Going on Holiday

Save time, money and stress by doing these essential things before you go away

1. Vaccinations

Up to date with your jabs? Tell your Doctor where you’re going and find out if you need any boosters. Head over to www.smartraveller.gov.au  for more information.

2. Currency

You’ll pay a hefty premium for currency at the airport, so sort it out before you go. Nova Alliance Bank® can arrange currency for you just call and talk to Emma.

3. Insurance

Sort out travel insurance as soon as you can so that you don’t lose out if the trip gets cancelled or postponed. Click here for CGU travel insurance.

4. Visas

Make sure you have valid Visas for the country you’re visiting. Find out whether you have to arrange your visa before you enter the country or if you pay and collect in the country you’re visiting at passport control.

5. Passports

It’s the obvious ones that people forget! Check the expiry date on your passports – if it’s before or during the trip, it’ll need renewing, in fact for most overseas countries you need 6 months left on the expiry date at the return date of your trip. For everything you need to know about passports, visit www.passports.gov.au

6. Transport and car hire

Make sure you get to do everything that you have planned by booking transport in advance. Booking car hires and coach or train journeys in advance means you’ll bag the best deal, and researching your routes and timings will ensure that days out don’t turn into days sat in traffic.

7. Hold luggage

Weigh bags before you fly. Getting caught out with a bag that exceeds the airline’s allowance can be costly, even if it’s only slightly overweight. Padlocks and luggage straps are also more pricey at the airport, so buy them in advance.

8. Hand luggage

Double check the dimensions of your chosen airline’s hand luggage allowance – they won’t allow it on the plane if it doesn’t fit! Also remember to transfer any liquids (including creams, pastes and gels) into 100ml containers, and leave sharp items out of your hand luggage.

9. Travelling with kids?

If the kids are coming on holiday too, check that your accommodation is child friendly and whether you’ll need to bring anything extra. Find out whether the water at your destination is suitable for little ones, and always carry a few snacks for rumbly tummies.

10. Holiday packing

Now all that’s left to do is the packing! Make yourself a check list several weeks before the trip to ensure that you do not forget anything last minute.


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