How to plan for a happy holiday
With a new year upon us, now is the time to start thinking about booking your summer holiday or late ski break for 2014.
To give you a helping hand, Which? has put together a handy list of top tips that, if followed, will ensure your trip runs as smoothly as possible.
An “essential” item to remember when making holiday plans is travel insurance, the consumer group says, as “it will provide you with financial protection should unexpected events occur while you’re away”.
Key policy details to look out for, notes Which?, include compensation for cancelling or cutting short a holiday due to an emergency, insurance for your belongings in the event they are lost or stolen and cover for your medical expenses should you become injured or sick while you are away.
One of the ways of reducing the need to make a claim on your insurance is by travelling with a reliable airline that will make sure you and your belongings arrive in your destination on time and well looked after.
Two of the long-haul airlines recommended by Which? are Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines, which jointly topped its recent airlines survey with a score of 87% for customer satisfaction.
Another way to take the stress out of travelling is by purchasing a decent set of luggage. Which? recommends choosing pieces that suit your body frame (check the height of the handle) and are easy to lift and manoeuvre.
As for the holiday itself, why not take a look at Which?’s holiday companies survey to scope out the best accommodation providers, who will ensure your in-resort experience is a pleasant one.
Of course, there are no guarantees for how successful your trip is going to be no matter which company you book with, but as long as you’ve got travel insurance in place, you can relax safe in the knowledge that your investment is protected should anything go wrong.