Everyone loves going on holiday, taking a week out of our busy lives and relaxing, there’s nothing better than a holiday to recharge your batteries. But before the rest and relaxation there’s usually a lot of planning and organising to make sure everything runs smoothly and you have everything you will need to enjoy a relaxing week away.
Are your vaccinations up to date? Do you need a plug adapter? Are you up to date on the latest travel advice? There’s so much to think about and check but you have come to the right place. Below I have listed things you should consider when travelling to Turkey which will hopefully make your holiday planning quicker and easier.
Insurance, passport and visa
What would be worse than arriving at the airport only to find out your passport or visa is out of date? If you’re visiting Turkey from the UK then you need to ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months after the date you arrive and at least 3 months after the date you leave. Your passport must also be valid for at least 60 days past the expiry of your visa.
British citizens need a visa for travelling to Turkey but don’t panic, getting a visa is a quick and easy process you can even apply for a visa online. Applying for a visa online is really simple and will only take around 5 minutes, it’s also not necessary to scan or sign any paper documents. To get your Turkey visa (£21.95 per person) head over to E-Visums where you can start the process and you will receive your official travel visa within 12 hours, even on weekends! It’s no longer possible to purchase a visa upon arrival so it’s paramount you purchase a valid Turkey travel visa before your holiday.
Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance for your holiday, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you’re planning on doing some water sports it’s important you make note of this when buying insurance to make sure you’re fully covered should anything happen.
Before you go on holiday make a copy of your passport, travel insurance, visa and any other important documents in case you lose an item and you need to get a replacement. Having a photocopy will make the process much easier and quicker should the worst happen.
Change your currency
The exchange rate is forever changing but don’t leave it to the last minute to bag a good deal. Try to get your currency a week or so before your holiday so you know you have it in hand and you don’t have to rush around last minute as you might end up having to accept a bad rate. It’s a good idea to take cash (Turkish Lira) but also take your bank card so you have a backup should you lose your money or need more funds.
Check travel advice
When travelling abroad it’s important that you’re up to date with the latest travel advice for the country you will be visiting. The best place for those living in the UK to find foreign travel advice is through the Gov.uk website. Head over to the website where you can select the country you will be visiting and you will see the latest travel advice for that destination. It’s really important to check this before you travel to ensure there are no problems with the area you are visiting and so you can be aware of any issues and have an enjoyable holiday.
Visit your GP
Before heading off on holiday there’s a lot to think about and plan, one thing you won’t want to forget is to ensure your vaccinations are up to date. Ideally, you should visit your GP 4-6 weeks before you travel to ensure your vaccinations are up to date and to book in any vaccinations you need for the destination you are visiting. When visiting Turkey it’s recommended to have all routine vaccinations up to date and to also be vaccinated for typhoid, rabies, hepatitis A and hepatitis B.
Travel essentials and packing
Of course one of the most exciting but also time-consuming elements of holiday planning is the packing and ensuring you have all the items you need for your holiday. Clothes wise the best thing to do is check the weather forecast for the time you are visiting, this will give you a good idea of the type of clothes to pack.
A few essentials to remember include; suncream, mosquito spray, travel adapters, a small first aid kit and don’t forget any medication you need. Ensure you check that any medication you are taking on your travels is permitted in the country as the rules different for each country and you don’t want to find yourself on the wrong side of the law in a foreign country.
Plan your stay
This is down to personal preference, some people like to take things at a leisurely pace and go with the flow while others like to plan out each day. It’s always worth doing a bit of research before you head off on holiday and find a few places you want to visit, this way you can find out the cost, read reviews and plan your way there etc. At least if you have a rough idea and a few options you won’t have to spend time researching instead of enjoying your holiday.
If you’re finding your holiday prep overwhelming try to break it down into smaller tasks and tick things off as you go. The main thing is to give yourself plenty of time to plan and ensure you have everything you need.
*This is a collaborative post