Things to take into account before going on holiday


To those of you that have decided to visit Oxfordshire for your next holiday, congratulations. You’ll be spoiled for choice when you see all the amazing things to do and see in our quaint little county. However, before you get too excited for the wonderful trip in store, there are a few things that we recommend you keep in mind while planning your idyllic getaway:

Is your passport in date?

Don’t neglect to double check your password. We all do that thing where you put it somewhere ‘safe’ for a couple of years and just dig it out to take on holiday. Well, if it’s not valid then you’re probably not going to be going on holiday. You’ll probably be left at the airport, sobbing at the window and watching as your plane flies off with your family and friends, but not you. So, do the smart thing. Check your passport and renew it.

Is your home secure?

It’s the thing we all fear: coming home to find our house ruined. The times of the year where the most burglaries occur are in the summer holidays and at Christmas time, when our houses are empty. There are lots of measures you can take to keep our house safe and leaving a couple of lights on isn’t one of them. First of all, if you tend to keep spare keys around the outside of your house you should remove them before you leave. Ensure that all of your fire and burglar alarms are working and give your mobile number to a neighbour you trust that could inform you if something were to happen. You should also close all your windows and blinds to avoid getting anyone peering in to see what you have and turn off all of your electrics to avoid electrical fires.

Do you know how you’re getting there?

Have you finalised all of the details of your journey? Do you have your tickets printed off and stored somewhere safe and easy to access? It’s always the little things that we tend to forget about that end up going wrong. One great is example is that we plan how to travel between airports but we don’t always plan how to travel to and from these airports. If you’re planning on driving to the airport you might want to reserve an airport parking space. By doing this you can ensure that you will definitely have a parking space and could probably save some money, too. The earlier you book your parking space the better your savings will be.

Cash or credit?

Are you going abroad for your holiday? If so, how do you plan to pay for everything? Make sure that, if you’re using cash, you have enough to last the trip. Bringing a little extra for emergencies is also very important. On the other hand, if you’re planning to use your credit card you should phone the bank and let them know that you’ll be leaving the country. If they’re not aware that you’re on holiday and see that your card is being used abroad they may suspect that it has been stolen and prevent any transactions you might try to make while you’re away. It might also be a good idea to put the number for your bank on your phone in case your card does actually get stolen and you need to quickly freeze it.