Top 5 tips for an enjoyable holiday
If you are looking to venture out and explore in 2015, compiled below is the top five tips to ensure you have an enjoyable holiday.
- Don’t forget your Travel Insurance
Taking out comprehensive travel insurance is a no-brainer however, not all policies are created equal when it comes to our older generations. But just because you’re over 55 doesn’t mean you’re over the hill, right? So if you’re healthy physically and mentally and have no pre-existing medical conditions, it doesn’t seem fair that you should pay through the nose.
When looking for the right insurance, here are a few things to keep in mind. Are pre-existing medical conditions considered? Are there upfront medical assessments or certificates needed when purchasing? Does the policy cover your age range?
- Know your facts
Like anyone travelling overseas it is important that you understand the culture and rules of the destination you are travelling to. For example, will they speak English? Can I bring my medication into the country? Are the activities I am participating in okay for my mobility levels. The Smartraveller website or the relevant embassy or consulate in Australia may be able to assist for any information you cannot locate yourself.
- Pack smartly and know your conditions
Lugging around a heavy suitcase can often be uncomfortable for the older traveller. To minimise the weight in your bag, always check the weather before you leave and only pack what you need for the time you are away. The bonus here is that you’ll also have more room in the case for souvenirs and gifts!
- Photocopy the important bits
Before you leave make copies of your itinerary, passport, visas and any other vital documents from your upcoming travels. Take one copy with you and leave the other copy with an emergency contact at home.
- Pills, pills, pills
Ahead of your trip make a visit to the doctor to discuss the medication you’ll need to take away with you. Also be sure to pack enough medication for your entire holiday and don’t forget to factor in flight delays and other transit situations that may prevent you from getting home on your scheduled date. It’s always a great idea to carry a letter from your doctor detailing what the medication is and keep medication in its original packaging to avoid any issues when passing through customs.
source: Travel Talk enewsletter