Are you looking for a beach holiday or a city trip? Read our tips that facilitate the planning of the trip.
Book flights and accommodation
Once you have chosen the destination, the next natural step is to think about how to travel, such as a plane, train, or other tickets. Remember to book your tickets in time. For example, cheap flights are often booked well before the trip. You can compare ticket prices online, and buying tickets with online banking codes is also easy. If you have OP-Visa Platinum and have paid for the trip with the card’s credit function, you can cancel the journey regardless of the reason, e.g., due to disability. If you pay for the trip with a credit card, you will get your money back if the trip is canceled due to financial problems with the airline or travel agency.
Also, book a hotel or other housing accommodations at the destination. It is often possible to book a hotel when you get the tickets. However, if you do not want to book the accommodation at this stage, remember to tentatively find out about any alternative accommodation that can be booked on short notice or first at the destination. This way, you avoid any tedious twists and turns with the accommodation during your trip.
Travel Insurance in your back pocket
At best, the trip goes precisely according to plan and without serious problems, but there is always a danger of unexpected hassle on a journey. The travel insurance protects against accidents and illnesses that break out during the trip. According to the insurance, a canceled and interrupted trip, delay in connection with travel, and waiting costs are also reimbursed.
You can ensure yourself and your luggage and compile travel insurance based on your needs. You can also download the mobile application on your smartphone or touchpad if you want. The mobile phone contains instructions for possible damage situations. You also have a travel insurance card on your mobile phone on your travels.
Remember passports, visas, and other travel documents
Check the validity of the passport. In some countries, the passport must be authentic for a minimum of six months after the trip. If you are working for a new passport, it is possible to do so via the police’s web service.
Check well in advance of the trip that you have obtained all the travel documents needed at the destination. Also, describe if you need a visa or other travel documents. For travel to certain countries, a visa is always required, and if your trip destination is the United States, you must obtain a separate fee-based ESTA entry permit before the trip. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs publishes travel notices for different countries, and in them, you can check any passport restrictions and recommendations for other destinations.
To bring on the trip: card or cash?
Anyone planning a trip should also think about how much money is needed, and then you are often asked the question: cards or cash? Although changing currency before a trip is possible, you can do very well with debit cards in many countries. You thus do not necessarily have to change money in advance. Still, you can handle your affairs directly with your international debit card, or if necessary, you can withdraw currency with your card first on the spot. When you pay for your purchases with a card, the exchange rate is also better than cash currency.
However, it does not pay to be told to bet everything on a single card. If your primary debit card is damaged or lost, having a spare card with you on the trip is a good idea. You ensure that the journey continues pleasantly with an extra card, even if you do not have access to your primary debit card.
Think about timetables, attractions, and other events
Of course, it is not the intention to plan the timetable for your holiday trip minute by minute. Nevertheless, it is good to have a preliminary schedule and plan for the vacation, especially if you intend to visit popular tourist locations. So, think for a while about the sights at the destination and nice events. Plan your schedule to have time for everything.
Pack your suitcases on time and with care
The motive of your trip, the destination, and the length of the trip largely determine how much and in what way it pays for you to pack before the trip. A cruise of one or two days can succeed with only a backpack/handbag, if even that, but it pays to pack a giant suitcase for a beach holiday of several weeks. The journey is, of course, good to pack clothes according to the weather and conditions, but also remember small things that are easily forgotten, such as medicines that you may need or a travel adapter that fits the electrical systems in other countries.