Travel tips and hints you really should know
Are you planning your next trip? As expert travellers, we have learned some little secrets along the way. Below are a couple of travel tips and hints you should really know when travelling to Europe.
Make sure your passport is valid
Don’t forget to keep an eye on your passport’s expiration date. As a matter of fact, many countries all over the world require a valid passport for at least six months after your arrival date. However, if you visit one of the European countries, they only need a valid passport for three months. Therefore, if you don’t want to be denied entry to a country, make sure your passport valid or renew the old one in plenty of time.
Keep a copy of your Important Documents
If some of your documents get lost or stolen, it is important to have photocopies in order to avoid potential problems. Let’s say you have lost your original passport, by carrying a copy of it, you will always be able to prove your citizenship and you can still get back to your country. Apart from that, it’s a good idea if you leave a copy of all the important travel documents with someone you trust like family or one of your close friends. It’s also a good idea to give them a copy of your itinerary just in case anyone needs to get in touch with you back home.
Are you bringing your kids?
In the event you are travelling with your children, having the right paperwork for them is essential. Remember that if only one parent is travelling, then you should have a letter of consent. But, how about your child’s passport? If you want to travel in Canada, in Mexico or in the parts of the Caribbean, and you have a child under 15 years old, then you can use a certified copy of his or her birth certificate instead of using a passport. However, if this isn’t the case, then you have to ensure your child has a valid passport.
Call your debit- and credit-card companies
Let them know the places you will be visiting. This is a great habit to get into if you want to avoid any potential problems accessing your funds. When banks see charges from unusual places, they may think your credit card has been stolen or lost and put a block on your credit card immediately. So you should always tell them you’re taking a foreign trip.
Make a reservation in advance
Book your accommodation and sightseeing as far ahead in advance as possible. This is highly recommended, particularly during peak seasons as hotels and restaurants can often get booked out. Moreover, you should pre-book your tickets if you want to visit major sights. By doing this, you can ensure you beat the lines and and visit the sights stress free.
All in all, if you are travelling in Europe, these tips will help you make your travels go smoother and safer. We can help you arrange any travel needs through Europe whether it be joining a group tour or just book accommodation and transfers. Contact us for a quote.