Get travel admin out of the way now


January is primetime for diets, detoxes and ditching the booze, but it’s also the most popular time of year for something else: booking holidays.

As the Christmas lights become a distant memory and the cold, grey reality of the rest of winter sets in, all we Brits can think about is where our next hit of sunshine is coming from. We love booking holidays at this time, and it’s a great time to do it – prices are low and it gives everyone a little something to look forward to.

It’s the best time of year to get all that pesky holiday admin out of the way, too – when you’ve got time to kill and there’s no rush.

Renew your passports

Sorting out passport renewals in the summer can be very stressful and time-consuming, with waits of more than a month at some times. In the quieter winter months, applications are often turned around in less than a week, so sort it now and save yourself the stress.

Take out travel insurance

Booking travel insurance early has a few other benefits. You can make sure that you’re covered from now, so that if anything happens which precludes you from taking your trip, you won’t find yourself facing a big financial loss.

It’s generally cheaper to opt for a yearly travel insurance deal if you take more than one holiday each year, and it will make sure you’re always protected against any eventualities on holiday.

European Health Insurance Card

Another thing you can get out of the way is ordering EHIC cards for the whole family. If you’re travelling within the European Economic Area, these allow you to receive healthcare at the same cost as locals do when you present your card.

You can get an EHIC for any member of your family who is a British citizen, from babies right up to grandparents, and they’re a great way to save money on any unexpected healthcare costs abroad.

It’s quick and easy to apply for your EHIC or reapply using our easy service, so get it out of the way now and get on with your holidays!

Photo: UK passports by Karen V Bryan licensed under Creative commons 2