With so much to do before a holiday, we wanted to take out some of the stress for you with our rundown of top things to organise before you travel. Take a look and tick off a few items on your to-do list:

Order Currency

Have you ever wondered why your money comes to slightly less than you had expected when purchasing your currency at an exchange bureau? Well, that’s because the rates we find on comparison sites, such as Money Saving Expert, quote you the price of online pre-orders. So, to really get your money’s worth, be prepared just a day or two earlier and order online. You can arrange to pick your money up in-store or it can be delivered to your door.

Alternatively, you could use a prepaid travel card. They often tend to be cheaper than using a debit/credit card overseas and give you the added security that comes with no cash.

 

Travel with hand luggage and pre-order your toiletries to the other side

Travelling with hand luggage can save you a lot of money, especially when travelling with a budget airline, yet many of us find it daunting – not only due to the lack of space to pack but also because of the security restrictions. Ordering your toiletries online at Boots.com not only saves you from worrying about your liquid allowance but also saves room in your case (if you're happy to carry around the carrier bag). There may even be some online discount codes you could use so it’s a win-win all-round. Just make sure you have time to collect your order before boarding.

 

Pre-order your transfer

To save yourself the unwanted stress travelling in an unknown country can cause, pre-book your airport transfer with hoppa to ensure you arrive happy. To save money, opt for a shuttle. The journey time is a little longer but with the added drop-offs, you get to be noisy and see other people's accommodation along the way.

For the duration of your stay, research your local transport options. Assuming your surrounding are safe, travel with the locals using the public transport. This way you can learn more about their culture and maybe pick up some useful local lingo. 

 

Travel Insurance

If travelling on a tight budget, you may be tempted to go without insurance but we strongly advise you not to. It’s only a small added cost in relation to your trip and could save you a lot of money in the long run. Unfortunately, we never know what's around the corner.

 

Remember to Download

Before travelling to a foreign country, remember to download anything you can - whether that be important travel documents or a music playlist. WIFI isn’t always accessible when we are abroad and data charges can become very costly. If staying at a well-known hotel, ask if they have a membership you can sign up to. This doesn't usually cost you but it does save money with exclusive discounts for stays and services (such as WIFI).

 

Do you need a Visa?

Before booking your trip, check if you need a Visa. You can’t cut the cost here but it's important to be prepared so you aren’t caught short when it comes to your spending money.

 

Once you've got all that sorted, all that's left is to sit back and enjoy your holiday!

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