With the British Airways strikes and the Eyjafjallajökull ash cloud earlier in the year, I have to admit that I was concerned about the possibility of my trip being cancelled. I spent a while reading through our ‘what does your travel insurance really cover?’ story before I bought my cover and had a good look at the policy summary too, to make sure I knew exactly what I was getting. I also opted for annual cover rather than single trip, after our comparison showed me I could get a whole year’s cover for about twice the price for a single week.
I’ve never been very organised when it comes to travel money – in the past I’ve committed the cardinal sin of leaving it to the last minute and changing money at the airport, and feeling short-changed because of the uncompetitive rates. This time around, for convenience and safety, I’ve opted for a prepaid card from FairFX (which I got free, thanks to a special offer from uSwitch). You can use it just like you would a debit or credit card, but there’s no expensive ATM and foreign currency loading fees, just a small charge of 1.5% on transactions. I’ve got to give them credit for their customer service too – my PIN didn’t turn up when I expected, and they replied to my email and sorted the problem out in less than an hour.
The one thing I couldn’t forget was my mobile phone (not after some of the horror stories I’ve heard about people coming home to massive phone bills) – I got onto Orange and bought a £5 bundle for calls (so I get discounted rates on calls and texts, and will receive calls for free) and a 10MB data bundle for £12 too (mainly so I can get directions and maps on my phone!).
What’s on your holiday checklist?