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Travelling 101 - Essential Info

You've picked your dream trip, you've planned your perfect airport outfit, your hands are poised over the fake tan...but there's still a few things to think about...

Do you need a visa? How will you carry money? Have you sorted your travel insurance? Who will you call if there's an emergency?

Well don't fret. We like to take the stress out of planning the trip of a lifetime, so we've put together a quick guide to the essential admin and paperwork you might need to look at before you travel. Here's a few things to think about in advance of your holiday...

Get expert advice

If you’re looking for advice about your trip – and on travelling in general - the best place to start is with the Real Travelling team!

Not only do we know each of our programmes inside out (temperatures, transfers, timings, etc), but we’re also experienced travellers so we can give you seasoned advice on what sort of trip might suit you, how to make your money stretch, and whether or not you’ll really need those hair straighteners ;)

We’ve all had our fair share of scrapes, worries and last-minute packing panics over the years, so feel free to pick our brains on our Live Chat (click on the cheeky face bottom right of your screen!)

Visas and international travel news

We always recommend that you check The Foreign and Commonwealth Office website well in advance of departure in case you need to apply for a visa. The website has essential information for UK citizens about visiting and travelling in different countries, so make sure you check this as early as possible Click here to go to the FCO page.

Many countries require that you get a visa in advance of travel, whereas other destinations will issue you with a visa on arrival at the airport or land border. If you intend to do paid work aboard abroad, then you will usually be required to get a work visa in place before you leave the UK. Working visa regulations vary, so please check individual country visa information or our individual work abroad programmes for details.

In order to get a visa, please make sure that your passport has plenty of blank pages and that it is valid for at least six months after your intended date of return.

Insurance

Should something go wrong on your trip – lost money, cancelled flights, medical emergency – your travel insurance could literally be a lifesaver. It’s so important to find the right cover for your trip, so you can travel worry-free. In fact, we don't send anyone on our trips without travel insurance, so get it sorted in good time. We have our own worldwide travel insurance policy designed specifically for adventure travellers on short or long breaks. Take a look, and ask our advisors for more information when booking your trip.

Emergencies

The personal and financial security of our customers is of the highest priority to us, which is why we run our own risk assessments on all of our programmes and have a 24/7 emergency helpline in place just in case any accidents do occur on your trip. Our operations team will ensure you have all the essential contact details and information you need before you travel.

Flights

Once you have decided where you want to go, what activities you want to do and how long you want to go for, you'll now want to secure the best deals on flights to keep your trip on budget! And we can help you with that.

To find a great deal on plane tickets, give Real Flights a call and get the best bargains. As experts on all of Real Travelling's programmes, the Real Flights team will support you to make sure you are landing into the right place at the right time. Call Real Flights on 01892 277 037 or email [email protected]

Money

The golden rule? A little forward planning goes a long way when it comes to making your cash last on your trip. Here are our top tips:

  • Budget carefully – think about all your expenses in advance (equipment, Visas, malaria tablets, local cost of food and drink), and stick to a daily budget
  • Keep an eye on exchange rates, and make sure you’re not paying over the odds for local products with cash or card
  • Haggle (where appropriate) – if the country you are visiting welcomes haggling, don’t be afraid to (politely) try for a better price at markets
  • Watch out for high credit or debit card fees – a pre-paid currency card such as Caxtons can save you a lot on transaction fees and charges
  • Tell your bank you are travelling – you don’t want your bank to panic and freeze your card out of the blue
  • Keep an emergency fund - just in case you lose your wallet or if you accidentally blow your daily budget on harem trousers...

Happy travels! If you have more questions, visit our FAQs page or talk to one of our advisors at any time

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