Having close friends or family living abroad brings with it a number of pros and cons. On the one hand it can be a big undertaking to organise a trip to see the person in question – but on the other hand, it’s a perfect chance to turn what would otherwise be a routine trip into an extended break. Not only that, but you’ll be able to save a significant amount over a traditional holiday if the person in question is able to put you in their spare room during your trip.
While it’s fair to say that visiting relatives or friends could potentially mean that you’ll be less at ease than if you were on a true holiday, it’s still an excellent chance to get away from the stresses of everyday life and spend some time with people that you’re close too. If you do feel particularly relaxed in the company of your host, remember to treat their home and personal property with respect – just because they gamely suggest that you should treat their home as if it was your own doesn’t mean that you should take it literally.
Although you’ll likely be more relaxed in the lead up to your trip than you would be as you approach a ‘normal’ holiday, it’s still important that you’re fully prepared. Get the essentials out of the way nice and early and you’ll be able to start truly looking forward to your time away without the niggling feeling at the back of your head that you still have plenty of preparation to do.
Shop around for the best deals on foreign currency and travel insurance before you leave and you’ll likely save yourself a packet. Heading online for your foreign currency can be a great way to save money as that’s where you’re likely to find the best exchange rates. Just be sure to give yourself enough time to have the currency delivered to you before your departure date.
Check your passport well in advance of your trip. If it turns out that you need to renew it before you go away then you’ll need to give yourself enough time to get it sorted out. The renewal process can be lengthy (although express services are available – at a significant premium) so the earlier you get things in motion the better.
If you set aside some time to get organised well in advance of your trip then you’ll be giving yourself the best chance of a worry-free holiday. Do any research and general preparation you need to as early as you can and it’ll be plain sailing from there on in.