips. 

Take steps to protect your health 

One issue you can’t afford to ignore when you head off on holidays is your health.  If you’re planning to travel outside the UK, you may need to get vaccinations or medicines to protect you from diseases such as yellow fever, hepatitis A and typhoid.  Bear in mind that some countries require you to have an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis before you enter.  Meanwhile, many tropical nations in South America and Africa won’t accept travellers from areas where there is yellow fever unless they can prove they have been vaccinated.  If you think you many need vaccinations, get in touch with a travel clinic at least for to six weeks before you’re due to set off. 

If you’re going to an read where malaria is a risk, you might be advised to take the medicine Doxycycline.  When used correctly this provides effective protection against the disease.  You can obtain Doxycycline from Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor, your GP or a travel clinic.  

As well as getting any relevant vaccinations and medicines, you might need to take out health insurance in case you suffer an injury or become ill while you’re away from home.  Having suitable cover in place will mean you can access medical treatment without racking up potentially sizeable bills.

Plan your trip to perfection 

To ensure your adventures run smoothly, it’s important to plan each detail to perfection.  Think about everything from your transport to the airport to your connections, accommodation and sightseeing itinerary.  By preparing your trip carefully, you should be able to iron out any potential problems in advance. 

Make sure you spend some time researching your destination too.  Getting the lowdown on the best transport routes, tipping etiquette, useful phrases and so on can help ensure you’re able to really relax when you’re on vacation. 

Also, take care to check your passport and any relevant travel documents well before you’re due to set off.  This way, if you find you need to order new versions, you should have enough time. 

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 Pack with time to spare

Another top tip is to pack with plenty of time to spare.  This will reduce the risk you’ll forget the essentials and it will give you time to go shopping for any missing items.  If you’re feeling especially organised, you can make a check list to ensure you take everything you need. 

Don’t try to do too much 

Last but not least, don’t fall into the trap of trying to cram too much into your holidays.  OK, so you’ll want to make the most of your time away from home, but by adding every last attraction to your sightseeing itinerary, you can find your days are far from relaxing.  As well as experiencing the delights on offer in your destination of choice, it’s important that you factor in some time to simply sit back and unwind.

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