You are strongly advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance
to cover all persons in your party. Be sure your policy provides for an
air ambulance back home, ALL medical bills, injury from sports activities,
and, if you are driving to your holiday destination, replacing and/or
bringing your car home.
Travel Money Services – Provide an independent currency exchange
Money Services allows customers to capitalise on improved rates by
booking in advance. In particular, the company specialises in offering
exchange rates in Euros, US dollars, Australian dollars and New Zealand
dollars. You can exchange any amount of money from £500 to £10,000
in both cash and traveller's cheques, with reduced rates for exchanges
in excess of £2,500 and for amounts over £10,000 cash can
be redirected to your bank account. It is also possible to choose your
own delivery date, and the company offers an exclusive buy back service.
- Do not travel with large amounts of cash. Split what cash you have
with other members of your party.
- Always take travellers cheques and remember to keep a note of their
numbers in a separate travel bag/location to the cheques.
- Take some cash in local currency as you may need it for airport
- Ensure your credit cards do not expire before your return, and if
applicable, check your balance against your credit limit to ensure
you have enough funds for you requirements.
- Some credit and charge cards will refuse payment if there is a marked
change in your usual pattern of spending so it is worth notifying
them that you are travelling abroad.
- Keep a separate note of all your card numbers, and do not keep the
note with the cards. Your bank will be able to help you with all of
- Ensure you have enough funds to cover emergencies.
- Whilst on holiday, do not carry all your cards, cash or travel cheques
with you. Take what you need and leave the rest is a safe place in
your holiday accommodation, ideally in 4 separate places, that way
if you do get robbed it's unlikely they'll find it all!
- To convert your money use the XE.com Personal Currency Assistant
Currency Converter link
If you are travelling in your car or intend to hire a car on holiday,
check your driving licence does not expire before you return. You may
use your GB licence for driving in all other European Community/European
Economic Area [EC/EEA] member states, although the green version may
not be accepted in Italy or Spain. Check with a motoring organisation
if you want to drive in a non-EC/EEA country. They will advise you whether
you need an International Driving Permit [IDP]. IDPs are issued by the
AA, the RAC, RSAC and Green Flag National Breakdown Recovery Club. You
must be resident in GB, have passed a driving test and be over 18 years
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