If you’re due to travel for your next holiday, here are ten tips that you might like to remember, so you and your family can fully enjoy and be stress-free during your vacation.
1. Plan ahead
Don’t wait until the last minute to buy airline tickets or book in a hotel. Chances are you get to save more when you do those things early. You can buy tickets at cheaper prices and you can compare hotels or resorts and choose the one you like. If not done early, you might not be able to get a reservation because the place is already fully booked for the holiday.
2. Get travel insurance
There are certain unexpected things that can happen during your travel, such as injury, illness, loss of valuables and flight cancellations. If you and your family do not have insurance coverage, you will be left to pay for everything.
3. Pack as lightly as possible
Don’t bring a ton in your suitcase. Weigh your luggage at home so you don’t get charged additional baggage fee when it is in excess weight. Use vacuum bags to shrink clothing and fit them into your suitcase.
4. Secure your important documents and cash
Make a copy of important documents including your passport, visas, tickets, itinerary, travel insurance policy and IDs, and keep them in a safe place separate from the originals. Have some cash handy in your pocket or purse, but keep the others in odd places like inside your shoes or stitched to your undergarment.
5. Register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Avoid having your friends and family worry about you. Register your travel plans with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to make it easy to find you and contact you in case of an emergency.
6. Be at the airport early so you don’t miss your flight
For sure, the airport is going to be busy during holidays. If you don’t want to get caught in the hustle and bustle, be there early.
7. Check-in online
If you want to skip the long queues at the Melbourne airport, you can go online, check in and print your own ticket. If this service is available for your flight, it is accessible 48 hours to 40 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.
8. Get off-site Melbourne airport parking
If you drive your car to the airport, get off-site parking to save on fees. You can either book ahead for valet parking or you can park it yourself and take a few minutes ride via shuttle bus to the airport terminal.
9. Get your flu shot
To be more or less sure that you won’t get sick during the holidays, get a flu shot for you and your family.
10. Keep your home safe while you’re away
Before leaving, don’t forget to take some safety precautions to keep your home safe. Ask a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your house or notify the police who patrol the area. Unplug electrical appliances and use an automatic light switch timer to turn lights on and off.