Time to spring into action for summer


It looks like spring is finally on its way in the UK and while the warmer summer months are still around the corner, now is the time to get organised to ensure a stress-free holiday.

If you’re planning a trip abroad, it’s not only passports that you should consider. Here’s a handy checklist of three simple yet essential tasks to tackle before the summer rush. You might even save yourself some cash in the process.

1. Check your passports

Of course, passports are the first thing that many people think of when holiday packing comes to mind. But when was the last time you checked the details on yours? Do you know when it expires? And are all of the details, such as your married name, up-to-date? It’s possible to get hold of an updated passport within three weeks, but if your application contains errors or you apply during a busy period, it can take longer. Don’t leave it to the last minute – an emergency one day or one week application may involve travelling in person to a passport office and an additional fee.

2. Sort your travel insurance

If you have an annual policy, great – but it’s worth checking the paperwork to ensure that your holiday destination is covered. If you don’t have travel insurance, there’s plenty of time now to shop around for the best deal, using comparison websites. If you purchase travel insurance through a cashback site, you could earn a percentage of the policy cost or a lump sum back, in good time to be converted into holiday spending money.

3. Get an EHIC card

If you’re travelling to Europe, obtaining or checking whether you need to renew your EHIC card should be high on your holiday to-do list. Formerly known as the E111, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will help you to receive reduced-cost healthcare in all member countries, with minimal hassle. You can obtain an EHIC card for free online, but to have the peace of mind that your application is error-free and can be processed quickly, you can apply for our EHIC here today.

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