A few tour operators try to insist that you take out their insurance as a condition of booking flight-only deals. That will probably add at least $50 to each ticket, and maybe as much as $80. Offer instead to provide proof that you have taken out your own insurance - you can then shop around for the best deal. Often that will be an annual travel policy. It's possible, for instance, to get a year's multi-trip insurance policy for a family for as little as $140.
The important thing is to be sure you're covered from the moment you book tickets and accommodation. If you have to cancel because of illness, bereavement or redundancy, it's no good trying to take out insurance at that point!
If you hire a car at your destination each driver will need to produce a full driving licence and passport (if you're pre-booking, remember to make it clear if you want more than one driver). If you're taking your own car, you will need a full set of car and insurance documents.
Passports and Vaccinations
Don't forget your passport! And make sure you check it well before your departure date - it's all too easy to overlook a passport that's expired, or to forget that children need their own passports at 16. Very few of the countries featured in these pages require visa applications in advance - if they do, the property owner should be able to tell you about it. A few countries outside Europe may refuse to let you in if your passport is close to its expiry date - again, the villa owner should be able to let you know. It's the same with vaccinations and health requirements, which apply mainly to tropical or third - world countries: if in doubt, check with your doctor.
What to Pack for Holiday (and what to leave behind!)
With so many of us taking cheap flights to navigate the globe it’s always worth reassesing what you put in your suitcase, after all a small lightweight suitcase can save you money. Even if you are not taking advantage of the cheap flights then a lightweight suitcase leaves you space to bring back a few exotic gifts.
Here’s a few essential holiday items that you can cut back on.
Of course you need to take some clothes, even if you’re off for two weeks on the beach, but be ruthless, do you really need a different bikini for every day? Take a few minutes to think where and when you are likely to wear each piece of clothing, be realistic and leave behind that extra “just in case” dress. It helps to colour coordinate your clothes that way you will get more interesting wear out of fewer items and you will need less shoes and handbags.
One paperback should be fine, but if you are a prolific reader and don’t like to ask fellow travellers to swap books then the obvious answer is an e-book reader, but you may want to pick up a magazine or a newspaper at the airport for those flights that still won’t let you use electronic equipment on takeoff and landing.
Here it’s important to really workout what you need rather than what you want. No point taking that 500ml of shampoo and conditioner on long weekend break, you can either decant the liquid into small plastic see through containers (if you are planning on taking them in your carry on luggage remember you can only take 100ml) or buy the small travel options available at the airport. If you are staying at a hotel or something similar better still just use theirs.
Hair straighteners/Hair Dryers
Every woman knows it’s hard to live without these essentials, however you can leave the hair dryer at home as all hotels carry these, however the straighteners are a different matter, but try taking the small travel variety, they are lightweight and can handle most holiday hair. Either that or use the holiday experience to let your mane flow free, you may want to add a small amount of mousse, just in case.
Ask yourself, Do I really need 3 watches, 4 necklaces and that large piece of costume jewelry? Expensive jewelry is best left at home, although a couple of pieces of light weight costume jewelry can could be considered. If you really want to take that large heavy weight piece, wear it for the journey, you may have to remove it to get through security but it won’t add to your luggage allowance..
Although a good guide book can be great reference material, ask yourself is it essential? Most holiday guides are available on e-readers, but these can be heavy or cumbersome to carry around whilst you sightseeing. If you do what a good reference book try taking a pocket variety and put it in your pocket for the flight. As most hotels charge a kings ransom for internet access, do your homework before you leave and just take a few notes with you or web addresses, that way you can go to specific pages once abroad and not waste your time and money surfing the net.
These really are an essential, daily lenses in their little blister packs should add to your liquid allowance and you can pop a few in a handbag, pocket etc, they don’t need to be declared at security. If you wear monthly contact lenses then take a small “trial” or travel solution with you as these often only contain 60ml, larger bottles could be purchased at the airport if you are going away for more than a few days. Alternatively this could be an ideal time to try extended wear contacts as there is no need for solution.
Pop your glasses in your pocket or try to pack them in the smallest spectacle case possible, thereby reducing their suitcase space.
Shoes and Handbags
As mentioned earlier, if you can colour coordinate your clothing as much as possible then this will significantly reduce the amount of shoes and handbags need. Think about the handbag you take on the plane, don’t have just as a travel bag but also one of your evening or day bags, preferably it would be the bag for all occasions, but that might just be one compromise too many.
The key is to take just enough to enjoy your holiday and not so much you are weighed down.
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Confirm details before renting
We recommend that potential renters, or their agents, confirm all the terms of the proposed rental contract in writing in advance of the rental, and wherever possible, also view the property in advance. If possible, pay by credit card or paypal, as you will have protection by paying using these methods.
If you wire transfer money, make sure that the name and country that you are wiring the money to, bears some relationship to the person that owns the property.
You can also ask for utility bills showing the address of the property and ask for testimonials. Most genuine property owners are happy to provide this. Also make sure that any insurance or breakage deposit is clearly listed and not tagged onto the bill at the last minute.
Above all, if you are at all suspicious - walk away and report the property to us.
We would be very interested to know how you enjoyed your stay at any of the properties on our pages. Any positive (or negative) feed back would be greatly appreciated.
Enjoy your holidays!