Getting excited for your summer getaway? Be sure to check these off your list first

There is nothing more exciting than planning your summer holiday. From treating yourself to new clothes to hunting down the best local beaches, it’s fun to imagine the exciting and relaxing things you’re going to be doing during your well-deserved time off.

But there is also a serious side to holiday planning, one that you can’t ignore. This is the side that requires you to ensure everything is in order for a safe, healthy trip that’s also fun. To help you check these all-important factors off your list, we’ve listed the five questions you’ll need to answer before you travel.

How long will it take to travel?

Once you’ve got your holiday booked, you’ll need to have a clear idea of exactly how long it’s going to take to reach your destination. This will include things like flight times and duration if you are catching a plane or perhaps calculating the miles of your preferred route by car. Will you need a connecting flight or stopovers on your way? For those flying to far-flung destinations, you’ll also need to work out how you’re going to get to and from airports – whether it is by hire car or transfers.

What is the weather going to be like?

Not surprisingly, weather plays a key role in most of our holidays. Checking the weather will give you an idea of which clothes to pack and what activities to plan for. Looking like it’s going to be hot and sunny? Don’t forget to pack sun cream, sun hats and sunglasses. The weather is a particularly important factor in areas prone to monsoons or natural disasters like hurricanes. Make sure you’re not travelling during the peak risk season.

Who knows where you’re staying?

Of course, you need to have a clear idea of where you’re staying when planning your holiday, but you also need to make sure that your nearest and dearest are also in the loop. Find out the contact information of your destination before you leave – including address and phone number – and pass these details on to at least a couple of people at home. This means that, should something go wrong while you’re away, it’ll be a lot easier for friends and relatives to track you down.

Where are the local amenities and services?

You may have chosen your hotel or apartment because of its large pool, or close proximity to the beach, but there are other factors you’ll need to consider too. Where are the nearest shops, including food stores and pharmacies? Are there plenty of services nearby? Consider searching out local mechanics, hospitals, police stations and visitor information centres. Knowing the location of these places will give you a better idea of where to go in case of emergency.

Are vaccines necessary?

Many countries require you to get vaccines in order to enjoy a visit safely. As a general rule, the further afield you travel, the more likely you are to need vaccinations. With destinations like Indonesia becoming so popular in recent years, it’s vital to research what vaccinations are necessary for you and your family to enjoy your holiday in a safe and healthy way. If you’re thinking of travelling to South Asia, South East Asia, Africa or South America this summer, you should be especially wary of any necessary vaccines.

Contact Express Travel Clinic for expert advice and effective vaccinations. Give our team a call on 0208 993 58 89 or click here to book online today.