The holiday season is upon us and many Australians are going to head out for a holiday. But before you pack up the kids and load your luggage into your car, or onto an airplane, train or bus, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- Take out comprehensive travel insurance and ensure it covers you for the places you plan to visit and the things you plan to do.
- Research whether you require any travel vaccinations or additional health precautions for the places you intend to visit.
- Look into travel money cards, foreign currency transaction options, and other options that may reduce the exorbitant costs of accessing your money overseas.
- Avoid bill shock by familiarising yourself with the fees and charges for global roaming with your mobile phone provider, and look into alternatives if the prices are steep.
- If you're going overseas, check the Australian government's latest travel advice for your destination. Be aware of the risk warnings for your destination and the political stability of the country.
- Let family members know you are going away for a holiday, and if going overseas consider registering your travel plans and contact details before you go away, so that the government is aware of where you are and how to reach you should a problem arise in your travel destination.
- Check your passport has at least six months' validity from the time of return to Australia. If it does not, your passport will not be valid for departure from Australia.
- Make sure you have the right visas for the countries you are visiting - some countries may even require a transit visa for transferring through their airports. Make copies of your passport details, insurance policy, visas and credit card numbers. Carry these copies in a separate place to the originals and leave another copy in Australia with family or friends.
- Familiarise yourself with the laws of the countries you are visiting and remember that when you are overseas you are subject to the laws and penalties of those countries.
- Check to see if you're regarded as a national of the country you plan to visit, and whether dual nationality will have any implications (such as conscription) for your travel plans.