Allways Allow for Hidden Expenses
Each country will charge varying fees for airport taxes, entry fees and other government taxes and these can change
at any time.
You will need to get the latest information on these charges to ensure that you have the correct information
as it will affect your budget and that determines what you will be able to spend while away on holiday.
events such as increased security measures might make airports raise their charges overnight and these additional expenses
can be enough to cause financial difficulties if you have already extended yourself to make your journey.
exchange rates changing all the time even they can have a substantial affect on what you can afford when it comes time to
If you are unsure of what the exchange rate will be when you are due to travel it might be better to buy
currency well before your holiday so you have a definite amount you can budget with.
Unless you have experience
with foreign exchange it is not wise to assume that the rate will work in your favor come travel time.
the relevant government embassies and make sure that you have ticked off all the necessary documentation that you will be
needing well in advance of your departure as there are often delays in getting documentation ready on time and that can delay
your departure and mess up your travel plans completely.
It can also add unwanted expenditure to your holiday if
you have to make last minute changes.
You should also find out whether you need any special documents to allow
you to drive a motor vehicle in the country you are visiting as you might decide that a rental vehicle will give you the opportunity
to have a more fulfilling holiday.
You should always allow yourself the option to make changes while away on holiday
and not be fixed with what you can do because of the decisions you make before you leave.
Consider the climate you
will be in when you get to your destination and be well prepared to make the most of it.
It might be very exciting
to know that you will be traveling to some tropical location where there will be lovely hot sunny weather all day. You might
be having dreams of relaxing on the beach all day but you also need to consider other factors that come with such conditions.
Will you have enough sunscreen to last you all holiday? If you run out will there be places there to buy more and
if so how much will it cost you to buy. If there aren't any places to get more sunscreen does that mean you will have to stay
inside for the duration of the holiday?
Will you remember to pack a sun hat and a suitable sun cover? And what
happens at night time where the temperatures can plummet in many places and get quite cold. Talk to people who have been to
these places and ask them these questions. Most people are only concerned with the weather in the day and forget to ask about
Have you thought about mosquitos and other insects that might be a problem? Will you need to take insect
repellants to help you get some sleep at night or to ensure you don't get any skin rashes?
Will you need clothing
that covers most of your body (long sleeves and trouser legs) to stop insects biting you?
Do you need suitable
shoes to walk on the coral so you don't get cuts and infections?
These are all questions that you need to ask yourself
and others when planning and packing your bags.
The decisions you make can be the difference between getting the
most from your travels and not enjoying the experience as you should.
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