Tips and Tricks for a Summer Vacation

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When the days get hot and school is out, there is no better time to go on a vacation. That said, you might end up in a giant nightmare if you don’t plan for it correctly. The tips you’ll find below will help your summer vacation turn into a once in a lifetime adventure you’ll never forget!

Depending on where you plan to go, immunizations may be in order. Talk to your doctor and explain to him where you want to visit and he will be able to tell you which immunizations, if any, are prudent. If you end up coming back with hepatitis C or malaria, your trip will be nothing more but the start of a long suffering once you get home.

Find your passport today and be sure it is up to date and won’t expire while you are on your trip. There is nothing worse than expecting that your passport is fine, only to find out at the last minute that it isn’t. Having this in order early is key as the passport office often backs up when the summer approaches. In fact, you should check your passport once a year in the fall to ensure it is always up to date, just in case you need to travel on short notice, such as to a funeral or wedding.

Call your insurance company to find out what your current health and homeowners’ insurance policies cover, and then ask for additional insurance to cover your trip. While loss of luggage or some medical expenses may fall under your current policy, most won’t, so travel insurance can save you when the worst occurs. Even if you don’t invest in cancellation, delay and property coverage, at least pay for additional medical coverage which includes medical evacuations so you can be repatriated for care.

Do your research when it comes to weather in the destination. While it may be the hot days of summer here, if you plan to visit the southern hemisphere, it will actually be winter. While lower elevations may be hot, higher elevations could be colder. Heaven forbid it is hurricane season and you are headed to Bermuda! Check out what sort of temperatures you should expect, and what the weather is typically like, before you book your trip. Try to aim for a dry, warm season instead of a rainy season or the peak temperature time.

Be sure to research any local laws which apply to wherever you are going. Just Google “(location) laws tourists” and you’ll find articles which explain rules which will be foreign to visitors. From what you are allowed to wear to whether or not you can drive, you need to know what you can and cannot do before you arrive.

Now that you know what steps to take as you plan, you’ll be better prepared for the vacation ahead. Be sure to plan your trip well ahead of time so you aren’t in a rush to get the job done. The more prepared you are, the better able you will be to enjoy your trip.

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