When holidaymakers are again able
to travel abroad the documents that they need to take has increased as many
travel companies may want to see evidence of Covid vaccinations and tests along
with the routine documentation that is required. Hotels may also want to see
these documents along with the normal booking confirmations and passport
documents. Keeping these documents safe is a concern but there are a few ways
of making sure that your paper documents are secure whilst still being easily
accessible if needed.
Using a plastic A5 size zip close
wallet is a useful way to keep your documents in one place, test results, passports,
holiday confirmations and insurance documents can all be kept together but they
are easy to get to if required to show them on your journey. This size should
fit easily into a handbag or a pocket in your hand luggage. Additional
documents such as boarding passes can be put in the plastic wallet when they
are issued ensuring that they too are kept safe.
It is important to take care of
your documentation as you are travelling but also when you arrive at your
holiday destination. Most hotels provide a room safe sometimes for a small
additional charge and it is advisable to secure your documents and travel money
in the safe for the duration of your holiday as some insurance companies insist
on this in order to cover you for any theft of money or valuables.
One of the downsides of any family
holiday could be said to be the journey to the holiday destination and if you
have ever travelled long distances in your car with young children, you will
know that it can be a stressful experience. The journey can be made easier for
everyone however by ensuring the children are entertained it some way and kept
busy as this will make the journey appear shorter. Some vehicles have DVD
screens that are built into the car and are valuable on longer journeys
especially if they can be used with headphones so that the child can watch
their favourite programmes whilst you can listen to your choice of music.
A good investment for any family
trips away is backseat organisers which fit on the back of the front seats.
These organisers have small pockets that can store children’s favourite snacks
and drinks along with larger pockets for mobile devices and colouring books and
crayons. The children can then easily reach the activities without disturbing
the driver and front seat passenger.
Fold out plastic lap trays that
fit onto the car seat can be purchased and are a useful way for children to
have a surface on which to draw or rest a book or mobile device or to be used
as a picnic tray for snacks and drinks.
Some businesses are having to
restrict what their employees do and that may mean that a lot of travel that
was done pre Covid has now had to be stopped. For other businesses, travel is
an integral part of their business and they still need to do a certain amount
to allow them to keep trading.
If this is the case for your
business then you need to take the time to plan your travel or that of your
employee carefully. It may eb that you need to allow a lot more time as checks
and restrictions have been put in place which may add time on to your journeys.
It is important to ensure that the
member of staff that is traveling feels happy to do so and is well. Any signs
or symptoms of Covid and they should not travel and instead isolate. If travel
is required then you need to try and eliminate the number of people they come
in to contact with as much as possible. This may include not travelling at peak
times and staying in a hotel away from the city centres.
Travel can still be done safely
but it is vital you take as many precautions as possible to protect your
employee and those that they may come in to contact with.
With many of
us in the UK being told not to travel unless it is necessary, holidays are
being cancelled left, right and centre. Most of these holidays are being
refunded by the travel companies although some people may need to make a claim
off their holiday insurance to get their money back. Over the last few weeks
the situation with the outbreak has worsened and we are seeing and increase in
the number of people who have gone on holiday and are now finding themselves on
lock down in their hotel rooms.
It may be
that you were not going to be travelling abroad, but had a holiday booked in
this country. You may still want to try and go but the truth is you may still
find that you are massively affected by this and what should have been a
relaxing time away with a loved one or with your family turns in to a time of
worry and concern.
Many of the
UK holiday destinations such as Centre Parcs have already decided to close
their doors for the foreseeable future and it is looking like many others will
whether in a car on a train or on a plane can be a little boring especially for
younger children who may not be used to spending long periods of time having to
stay in their seats. You may find that what was supposed to be a quickish
journey turns in to an extremely long one due to delays that are out of your
are a great way to keep children entertained whilst often also entertaining the
adults in the car too. There are many travel games that can be played to pass
the time such as Eye Spy. This game has been around for years and the beauty of
it is you don’t need anything to play it.
if you have
younger children that cannot spell yet you could play it with colours instead
of the letter it begins with.
like “who am I” are great, where you think of an animal or a character (if you
want to make it a little harder) and the other members of the family have to
ask questions to find out who or what you might be. The person who guesses
correctly wins a point. Often when playing travel games children will be so
wrapped up in the game they will forget about the journey and you won’t hear
the dreaded words “are we there yet?”
will say that one regret they have is that they wished they had travelled parts
of the world before settling down and having a family or taking on commitments
such as a mortgage which meant they could not afford to give up their job and
take time out to travel.
important it is to travel and what are the pros and cons. Did you really miss
out if you didn’t go travelling or is it too late to start now?
If you really want to explore other parts of
the world, then you definitely should try to do it. You may find it easier to
do this when you are young as you may feel you do not get the opportunity to
have the experience again later in life. Very often students take a year out
called a Gap year to travel around. When they come back they often say they
have a better idea of what they want to do with their life and find it easier
to settle down.
It is likely to be expensive when travelling especially if you are not planning on working whilst you are away. You should always make sure you have enough money to see you through your trip and always have a back up of money for a ticket home should you want or need to return early.