Travel Tips

Choosing your Holiday

Choose a guided tour package. It’s the best way to travel because all the details are pre-planned for you. This is especially important if you are not interested in researching destinations yourself.

For pre-planners, take some time to create a whole itinerary according to some research done on the destination you will be visiting. Pay special attention to the weather, festivals, and political climate when you are preparing an itinerary. This provides alternatives for back up plans in case of unexpected travel complications.

For budget traveler; plan with flight, passport, ground arrangements, meals, visa, transport, shopping and extra cash for an emergency.

Prep Work for Travel

Include rest days before and after your travel this for coping with exhaustion or jet lag in case you’re flying. Also, make sure travel documents are check listed 3-4 working days before the departure date to ensure any last minute changes can still be accommodated.

As for packing, pack what you need taking into consideration the shopping you plan to do at your future holiday destination. If you’re traveling with family and kids, ensure the needs of the elders and children are listed and packed to avoid anxiety or outbursts.

Most essentially, inform your close family/friends of your travel. It would be good to organize for house/ pet sitting while you’re away. Lastly, call your bank and inform them of your travel, therefore, there will be a large number of withdrawals with the debit or credit card.

Medical Requirements

Be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. Latest updates on vaccinations can be obtained from your local clinic or hospital. If you are traveling to Tanzania Yellow Fever card will be required.

Visa Requirements

Take note on visa requirements for certain countries which may change from time to time. It is suitable to check with your travel agent or directly with the destination country’s Embassy or High Commission before booking a holiday.

Travel Insurance

Decide on the type of protection/coverage you wish travel insurance to covers. Some of the coverage to expect during travel  is as below:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Travel Delay
  • Loss of Travel Documents
  • Loss of Luggage & Personal Effect
  • Baggage Delay
  • Missed Departure
  • Personal Accident
  • Flight Overbooked
  • Loss of Money/ Valuables
  • Hijack Inconvenience
  • Travel Cancellation

….and other types of coverage as well.

Here are other examples that might NOT be covered in travel insurance:

  • Declared or undeclared any act of war, an act of a foreign enemy, invasion, and other war terms
  • Loss or demolition of belongings due to radiation
  • Self-harm /Suicide / or any intentional acts by the insured person that trigger homicide or assault personnel or military personnel of any country or international authority, whether full-time service or as a volunteer
  • The Insured client engaging in, practicing for or taking part in training in any speed contest, sports, or any professional competition and participating in Hazardous adventure

For more information on the inclusions & exclusions of travel insurance coverage, contact your insurance agent.

On your Travel Day

Make a list of the things that you will need to bring along- passport, tickets, and luggage. Mark all your bags inside and out with your address and name – both your home address and your holiday address. Weigh your bags to make sure you don’t exceed the baggage requirements of the airline,(just to be on the safe side).

Travel insurance is a must, so do consider getting one because you do not have to worry if your bags are lost or if your flight has been canceled or even if your wallet and passport is stolen. It is always best to get yourself and your family covered as accidents do happen when traveling.

Probably you might be aware that can travel with hand-luggage only; In this case, it is important to take into consideration the airline rules for carrying liquids; else you may have to remove them at the security checkpoint! For handling jet lags, stay hydrated by drinking lots of pure water during the flight. Avoid coffee and tea and.

Flights/Airport Remainder

Collect needed documents before your flight as you are responsible to present as required, documents by the relevant authorities at all entry and exit checkpoints, health and other documents required by l order, requirements or demands of the home country and the country you are traveling to.

Self-check-in is free, quick and simple! This will save you time at the airport! Else, counter check-in opens 3 hours before the departure time and closes 1 hour before the scheduled departure time.

Note: Check-in deadlines may differ at different airports and for particular flights. The airport has long lines due to complex security orders. We advise that you check-in early and proceed instantly to the departure gate or you may risk being left behind in security.

For, baggage drop counter, it opens 3 hours before departure time and closes 45 minutes departure. You should hold a boarding pass to use baggage drop counters.

For boarding time, guests should be at the boarding gate at least 20 minutes prior to the scheduled time of departure or boarding will be denied.

On Holiday

Inform your close relatives/ friends about your safe arrival and keep them updated of your whereabouts in case you are moving in different locations. Always lock your luggage when leaving them at the hotel. Carry your passport and make sure to not carry excessive cash that attracts attention. If you are taking a self-drive holiday, collect a car from the airport and get a GPS.

In case you want to try something local, ensure it is recommended from a reliable source. To make life easier, get a local map and identify the tourist info centers. Additionally, avoid walking alone at night or in dark areas and be cautious with pickpockets who work by distracting you. Also, when driving, abide by the local traffic rules and avoid the night drives.

Before your return flight, confirm your flight details in case of cancellations or delays. It is best to make sure that you have all necessary travel documents easily accessible for check-ins. always plan your packing and avoid last-minute shopping that cannot fit your luggage. Keep track of the luggage policy of the country of you are in mind.

Remember to remind your close family/friends of your return and make appointments for an airport pick up. Keep track of all your treasures and make sure that they are in your hand- wallet, Watch, camera, passport, jewelry.

Last but not least be at the airport (or 2-3 hours in some countries) earlier so as avoid missing the flight.