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Prepare for your holiday the right way

We all get that holiday feeling, for most it's a time of relaxation or adventure. This article has been designed to help everyone when it comes to planning a holiday.

Don't forget about your Passport

You might be surprised by the amount of people who leave getting their passport to the last minute. If you do have your passport always check that it's valid and in date.

When applying for your first passport it's an easy form but a long process, and can take up to 6 weeks before it's in your hands. We advise you not to book any holidays before you have received your passport. To apply for your first passport or renew an old one click HERE!

There can be many problems that occur when applying, the most common is that the photograph may not meet regulations.

TIP: We advise you don't take the photograph yourself. There are special requirements that the photo must meet, for example the size of your head, lighting, resolution, no make-up, no smiling etc. Due to the specific needs of the photo, we advise that you always use photo ID approved booths (which can be found at most supermarkets) or approved shops like Timpsons.

Don't forget about your Passport

Exchange Bureau (Bureau de Change)

Whether you're changing Pounds into Dollars, Euros or Emirates, the Exchange Bureau may not give you the best rate on the day.

Rates for most countries change every day and vary across their country, so the best thing to do is shop around.

TIP: Use a search engine to find your local Exchange Bureaus for example the Post Office. This way you won't have to lose valuable holiday shopping time. Give your local Bureau a call and they will tell you how much you can get for your pounds. It's easy, simple and you will feel happy you managed to get the best price. It's best not to use Exchange Bureaus at airports as most airports within the country offer the lowest rates.

Exchange Bureau (Bureau de Change)

Travel Insurance

There are hundreds of destinations and reasons to travel from business, sport, exploring or relaxing. Due to the huge choice of holidays always check your travel insurance policy gives you the cover you need.

If you don't have travel insurance, get a quote from One Call now and see how much you could save!

If your family make two or more trips a year, annual travel insurance can often be much more cost effective.

You can chose from European or Worldwide cover that includes America, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand.

Our choice of cover allows you to tailor the level of cover your policy provides to meet your family's needs.

Travel Insurance

Health Insurance Card

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows you to access state-provided healthcare in all European Economic Area countries and Switzerland at a reduced cost or sometimes free of charge. For more information please click HERE!

Travel Fashion

Fashion this year has taken a turn for thrifty. Thrifty just means spending your money wisely. Basically not going out shopping and blowing all your money on the first thing you see. A good example of this year's fashion is vintage chic coinciding with thrifty. It has become rather successful this year with people all over the country trying to find cheap but unique clothing.

Travel Fashion

Guide Books

Get a good guide book for your holiday destination before you leave and make some plans before you get to your destination. It will also give you an idea of any local laws and customs you should be aware of. Guide Books are also excellent as tour guides giving you the best examples of places to visit. Guide books also include maps, very handy if you ever become lost on a road trip.

Guide Books

Smart phone – WARNING

Your Smart Phone is constantly downloading information to update your apps, information and location. Although this may work fine within this country, once you are aboard your phone then has to download new information for where you are. This wouldn't be a problem if your phone used a local internet network, but it doesn't. Your phones information gets sent to the local network which in turn, sends it back to your network in the UK. In simple terms your phone is now constantly downloading information using a network that could be on the other side of the world. This can become costly, with some people returning home after their holiday to find a mobile phone bill with costs up to £4,000!

We suggest that you switch your smart phone to flight mode when going aboard. This way you can still use the phone to take photos or play games but the internet and network connection in completely cut off. Also if ever an emergency occurred on holiday you can turn your phone off flight mode for five minutes to check emails and texts or make a quick phone call. But remember to switch it back again once finished.

Alternatively you can purchase international Sim-cards before travelling. They work that same as normal Sim-cards, however their designed to work with local networks in your surroundings. That way you avoid large bills once home. For more information on international Sim-Cards click HERE!

Don't forgot about your pets

Try to make plans for your pets in plenty of time. Kennels and Catteries can get booked up very quickly, so reserve a place as soon as possible

Holiday packing checklist

  • Electricals – Hair dryer / Mp3 player and docking station / Headphones / Mobile Phone / Camera / Video Camera / Batteries / Chargers
  • Toiletries – Antibacterial Wipes / Body Lotion / Sun Cream / After Sun / Comb and Brush / Deodorant / Small First Aid Kit / Insect Repellent / Makeup / Prescription / Razors / Tooth Paste and Brush / Shower Gels
  • Accessories – Sunglasses / Lenses or Glasses if necessary / Flip Flops / Sandals
  • Clothes
  • Miscellaneous – Traveller's checks / Money / Printouts of Reservations, Travel Insurance Certificate / Health Insurance Card / Travel Journal / Maps/ Guide Book / Snacks / Addresses of friends and family for postcards
Holiday packing checklist

At the airport

TIP: Remember to always arrive at least two hours before your scheduled flight. This gives you enough time to hand over your luggage and check in. The last thing you want is to miss your flight!

Leaving your home

Remember NEVER to promote your holiday on social media sites. It's fine to tell everyone once your back, but if you're telling 350 Facebook friends you can't wait to go on holiday for two weeks tomorrow then you are promoting the fact your house will be empty. You might trust your friends but many people you don't know so well could also see your profile.

Asking your neighbours to keep an eye on your home is always a good idea. Ask someone to open/close your curtains and put some lights on at night. Consider using time switches on radios or lights to automatically turn them on and off.

Ensure all windows are locked, as well as doors, sheds and garages. If you have a burglar alarm, make sure you set it before leaving. If possible, leave contact details of friends or family with your neighbours should they need to contact someone.

Make sure your home insurance is up to date, if not get an instant quote online from One Call HERE!

Leaving your home

Enjoy your holiday

Last of all, One Call Insurance hope you enjoy your holiday no matter where you're headed for.

Leaving your home
Leaving your home
Leaving your home

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Travel Insurance benefits include:

Family Cover

Annual Cover with Unlimited Trips

Cancellation Cover

Emergency Medical Expenses

Emergency Dental Treatment

Hospital Benefits

24 Hour Medical Emergency Service

Personal Accident Cover up to £50,000

Personal Liability Cover up to £2,000,000

Delayed Baggage

Travel Delay

Holiday Abandonment

Missed Departure

Legal Expenses

Optional Natural Catastrophe Cover

Optional Airline Failure/End Supplier Failure

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