Whether you are counting down the days until your next holiday or are just considering your options, you must familiarise yourself with a number of travel safety tips ahead of time.

This can protect you, and your travel companions, from requiring urgent medical care or from falling victim to travel-related fraud. Continue reading to find out what you should know before you jet off on your 2021 holiday. 

Do your research 

Regardless of which country you are jetting off to, you must do your research ahead of time. This includes familiarising yourself with online reviews and testimonials of the hotel you intend to stay in, exploring the local neighbourhood and the amenities it provides at the earliest convenience, and researching local crime rates and statistics. You must also obtain the contact information of the nearest police station in the event of an accident or emergency. As a result, you can enjoy your holiday safe in the knowledge that you are doing everything you can to prioritise the health and wellbeing of you and your loved ones. 

Ensure you are healthy 

Before you set foot on the plane, you must ensure you are in a fit state to travel. If you are suffering from a long-term illness or are experiencing the early symptoms of a disease or infection, it may benefit you, as well as your fellow travellers, to cancel or reschedule your holiday to a later date. There are also a number of steps you can take beforehand to ensure you are healthy and unlikely to pose a risk to fellow travellers. Your travel insurance company may also be able to provide you with an extra layer of health and safety to ensure your holiday goes off without a hitch. For example, Staysure are currently offering 10% off PCR tests for travel as part of their travel insurance policies

Make a copy of any important documents 

Whether you have a habit of losing things or are just looking to take extra precautions during your 2021 holiday, it may benefit you to make a copy of any important documents. This includes your passport, boarding pass, and driver’s license. You can scan them online in the days leading up to your holiday and print a number of hard copies. This can provide you with peace of mind in the event that you are required to cut your holiday short or if you lose or misplace the original document before your departure date. 

Update your loved ones on a regular basis

Even if you are holidaying in the same country, you should update your loved ones on a regular basis. This can ensure they are aware of your whereabouts at all times and can either travel to you or organise emergency travel if need be. Before you leave, you should also provide them with a copy of your itinerary and inform them of any unscheduled changes to your plans. By keeping up to date with your holiday in real-time, they can relax knowing you are not only having the time of your life but that you are where you should be.

Safeguard your hotel room 

When it comes to holidaying abroad, you can never be too safe. Your hotel room may have security measures in place but there are things you can do to make it even safer. You should lock your windows, lock and deadbolt the door, and even purchase an external safe that only you know the password for. 

If you are planning a 2021 holiday, there are a number of safety tips you must familiarise yourself with ahead of time. This includes doing your research, ensuring you are healthy, making a copy of any important documents, updating your loved ones on a regular basis, and safeguarding your hotel room.