For engaged couples planning their stag and hen parties, it is becoming increasingly popular to venture overseas for a city break or a few days in the sun.
It is important to stay safe so that everyone makes it back in one piece for the wedding. Here are a few tips to bear in mind so that your trip remains carefree:
Remember Your Travel Insurance
Make sure you have valid travel insurance, even if you’re only going away for the weekend. Everyone in your party should have this including cover for any extreme sports or activities planned.
For more information, please see my previous blog: Top Tips For Buying Travel Insurance
For European Trips, Take an EHIC Card
If you’re heading for a weekend away in Europe, make sure you have obtained your free EHIC card. If you are injured in an accident abroad, finding that you’re getting charged for hospital treatment when you thought you were covered makes a bad situation worse. Making sure that you understand your EHIC card before you fly could save you a lot of stress if you are injured overseas.
See: Understanding How Your EHIC Card Works in a Holiday Accident for more details.
Familiarise Yourself With Local Laws
If you’ve never been to your destination before, it’s a good idea to visit the Foreign and Commonwealth office website before you go to read up on the laws and customs of the place you are visiting. For example, some countries have strict guidelines about being drunk in public places and disorderly behaviour.
Importantly, if you’re planning on driving whilst abroad, it’s a good idea to find out what you need to know.
Make sure your licence is current and valid and you are aware of the driving laws. A lot of countries drive on the right hand side of the road and have various different legal requirements. For example in France you must carry a hazard warning triangle which should be placed at a suitable distance behind the vehicle in the event of an accident or breakdown. Also all cars are required by law to carry a high-visibility waistcoat and breathalyser kit.
How different can the driving laws really be in other parts of the world? Find out by reading our previous blog: Weird and Wonderful Traffic Laws Around the World
Last but not least, plan ahead. Research the area where you are staying and ensure you book travel for all members of the party so that no-one is left behind. Only use registered taxis and don’t walk around in an unfamiliar area on your own especially at night.
Make sure you have enough money to plan for any emergencies. Make photocopies of your passport, visas and insurance details and leave a copy with a relative or friend at home.
Sarah Moore is a personal injury litigation executive specialising in holiday compensation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers offer a free consultation for people injured in an accident on holiday, or injured while travelling or working outside the UK.
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