1. Obtain Travel Insurance at the time you make your deposit. This ensures your are covered for all monetary outlays you make in relation to your holiday.
2. Make sure flights don’t have long layovers or arrange a stopover. The last thing you want is to arrive at your holiday destination tired and cranky.
3. Register with SmartTraveller in case there is an emergency and people need to know where you are. It is also a great site to keep up to date with warnings and advisories regarding countries around the world.
4. Learn a few words in the language of the country you are visiting. The locals will appreciate that you have gone to the trouble of learning their language and you will find that the reception you receive will be alot friendlier than if you expect them to know your language.
5. Arrive a day or two before your tour or cruise to ensure you have time get over your long flight, do a city tour and check out the area, and have time to relax and start your holiday without rushing.
6. Carry medication in your carryon luggage along with a change of clothes in case your main luggage goes astray or you don’t have access to it for awhile on arrival at your destination.
7. Advise the airline, hotel or cruiseline of any dietary or mobility requirements. Not all airlines have special dietary meals but they will try and assist you. Having wheelchair assistance at an airport due to not being able to walk long distances can be a great start to your holiday, especially at very large airports.
8. Organise a transfer from the airport to your centrally located hotel. This will give you time to get your bearings and if you are tired from the flight it will save you the stress of having to find a taxi, train or bus to your hotel.
9. Stay overnight at a hotel close to the airport if you have an early morning flight. The last thing you want is to be caught up in traffic in the early hours of the morning and miss your flight. Best to know you are close to the airport and you will also be able to get that extra hours sleep.
10. If flying in early, arrange an early checkin to have access to your hotel room. Most hotels do not allow access to checkin until 2 or 3pm in the afternoon. If you have had a long flight and want to freshen up and change your clothes or even have a short nap before you start exploring, early checkin is a must.
I hope these tips have helped you. As your Personal Travel Manager I am here to make sure your trip runs smoothly from start to finish. My passion is creating awesome holiday experiences, saving you money, time and stress and to make all your travel dreams come true. I look forward to creating your next amazing holiday adventure.