Be prepared to travel

It is the time of year when we are all looking to book our summer holiday and January is historically the Travel Agents busiest time. There has been a trend over the last few years of holidaymakers venturing further afield, although the European Union still remains the number one destination for the British, with Bulgaria taking the top spot.

The Foreign and Commonwealth office launched an on-going campaign in 2001 called ‘Know Before You Go’ (KBYG) with just over 500 travel industry partners to help Brits to stay safe and healthy abroad.

The campaign was launched to promote these key messages:

get comprehensive travel insurance, and read the small print

check the FCO’s country travel advice

research your destination – know the local laws and customs

research the health risk on the NHS travel health information page as soon as possible before travelling, and if necessary visit your GP

check your passport is valid and you have all necessary visas

make copies of important travel documents and/or store them online using a secure data storage site

tell someone where you are going and leave emergency contact details with them

take enough money and have access to emergency funds

Every year thousands of British travellers seriously regret not taking these simple steps.

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Author: Jeremy Edwards | February 18th, 2012

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