Safeguard your holiday investment with a bit of pre-planning, research and travel insurance.
Most people spend thousands and scarce annual leave for their much looked-forward to holiday. You hear stories of some people loving a particular destination and others saying they will never go back. Chances are those who get the most out of their travel do their research before they depart.
To help you get the most out of your holiday, here are a few online resources to give you some great ideas, official travel advice and general guidance to increase your chance of having that trip of a lifetime…
This is the Australian Government’s official website for the 7 million plus Australian’s that travel internationally each year. The following are extracts from the site.
Travel advice for every country
The travel advice on smartraveller.gov.au contains important destination-specific information that you need to know when planning an overseas trip. There’s useful advice on local laws, entry and exit requirements and health issues, and an indicative rating of the security situation in particular countries. Travel advice is regularly updated, so it’s a good idea to subscribe to receive free email notifications when the information for your destinations changes.
Register your travel details online, or at the nearest Australian embassy, high commission or consulate once you arrive, so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency, such as a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family issue.
If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel. That might sound a bit harsh, but organising insurance is an essential part of preparing for your overseas trip. If you’re uninsured you (or your family) are personally liable for covering any medical or other costs resulting from unexpected incidents or accidents. Comprehensive travel insurance should cover all medical expenses for injury or illness, as well as theft of your valuables and cancellations or interruptions to your flight plans, baggage damage and more.
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A great place to find information on any destination and nearly any hotel, villa and hostel in the world. You will find photos, reviews and tips posted by previous travellers. The posted information is authentic and the photos have not been airbrushed or edited so you will be able to make informed decisions
The Lonely Planet
A trusted resource, that has editorial reviews and articles for most destinations around the world. Lonely Planet has great ‘eat’ and ‘where to stay’ recommendations, which is extremely useful when your first arrive at any destination and the surroundings are not yet familiar.
The Official Travel Tourism Site for the Country you are visiting
You will find loads of travel advice on the country you’re visiting. A lot of these sites also have feedback and testimonials from other travellers. The best way to find these sites is to simply use google and the search term – ‘Country (name) official tourism site’. You will find other useful online sites such as wikipedia that also contain relevant information. You can also check Google maps to research the geographic locations of all your destinations ranging from the airport to your hotels. A little prior preparation will help prevent a poor travel experience.
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