Top Tips to Travel in 2022

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Staycations are a thing of the past for many and it’s exciting to think we are now able to soak up the sun in our favourite holiday destination once again.

However, the prospect of going on holiday certainly doesn’t come without strategic planning and preparation in post-pandemic times.

These handy and helpful tips are sure to make your Summer 2022 holiday experience run a little smoother.

You can never be TOO well-informed

Research, research, research!

It's safe to say almost everyone has heard at least one horror story relating to passport delays, vaccine certificates and travel disruptions, so let’s make sure you don’t have a sad story to tell.

The validity of your passport really depends on the country you plan to visit. For example if you are hoping to jet off to sunny Spain, your passport issue date will need to be less than 10 years ago and expire at least three months after the day you plan to return home.

Please check your passport BEFORE booking your holiday. For up to date rules and passport advice please visit Here you will find recent and accurate travel guidance for the country of your choice.

Most countries still have some COVID restrictions in place however, many of these do not apply to travel. Countries such as Portugal, Italy and Greece no longer have any travel restrictions in place including no mask requirement unless you plan to use public transport. However, these rules can change overnight. Don't get caught out!

Ultimately, the key to being well equipped and organised is careful preparation. Government websites & travel agents can offer accurate guidelines. Social media forums are also a clever way to get some answers from recent travellers.

Stay safe & be responsible

As a visitor to another country, it is imperative that you behave in a way you’d expect others to. For example, if travel restrictions are in place, it is important that you abide by these as much as possible. If you begin to feel unwell or develop symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness, isolate yourself from others and seek medical attention if required. Contact your travel provider to inform them, that way you can make the necessary plans for the remainder of your trip.

If you have any underlying medical conditions or are worried about your health and travelling, please do make sure you have the correct travel insurance in place in case of emergencies. Some policies do not include cover for specific conditions, so research the best one for you!

It's also important to note that certain travel insurance providers do not cover Coronavirus related issues including costs for hospital treatment or flight and hotel expenses. Although it may cost more for this cover to be added to your policy, it's a small price to pay for peace of mind.

Planning & preparation

When it comes to planning your trip, you may be a little out of practice. Leaving everything to the last minute is certainly not the way to travel in 2022, it’s all about organisation these days.

Holidays are noticeably more expensive as hotels and flight operators get back on their feet therefore, this is the year to do a little shopping around. If we’ve learnt anything from the holiday refund chaos in 2020, it’s that reliable and trusted travel agents and providers are the ONLY way to book your holiday. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Once you’ve used an approved agent to book your holiday, you need to arrange your carpark, dog sitter, transfers, meal plan... to name just a few things.

Please be aware that these need to be booked (and usually paid for) in advance. Remember, this is the first year many of us will be venturing away from home so spaces are filling up fast! Don’t be disappointed if you leave this too late, you have been warned!

Although life seems to be returning to normal (whatever that is), there are many industries still recovering from the pandemic - travel being one of them. For example, staff shortage is playing a major role in flight delays and cancellations. This is why we recommend doing your research before committing to your Summer holiday. Use only approved travel providers, purchase travel insurance from a reputable source and check all restrictions and requirements in place. It will be worth it! Once you feel that gust of hot air stepping off the aircraft, your holiday can begin! Put your feet up and enjoy it, it’s been a long time coming!

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