Thoughts before you Start
Breakaway's Travel Lounge is your first stop on the way to a perfect holiday. Here you will find all those little extras that go to making your holiday just that little bit better.
Organise your documents
Make sure you have an up to date passport, that will be up to date for the duration of your trip. Check visa requirements for the country you are travelling to. Some countries require that you arrange a visa before you leave home, while others will grant a tourist visa when you land! Make sure you have a suitable travel insurance organised.
Prices, which can be competitive with standard hotel rooms and also have assorted discounts, are a key factor. So is location, such as whether the property is in the central business district, on the outskirts of a city, or near a major sightseeing attraction. But other values can also come into play.
Get any vaccinations you might need
Make an appointment with your doctor to check what vaccinations you need or any medicine you should take with you. Common ones to look out for are Typhoid, Malaria and Hepatitis not the kind of things you want as souvenirs!
Stay in touch
Take an address book with you, with all the important contacts in it. Check on any foreign phone codes and write them in your address book. Before you start your trip, make sure you let people know that you will be away and how they can contact you while you're away. If you don't have an email address that you can check on the road, you can set up one with plenty of free storage space at Google or Yahoo and keep an online diary of your travels.
Look after the home front
Unfortunately, while you're away, there are often still things that need to be looked after back home. Make sure you have arrangements in place for someone to look after your bills, plants and mail. If you are going to be leaving a house empty, consider finding someone to house-sit for you while you're away.
A Few Holiday Tips
Whether you are jetting off for a bargain break in Spain, a weekend away in Paris or a long trek further a field to the Brazilian Rainforests - our travel tips will ensure you can enjoy the journey with peace of mind.
One - E-mail yourself: Before you go always e-mail yourself a copy of all the important information, airline numbers, credit card phone numbers, passport and driving licence numbers. That way if your documents or wallet is lost or stolen, all you need to do is log on to access all your details.
Two - Watch your wallet: When travelling abroad carry your wallet in the front left pocket. Most people are right handed, so pick pockets will tend to direct their activities to the right pocket.
Three - Calm car journeys: Don't fight over the radio station in the car. Take your own personal radio. They are inexpensive and will mean that you can listen to whatever station, tape or CD that you want without interruption.
Four - Colour you cases: Another handy way of finding your luggage on the carrousel is to tie a bright coloured ribbon on the handles of the bags. If everyone in the family has the same suitcase you can all have your own colour, which also makes things easier at hotels.
Five - Protect your photos: To safeguard your holiday snaps take a photograph of your address on the first frame, then if they go astray you have the best chance of getting them back.
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