How to safeguard your holiday experience

With COVID-19 restrictions now lifted in most countries, both international and domestic travel are back in full swing.

If you’ve been longing for a much-deserved holiday with friends and family, there is no better time to travel than now.

With that said, safety should always be at the forefront for any traveller.

Keep in mind these 10 tips to help you safeguard your next holiday experience.

1. Travel insurance is a must

If you are travelling overseas, it is vital that you purchase travel insurance. One of the main reasons for having travel insurance is to compensate against accident or medical treatment costs that you may incur during travel.

Depending on the type of coverage you choose, your travel insurance may also cover lost baggage, travel cancellations, credit card fraud, theft and/or natural disasters.

Due to the pandemic, many countries will require travellers to also purchase additional COVID travel insurance.

When choosing travel insurance, you have the option of choosing between the following plans: comprehensive cover, basic travel, or complimentary credit card cover that is offered with many credit card deals.

2. Do your research

Few things are more exciting than exploring a foreign land, but doing your research on your destination is key to keeping yourself safe on your journey.

It’s a good idea to read traveller reviews and consult with locals for information about the safest neighbourhoods to explore.

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You should also be wary of where you choose to stay, and whenever possible, opt for accommodation in an area with low incidences of crime.

3. Keep family and friends in the loop

Regardless of whether you’re embarking on an overnight jaunt or a month-long international journey, it is always a good idea to keep your family and friends in the loop.

Always be sure to share flight information, accommodation details and a copy of your itinerary with your close friends and loved ones so that they are able to keep tabs about your whereabouts.

This way, should disaster strike, you will be able to have someone who can act immediately to aid, assist and locate you.