Some forward planning can turn a good holiday into a dream getaway.
You’ve chosen the destination, booked the flight and organised leave with the boss. Now use our vacation checklist to ensure nothing gets between you and the time of your life.
Get paperwork in order
Allow plenty of time to arrange a passport and visas. Contact the Embassy, High Commission or Consular representative of the countries you’ll be visiting or speak with your travel agent for details of passport and visa requirements. Some countries require passports to be valid for six months after expiry of a visa.
Manage your money
Think about how you’ll pay for purchases. Buy currency at any time when the dollar is strong in the lead up to your trip. Keep details of any cards you take overseas in case of theft.
Check travel warnings
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) issues travel warnings on its Smart Traveller website. Check them out – heading off to a destination that carries a ‘Do not travel’ warning is extremely risky and could void your travel cover.
Think about registering your travel plans with DFAT, especially if you’re travelling alone.
Secure key documents
Print copies of key travel documents including your passport and itinerary and leave them with a friend or relative. Scanning and uploading copies to your email inbox lets you access details if paperwork is lost or stolen while you’re away.
Take care of your home base
Ask neighbours to keep an eye on your home, and if possible, bring in garbage bins or collect your mail in your absence.
Book pets into boarding accommodation (they’ll need up-to-date vaccinations) or arrange for friends or family to care for them.
All that remains now is to pack, book the cab to the airport and get ready to explore a new destination. Bon voyage!
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