What You Need To Do Before Going On Holiday


With your holiday only weeks away, we are going to provide you with the necessary steps to guarantee an enjoyable holiday for you and your family. We know that the holiday can be expensive, but with some added travel tips you will be able to avoid a holiday nightmare. Leaving your home unattended for a couple of weeks leaves the chance for opportunistic burglars finding there way to your door. Your house may give out information about no one being home just by the build-up of letters through your door. You can avoid this by securing your house, locking all doors and windows and leaving blinds/curtains closed. Avoid publishing your vacation on social media sites like Twitter, as this may give enough information to take advantage of an empty house. Maybe ask your friend to come round every now and then to pick up your letters and check up on the house.

Another option that you can use to stop prying eyes to your home is to have your lights on. You may think that your electricity bill will go through the roof but with a light switch timer, you may save a lot more than you think. For only £34.99 you can buy a Switch Timer that you can set to turn on at specific times in the day. By keeping a light on in the nighttime, reduces the chance of a someone attempting to break into your house. Not only is this a great deal but its also very easy to install with no screws or wiring needed, you will be able to place this over your light switch in under a minute.

Doorbell Camera

The Doorbell camera is an affordable and valuable security feature to have in your home. The best thing about the Doorbell Camera is you can be anywhere in the world and still be able to connect to your front door whenever you want to. The doorbell camera is designed to notifiy you when the camera registers movement and you can playback the footage to identify what it was. If you want to go on to live mode and speak thorugh the doorbell camera, you can tell the postman where you want your letters and parcels placed. This will provide you an added bit of protection for you to be more relaxed on holiday. The great thing about the security features we have discussed is they are not breaking the bank and secure your home and still be affordable.

Check Your Passport

You will need to provide your passport before you go on a flight in the UK and also when you arrive at your holiday destination. Make sure you check the expiry date of your passport, if your passport is out of date you will be refused entry. If you think your passport is lost or out of date and you don’t have enough time to send it through the post, then you can use a Fast Track Passport Service. You have two options that allow you to receive your passport more quickly than the usual application:

1 Day Premier Service -This service will mean you will go to the Passport centre to get your new Passport. You will need supporting documents that include two photos, this will usually take 4 hours until your passport is ready so grab yourself a coffee.

1 Week Fast Track Service -A If you do not have time to wait for your passport then you can use this service. You still have to go for an appointment, but this time, you will be able to leave and wait for your passport within a week.

Below is the price between the two Fast Track Services:


Travel Money

With the confirmation of the UK leaving the EU the pound has dropped dramatically and the exchange rate of the GBP is at its lowest for years. This is not good news for holiday goers, the fall in the British Pound means that exchanging foreign currency will mean you will lose much more than before. If you want to find the best rates than CurrencyFair is the best option. They provide a peer-to-peer service that allows customers to put their own rates on currency for others to purchase. They also have reasonable fees which are much less than the banks and other currency exchange websites.

If having too much money on holiday is a concern for you, then you also have the option of using a Travel Money Card. This is basically a debit card that can be used in foreign countries without incurring any fees that you would expect using your own cards. The Post Office allows customers to load up to £5000 (when Registered) on their Travel Card, this will then be transferred to your preferred currency within 24 hours. Money that you add to your travel card is fixed rate with the Post Office, this means that any foreign currency you buy with sterling will not fluctuate.

The Post Office Travel Card is available in Euro, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar, South African Rand, Swiss Franc & Pound Sterling. It’s also available to be used all around the world in restaurants, bars and shops that accept Mastercard. You will not be charged any fee for using this Travel Card in another country, unlike your bank cards which will be charged by your bank.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is one of the most important things to have while on holiday. It could be the difference between an A£5000 bill or an enjoyable holiday. Travel Insurance will cover you for lost items, luggage, medical costs, emergencies, personal liability and much more. If you do not have travel insurance, you run the risk of incurring costs that will exceed the price of the insurance.

Benefits Alliance Travel Insurance is an affordable insurer with an exquisite policy that will cover you against any issues that you may have on holiday. Click Here to see the Benefits Alliance Insurance policy and what exactly you will be covered for. You must be aware that all Insurance policies will have an excess so make sure you look at a policy carefully before you purchase it. Knowing your insurance policy and information on how to make a claim abroad will make life a lot easier when you need to do so.

Parking At The Airport

As we all know, parking at the airport can become very expensive especially during peak holiday periods. Finding the cheapest airport parking can be a time-consuming ordeal but with theA easy to use search engine Airparks, you will be able to find the cheapest airport parking in seconds. Once you go on the website, you will be able to choose the airport you will be flying from, the date and time and the terminal. Once you have completed this, then you press ‘Find Parking’, and it will send you to a list of prices from different companies. The lowest prices will be listed first, and you can even enter your flight number where you may be given a discount.

If you want to find an even cheaper way to park your vehicle while you are on holiday, check out JustPark.Com. This reminds me of AirBnB in the design and way you go about the website. Like AirBnB this website allows you to connect with other people and negotiate a price, removing the company. The downside to this is you are agreeing to park your vehicle on someone else’s drive, and so security may be a concern compared to Airport Parking.

Car Hire

Car Hire abroad can be a nightmare, some companies are renowned for adding extra fees when you go and collect your car. They obviously understand your position and take advantage of this to earn some more cash. Let’s have a look at the best place to find your car for a low price, like Airparks this website also has a search engine that will show you prices from all the car hire companies. You will be able to make a decision based on the review of others who have used the company, allowing you more confidence to spend your hard-earned cash. EasyCar will find you the cheapest prices for hired cars from anywhere in the world.

When buying car hire abroad, you must understand a few things that may increase the price. Anyone under the age of 25 will be charged a Young Drivers Fee, this may not be a significant amount so still check the prices beforehand. When buying car hire, you will be covered with basic cover. You can choose to increase this to full cover at a small fee. This will cover you for the car and breakdowns amongst other things. Please read the policy before purchasing. Something that you have to look out for is the excess that the company has on the vehicle, you will have to pay a deposit to cover the car if anything goes wrong. Some businesses have very high excess so make sure you read all documentation before you go through with car hire.

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