Passport. Tickets. Money. Luggage. You're all packed and ready to go, right? Well, almost - don't forget these six important things to do before you go to the airport.
1. Check Visa Requirements Are you absolutely certain you have the correct visa (or meet visa-waiver requirements)? It can be a nasty shock to arrive at the airport and find you don't have the correct documents. Check your passport too - many countries require you to have six months left before expiry, so make sure you comply before you go.
2. Get Immunised Some countries require travel vaccinations (particularly for Yellow Fever) as a condition of entry, so it's vital to know if the places you're travelling to are on this list. For recommended vaccinations and health advice, speak to your GP or a travel clinic well before you leave.
3. Check Your Insurance Does you travel insurance cover what you need? Make sure you read the small print - especially if you're planning to do any unusual sports or activities during your time abroad. Contact your insurer if you'll be heading off the beaten track, and make sure your belongings and healthcare are both adequately covered.
4. Book your Airport travel Don't leave it until the last minute to decide how you're going to get to the airport. If you're driving, plan your route in advance and pre-book airport parking for the best price. If you're taking public transport, booking in advance will save you money and double-checking train and bus timetables will avoid transport hitches. Booking a taxi in advance will ensure that there's one available when you need it - and the taxi firm may have useful advice on journey times, so take it.
5. Book Your Onward Travel So you know how you're getting to the airport and you have your flight ticket - what about transport at the other end? At a minimum, check what the transport situation is; the last thing you want is to be waiting in a foreign city for a non-existent train or bus, especially late at night. Look up timetables for public transport and expected taxi fares before you go - and ask your hotel if there's a cheap and convenient shuttle bus or shared taxi system you can use.
6. Check Your Baggage Limits Check your hold baggage weight restrictions before you pack, especially if you're flying with a budget airline - excess baggage charges are not a good way to start a holiday! Check size limits on hand luggage as well: oversize bags may need to be checked, which may lead to an unexpected charge. Your booking information or the airline website should be able to guide you.
Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate
Book with confidence. We are a Member of ABTA which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. All the package and Flight-Plus holidays we sell are covered by a scheme protecting your money if the supplier fails. Other services such as business travel, hotels or flights on their own may not be protected and you should ask us what protection is available. To find out more please go to www.abta.co.uk. Our numbers are W9294, C7292, J2696.
The air holiday packages advertised on this website are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority, as we act as an agent for licensed tour operators and we can ATOL protect our own tailor-made itineraries for you. The names and ATOL numbers of each tour operators are displayed with each holiday offer shown and when enquiring with us about your holiday we will advise who is ATOL protecting your booking and confirm their ATOL number. Our ATOL number is 9150. You can check an ATOL number here