The Ultimate Student Holiday Survival GuideBy HolidaySafe.co.uk
If you’re heading abroad this summer, then safety is probably the last thing on your mind. We’ve created the ultimate holiday survival guide for students, to help you avoid travel disasters and have the best trip ever.
Do your research
Research is key to achieving the perfect holiday. It will show you the best locations, the destinations you can afford, how much spending money you should bring and the type of activities and amenities available.
During your research stage, make sure you discuss what you and your travelling companions actually want from the holiday, so you can ensure your destination of choice meets everyone’s needs (this will avoid fall outs further down the line!)
Use independent review sites, forums and blogs to get feedback from real travellers on their experiences – this will give you a much clearer idea of what to expect and where to spend your money.
Know your limits
Most people will enjoy a drink or two whilst relaxing on holiday, but you need to ensure that you know your limits. Measures of alcohol tend to be higher in European holiday destinations, and this teamed with the heat can mean you get drunk and dehydrated very quickly.
Travel insurance will not cover you if you get so drunk that you end up injuring yourself, so make sure you stay hydrated, drink responsibly, and don’t put yourself in any unnecessary danger.
Protect your possessions
Lost, stolen or damaged possessions can be a total nightmare abroad, so you need to look after your stuff. Make sure you leave any valuables, including your passport, spare cash and gadgets, in a locked safe, or at least hidden away in your accommodation. (Do not keep all of your cash in one place, otherwise you won’t have any reserve if you become a victim of theft).
Most people will bring phones, iPods and cameras to the beach, but you need to ensure you don’t all disappear into the sea and leave them unattended (because travel insurance won’t provide cover if they’re stolen). Keep an eye on your possessions at all times.
‘Bum bags’ have come back in a big way and, as well as actually being fashionable again, are a great way to keep your valuables safe whilst on your person. Unlike back pockets or handbags, they are very difficult for thieves to target, so it is definitely worth investing in one.
Invest in quality travel insurance
Travel insurance should be an essential part of your holiday planning, and should be added to your budget from the very beginning. Shop around, and make sure you invest in a quality policy rather than the cheapest insurance going.
Check things like; cover for lost, stolen or damaged personal possessions and gadgets, medical emergencies (of a minimum of £2 million when in Europe and £5 million for worldwide travel) and cancelation, to ensure the limits will actually cover the stuff you’re taking and the pre-paid costs of your holiday.
Don’t forget to register for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) when travelling in Europe - it’s the perfect partner for travel insurance and should entitle you to the same health care as a local.
For more information on specialist student travel insurance, which can step in if you face a holiday disaster like cancellation due to exam re-sits, visit Holidaysafe.co.uk or call us on 0845 658 0570 for a free quote. To stay up to date with our top tips and advice, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.