It’s almost time for my South Korean adventure, and the planning makes up most of the excitement!
Going on holiday is one of the most exciting things you can do – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a heap of responsibilities and pre-travel arrangements that need to be made before heading out.
I thought we could touch on the five things you need to consider before you officially book your holiday.
- Make sure you can find the time
When we were kids we took for granted the fact that we had extended periods of the year where we had total freedom to go out and do whatever we wanted (within reason). In adult life, when careers start becoming a factor, that tends to change.
While some people are clever enough to be able to save up enough holiday time to make a journey easily doable, others are a little less frugal with their hours. Make sure you’ll have the time to actually head out on this trip – even if it means using some brains to plan it around a serious lack of holiday time.
- Jabs and injections
Immunization against diseases happens at a very early age for a native child. However, while you are probably protected against the infections you’re likely to face in your own country, you’ll have no natural resistance to conditions found overseas.
There are a lot of scary diseases out there ready to pounce at any moment, so make sure you do some background reading and discover exactly which injections you’ll need to ensure you don’t come back with a potentially fatal condition.
- Do your research on flights
Don’t book yourself into the first flight which becomes available. Doing this is sure to result in you finding a spot on a plane which is going to cost you a lot more than other options might have.
Don’t settle – the number one travel tip is to use price comparison tools and get the cheapest deal. You can also head to a travel agent and if they can find you a better deal if you’re not happy with what you’ve come across online. This will be the most expensive part of any holiday, so make sure to put some effort in.
- Local laws and customs
Remember; not every country has the same grasp of rules and morals as your own. That means there are loads of funny global laws and customs you need to get your head around in order to prevent disaster abroad. Some of them probably don’t sound all that serious but could see you slapped with a hefty fine (or worse).
For example, did you know in Belarus it’s technically against the law to drive a car that’s dirty? Alright, you won’t be facing prison time for something like this – but you won’t really want the hassle either.
- Get essential documents in order
This is probably the biggest headache you’ll face before heading out. Documentation might be a horrendously boring and tiresome part of any excursion, but it’s also an absolute must if you want to get past border control. Just because it’s boring, it doesn’t mean you can neglect this pre-travel factor in any way.
Holidays are a great way to relieve stress and have a great time – but that won’t happen unless you have your background planning in order. Make sure to bookmark this post to remember the five things I’ve laid out here in order to guarantee your trip be as good as it can be.