May 12, 2022
6 Things to Consider Before Going on Holiday
With travel starting to return to normal, it’s no wonder that so many of us are itching to get out of the house and get a change of scenery. But no matter how organised and experienced a traveller you are, there’s always room for something to go wrong. The combination of trying to wrap everything up at work and making all your last minute travel arrangements can be a lethal one, and too often we realise we’ve left something too late.
But fear not! Below, we’ll explore 6 things to take care of before you pack your bags and set out on your next adventure. Keep reading for ultimate peace of mind and a stress-free vacation coming your way.
- Organising accommodation for your pet
If you’ve got a pet at home, one of the most important things you’ll have to take care of is accommodation and care for them. There are plenty of great pet boarding businesses that offer 5-star luxury accommodation for both cats and dogs, with play areas, comfortable bedding, air conditioning, private rooms and more. Here are a few tips on how you can prepare for your cat’s first boarding experience and get the best outcome possible for everyone involved.
By doing this, you’ll know that your pet is in good hands and is safe, comfortable and happy. If your pet is more on the anxious side, you can take them for a day trip or two to help them become familiar with this new space and the staff that will be looking after them.
- Set up your out of office
For both your personal and work emails, you should turn on your out-of-office message which will give you extra time to respond to people and explain that you’re on holiday.
If you’re in the middle of any ongoing conversations or projects, send everyone involved a courtesy message to let them know that you’re going away. This way, they won’t think you’re ignoring them and there’ll be no miscommunication or hard feelings.
- Get a travel sim if going overseas
If your holiday is taking you overseas, it’s always a good idea to sort your travel sim out beforehand. While most airports will have some ready to buy when you land, you’ll save yourself time and get the best deals possible before you leave.
Having a travel sim with data will help you get around in a new country safely, providing you with internet access and local and international calls and texts. While your mobile provider will probably offer an international plan, these tend to be priced on the higher end and come with many strings attached.
- Inform your bank
Another important step that many people forget is to inform their bank when they’re going overseas so that their account won’t get flagged or frozen when they start using their cards in a new country. If you don’t do so, many banks will think that you’re the victim of identity theft and will immediately take action.
Not having access to your money while you’re overseas can be the stuff nightmares are made of, even though it can be easily resolved most of the time. No one wants to spend their vacation on the phone with the bank, so make sure you sort this out before it’s too late.
- Share your itinerary with close family and friends
To be on the safe side, you should share your itinerary including flight times and hotel details with a select group of close friends and family. This way if anything goes wrong and they lose contact with you, they’ll know where you’re meant to be and hopefully be able to track you down.
As an extra precaution, you can even share your location with certain people using Google Maps or Find My iPhone, so someone knows where you are at all times in case of an emergency.
- Ask someone to collect your mail
A mailbox that’s overflowing with letters is like waving a flag and announcing that no one’s home, so having someone like a neighbour or a nearby friend collect your mail while you’re away will help prevent break-ins and attracting the wrong crowd.
If you have any newspaper or magazine subscriptions, putting them on hold can be a good idea too. Not only will this help lower the amount of stuff being delivered to your house, but it’ll also help you save a few dollars too.