Top 5 travel tips

As the holiday season creeps up and Australia slowly opens its borders, travelling is back on the cards.

It’s been so long since many of us have been able to travel. It can feel a bit surreal to get out the travel planners, but don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Whether it’s a local holiday or an overseas trip, we’ve gathered a few of our top tips to keep in mind when it comes to planning your next holiday.

Stick to a budget

It’s a given that any holiday planning includes putting together a holiday budget and sticking to it. This is easier said than done.

One way to make the most out of your holiday on a budget is to look for free or low cost experiences. There’s plenty of free and affordable activities you can do in almost every holiday destination.

You could:

  • take a walk or bike ride through the city
  • swim at the beach
  • visit the local markets
  • visit free museums
  • hike a mountain or trail.

Take the time to be present and make the most of your experience in another location. Remember, it’s a holiday after all.

Preparing for the unexpected

Even though we can spend hours planning for a holiday, there is sometimes unexpected problems that come up during our travels.

It’s always worth having Travel Insurance1 on your trip to help cover anything that pops up.

Travel Insurance can help to you during situations such as:

  • natural disasters
  • unexpected cancellations
  • lost/stolen luggage
  • overseas medical costs if you get injured.

Most people will get Travel Insurance for international trips but domestic travel can be worth it too. It’s worth checking out your options to see what you might need cover for, depending on where you’re travelling.

Check for COVID-19 restrictions

As much as we don’t want to say it, this is currently one of the most important steps in planning a holiday.

Things are still a bit patchy across states and people are not sure exactly what rules apply where and for who.

Make sure you do your research. Check your home states travelling restrictions for leaving and coming back, as well as the state you are travelling to.

We all want our holiday’s to run as smoothly as possible.

Your checklist could include:

  • checking border and lockdown restrictions
  • getting your vaccination passport ready
  • understanding your quarantine requirements
  • packing extra masks and hand sanitiser.

Hopefully we don’t have to do these things for too much longer, but for now, it’s worth staying on top of what’s happening so it’s one less thing for you to worry about.

Be flexible

It’s been so long since many of us have been able to travel. It can feel a bit surreal to get out the travel planners, but don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Whether it’s a local holiday or an overseas trip, we’ve gathered a few of our top tips to keep in mind when it comes to planning your next holiday.

Don’t over plan every day of your holiday. After all, you’re there to relax!

You can discover new things that weren’t included in your original itinerary, you may even get some recommendations from locals of things to check out and try.

Sometimes the best experiences are spontaneous.

Don’t shy away from new experiences

We’ve spent a while in lockdown wondering when we would be able to do the things in life that we enjoy. Get the most out of your travels, by trying new things outside your comfort zone.

Most importantly, travelling is a time for you to switch off from your normal day-to-day lifestyle and enjoy taking a break. So make sure you leave the stress behind and enjoy your holiday.

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