Wednesday 12 June 2013

Avoid the Holiday Nightmares

As the time approaches when you disappear on your annual vacation we decided to put together a list of 5 must-do activities ahead of the game.

1. Arrange a Decent Holiday Location - ok it sounds cheesey!, but just remember most people only get a few days vacation every year so it's go to count. If you don't have much time, go somewhere that has either been recommended to you or can be pre-determined using holiday destination information sites, like
2. Beware of Trouble - make sure before you travel there there are no wars or civil unrest where you are going. Apart from difficulties with travel insurance, you don't know what you are getting yourself into. A couple of years ago we flew to Bangkok 1 week after the military clampdown on the "yellow shirts". Whilst Thailand is a beautiful place, we were literally the only Western tourists there, and it seemed a mighty depressing place!
3. Stay Healthy! - make sure you get the proper vaccinations for the area you are travelling to. Don't leave it to chance as you never know what's lurking in the undergrowth.
4. Keep Your Cash! - try and avoid carrying loads of dosh around in your money belt a little bit is ok but large wads of wonga is just asking to be extracted from you. The majority of countries in the world have global bank ATMs ( sometimes in the weirdest of places!).
5. Hire a Decent Car! - you don't drive a wreck back home, so why leave it to chance until you arrive at your destination. By booking well in advance you will get the best value deals going. Make sure you hire something which is comfortable, affordable and not too far away from what you drive back home.

Malcolm McNeill is CEO of car rental website
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