Heading away this winter?

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Escaping the cold and gloom for a spot of winter sun and fun is certainly one of the better ideas the travel world came up with, however like most things in life, there is a downside, and it’s important to prepare for the unexpected, especially where our hard-earned holiday plans are concerned.

There’s no denying that any kind of travel during the winter months is playing with uncertainty as far as the weather is concerned. 99% of the time there are no problems, but like Sod’s law at its best, the day you’re due to go away? Snow is forecast!winter3

I don’t want to paint a grim picture, because let’s face it, most of the time you’ll be jetting away without a care in the world, but putting a few precautions into the mix doesn’t hurt to help jump over any potential snow blocks, should the event present itself.

A good way to be informed of any potential problems is to head online pre-flight and track your particular flight. I did this recently in the days leading up to my departure, logging onto the EasyJet flight tracker and checking what was happening with my precious big bird in the sky. There was nothing to worry about, and I left the house with a spring in my step, and my worries evaporated. Peace of mind is invaluable.

It’s always a good idea to book your travel insurance policy at the same time you book your holiday, to give you cancellation insurance should you need it. Obviously you should always check the small print on your particular policy for the limitations according to that particular company, but insurance gives peace of mind, and like we covered in the paragraph before, no money can buy it!

I regularly buy annual multi trip insurance, because I find this much easier, not having to remember to buy a single trip policy every single time I go away. If you decide to go away spontaneously, at the last minute, then the chances are that remembering to book insurance will be slim, simply because you’re so taken with the fun you’re going to have, the sensible things go out of the window! Obviously check that the places you’re going to fit into the company’s limitations, but booking a policy of this sort takes away that one extra thing to remember.

Covering all bases and angles means your holiday will run smoother as a result, and these are things that take so little time too. The weather need not hit your holiday where it hurts, and before you know it you’ll be winging your way to somewhere far away from the gloom.

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