Top 10 tips for holidaymakers from ABTA

Jenai Laignel / 16 February 2016 ( 02 August 2016 )

With about 14 million Britons expected to head overseas on holiday between July and September, ABTA has released its top ten essential travel tips to help us all enjoy a hassle-free holiday this summer.

1. Check your passport in plenty of time

No one wants to incur the extra expense of having to fast track their passport renewal just before departing, so make sure you check it’s expiry date long before you travel.

Also remember that if you’re travelling outside of Europe, you may be required to have six months validity after your departure date, if you don’t you may be refused entry.

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2. Weigh your luggage in advance

Going over your airline’s baggage allowance is simple to do, so to avoid an expensive supplement at the airport by weighing your bags before you leave home.


3. Let your bank know you’re heading overseas

Banks are cracking down more and more on fraudulent transactions, which is a good thing, but if they don’t know when or where you’re overseas they will often block your card. You can prevent this with a quick phone call.


4. Be aware of restrictions on what you can bring back

If you’re travelling outside of Europe it is often illegal for you to bring back certain food stuffs – check what you can and cannot bring back before turning up at customs.


5. Make your drinks last longer

Spirit measures overseas are generally much more generous than in the UK, so save money and your liver by asking for a mixer rather than more alcohol.

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6. Buy travel insurance

25% of holidaymakers still go abroad without any insurance, many of whom end up with sky high medical bills as a consequence – for example, treatment for a broken leg in the US costs around £44,000.

It's simple – avoid these astronomical costs by taking out travel insurance before you go.

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7. Get vaccinated

If you’re travelling outside of Western Europe, North America or Australasia there are some nasty but preventable diseases you might catch. Go see your doctor beforehand to get all the necessary jabs.


8. Lunch like the locals

There's a reason why the tanned locals disappear from the beach between one and three in the afternoon and have a leisurely lunch in the shade – the sun is too strong even for them. Avoid the red lobster look and go join them!


9. Learn a little of the local language

It won’t take long, can be fun to learn something new and will be greatly appreciated by the locals.

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10. Pre-book your travel extras

From pre-booking your airport parking and hotels, to arranging your car hire and travel money, there are many ways to save money on your holiday and make your life a little easier with a range of travel extras.

You'll find everything you need on Saga's Travel Extras page. Take a look now and you'll even save yourself some money for booking ahead of time. 


Bonus Tip: Get appy!

There are literally thousands of must-have travel apps available to download on your smart phone or tablet that will help you with the various aspects of your trip.

From flight trackers to weather apps, there are a whole host of useful tools available – and most are completely free. Saga even has its own free app which stores all of your travel documents and holidays details for your next Saga holiday.

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