Tips to Stay Safe on Summer Road Trips in Portugal
Breaks and holidays are meant to be fun, but there are times where you need to be a little careful as well. Consider requirements for your safety before you go so you can enjoy yourself when you get there.
If you are planning on taking that trip to Portugal, whether for a break away, a hen weekend, or a stag weekend, then you want to be sure to stay safe along the way. For the best and most affordable break, there are a few things you can take into consideration before you go so you can enjoy your time away to the fullest.
Some things may seem like a bit of an extreme, but when you get there you might be glad that you did them. There are plenty of tips from the Foreign Office and useful information from their Know Before You Go campaign. Again, some things may seem like they are completely insignificant and irrelevant to you now, but you never know what it going to happen when you get there so if you want a fantastic trip, then better to be safe than sorry.
Make sure you have travel insurance! Travel insurance can literally cost next to nothing and you can get a great policy that covers you in any eventuality. If you are able to be specific as to what activities you will be taking part in on your trip then you can ensure full protection.
Once you have planned that trip and know where you are going; check out where the nearest Embassy will be. This information will be really easy to find online and will give you details of what they can do and when they are open.
Make a quick call to your doctor, or look online, to see if you need any jabs before you go. If you are travelling in Europe, then you can get an EHI card (European Health Insurance) for free which will reduce medical costs or could even ensure free medical treatments should you need them. Be aware that this is not an alternative; the card is in addition to insurance.
When booking your stag or hen weekend, make sure you choose a reputable, trusted company like Eclipse Leisure and book online to save the most on your travel costs. This will prevent any unwelcome surprises on your arrival and will provide peace of mind that your trip is going to be a good one.
Make sure your passport has at least 6 months left on it before it expires as some travel companies will not let you travel if it has less than. If it is less than; check online to make sure you can travel without renewing it. Keep a copy of your passport in a safe place too so you aren’t completely stuck if you were to lose it.
When the time finally comes for you to go on holiday; take care and trust your instincts. Being in a foreign county can sometimes mean people will get carried away with ‘being on holiday’. Having fun is the most important part, but be aware of what you are doing.
Keep your valuables safe. Most travellers these days will use a padlock on their suitcases without even thinking so join the club and keep your cameras and phones safely locked away.
Don’t end up without any form of communication or a massive phone bill; double-check with your service provider what the options are for your phone and tariff whilst you’re away.
If you are a regular abroad, then you will be aware of the rules on water, if you’re not then take note. It might not be safe to drink the water so you need to check. If you’re not sure or if you find that it is not, then you should stick to bottled water. It is really cheap and a lot of travellers tend to go for this option even if the water is safe.
Finally, check out any regulations on bringing food or plants back to the UK before you buy them as they may not be allowed.
The ultimate goal is to ensure your trip is a fun experience and the only way this can be achieved it by planning carefully and taking certain precautions. You don’t have to go over the top, but make sure you are protected and familiar with the place you are going if you can. There are loads more tips online so check it out and have an awesome time.
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