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Things to do before going on holiday
Things to do before going on holiday

There are few things more exciting than that moment when you step out of your door, cases in hand, with a glorious holiday destination to head to. But, short of deciding where exactly you would like to go, planning and preparing for the perfect holiday can seem a little overwhelming - especially if it is not somewhere you have been before.

From travel insurance to vaccines and currency, there are a few factors to bear in mind when you are preparing for your next adventure - but hopefully, planning will be a breeze after you have read some of our top tips for holiday organisation. Happy travelling!

Eight weeks before travel

Travel vaccines

If you need travel vaccinations to keep you fit and healthy while you're away, it is recommended that you leave it no later than eight weeks prior to your trip to arrange. While some vaccines have a long life from the time they are given, they may need to be in your system for several weeks before you are properly protected.

Do bear in mind that you won't need vaccinations for all countries, and the number of injections or tablets required can often depend on which parts of a certain country you are intending to visit.

Seven weeks before travel


If you are booking your flights separately to your accommodation, research shows that you are most likely to get the best price for your flights around 51 days before you are looking to travel. Though, in peak season, it is advisable to book well in advance to ensure that you do get seats. Early morning or late night flights are less likely to fill up - this offers you a degree of flexibility with your travel plans.

Travel Insurance

Ideally, you will book your travel insurance as soon as you book either your hotel or flights - especially if either element is non-refundable. It is very much true that the sooner you buy your insurance, the sooner you are protected - especially if you invest time into selecting the policy that best fits you, your family, and the trip itself.

Five weeks before travel

Airport parking

If you are planning on driving to the airport yourself, arranging airport parking in advance eliminates any last-minute stress when it comes to getting to the airport on time. Guidelines and rates very much depend on the airport, but most won't accept advance bookings less than a day in advance. Some will offer early booking discounts, however.

With this in mind, it can pay dividends to save on your car parking costs with a little preparation, allowing for more spending money on your holiday!

Three weeks before travel

Travel money

When it comes to ensuring you have got enough local currency to see you through the holiday, you will undoubtedly get a better exchange rate if you arrange your travel money in advance, rather than leaving it until you are in the airport, or the country itself.

Many opt to look at currency exchanges around two to three weeks before setting off so that there is enough time to research exchange rates, but if the currency is readily available (and doesn't require ordering in), you could likely leave this until a few days before.

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