10 tips for stress-free travel

Where are you jetting off to this year? As the summer approaches, and with it the start of the holiday high season, we’re sharing some stress-free travel tips to help you make the most of your time away.

1. Shop around for the best deal

The price of a holiday varies considerably throughout the year, so if you’re on a budget, it’s worth shopping around and putting in different dates to see how much you could save. Some destinations are popular all year round, while others have high and low seasons that vary enormously in price. Booking at the last minute can often mean hikes in air fares, too.

2. Pack a capsule wardrobe

Tempting though it can be to take your whole wardrobe with you, you’ll find yourself exceeding airline luggage limits as well as having too much to lug around with you. A travel capsule wardrobe is the answer, and there are loads of great guides out there, like this one.

3. Take plenty of charge

Pack a portable phone charger and/or camera battery depending on what you’ll use most for taking photographs.

4. Small change

When you exchange currency for your trip, ask for it in smaller denominations. Some restaurants and smaller shops won’t accept a €50 note, for example.

5. Research and book a few things to do

One of the great things about being on holiday is that you can be spontaneous, but at the same time, you don’t want to miss out on seeing anything important. Do a bit of research before you go to find out the top things to do in your destination, as you might find you can save time and money by booking tickets online in advance.

6. Don’t stay in bed too long

You’re on holiday and that means rest, but if you spend too long in bed each day, you’ll lose precious hours when you could be exploring. Getting up early may seem a challenge at the time, but you’ll be rewarded with a quieter experience of top attractions (and in summer, you’ll avoid the worst of the heat).

7. Treat yourself

This is your holiday and you might not come back to this destination, so treat yourself! If there’s an experience you want to have – whether it’s dining at a famous restaurant or swimming with dolphins – then treat yourself to it. In the long run, you’re more likely to regret not doing it.

8. Walk or hire bikes

You’ll see more of your destination by walking or cycling to places than you would driving or taking an underground train.

9. Don’t stay glued to your map

Sometimes, the best discoveries you make are the ones you make by accident, so don’t stick too religiously to your map. Allow yourself to wander off course and you never know what you might find around the corner.

10. Take out travel insurance

We all want our holidays to go off without a hitch, but sometimes the unexpected happens. You might trip on a cobbled street or have to come home early due to a family crisis, for example. Travel insurance is there to help you cover the costs of any unforeseen mishaps or things going wrong, so take a look at our travel insurance page to find out more.