1. Make sure you check the latest airport travel advice for your destination and sign up if possible to receive free email notification each time the airport travel advice is updated.

  2. Take out good travel insurance and make sure it covers you for all the places and things you plan to do and see. 

  3. Before you go on your travels try to register your travel plans and contact details online or at the local embassy, high commission or consulate once you get there so you can contacted in case of an emergency.

  4. Research the key customs of the country you’re visiting even if these seem unusual. Don’t expect to be treated any differently from the locals.

  5. Have all the right visas for any country you visit or travel to and check all entry or exit requirements.

  6. Make a few copies of passport details, holiday insurance policy, bank cheques, visas and credit card numbers. Carry copies in several different places from the originals and leave a copy with a friend or family member in the UK.

  7. Check with doctors for any health information about vaccinations and other related precautions. Vaccinations can sometimes be an entry requirement for some countries. Check that your medications can be taken abroad – not all medicines are allowed in some countries.

  8. Make sure your passport is up to date. Take some spare passport photos in luggage so if your passport is lost or stolen you can replace it while you’re away.

  9. Stay in contact with family and friends in the UK and give them a copy of your travel plans so they know where you are going at all times.

  10. Double check if you are a national of the country you are going to, and if dual nationality will add any complications to your travel plans.

Have a fun and safe trip