Travelling overseas during the festive season can be stressful because it tends to be one of the busiest periods of the year. Here are tips to survive the peak season
Travelling during year-end peak time can be quite expensive but if you plan ahead you can save a lot. Money is an important factor to take into consideration before you travel, it’s important to have a clear idea of how much the entire trip with will cost. The best way to do this is by creating a budget in relation to the currency of the country you will be visiting.
Peak season is a very busy time and we all worry about unexpected expenses, but with some forward planning, holidaying overseas is not only possible but can be cost-effective and easy to achieve.
Here are some tips for traveling overseas during peak period:
Opt for package deals
Whether you are traveling as a family or a group of friends, consider the possibility of travel packages that are inclusive of flights, accommodation, and car rental. The benefit of this option is that you pay a single price, which is often cheaper than paying for each item individually.
Always leave early
Whether you are traveling to the airport or have activities planned, allocate an extra hour to your schedule to accommodate delays. Airports and holiday destinations are typically crowded during peak season and to avoid spending time queuing, rather leave early. If for example, you plan to attend a music concert consider the option of buying tickets online instead of over the counter.
Always inform your bank about your traveling plans, this is to ensure that, where required, you obtain the necessary authorisation to transact overseas with your bank cards. For seamless transacting while overseas you can apply for a Multi-Currency Cash PassportTM. The Cash Passport can be loaded with the following major currencies: US Dollar, British Pound, Australian Dollar and Euro and it allows you to transact and make cash withdrawals while traveling.
The risk of traveling without travel insurance is that should anything happen, you would need to cover the cost of the emergency from your own pocket in foreign currency. So make sure you consider having travel insurance.
How do you prepare for traveling overseas during peak season?
Words: Anthony Grant, CEO of FNB Foreign Exchange
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