Tips for trips

February 1, 2017

Whether you are planning an away Six Nations game to support the Irish rugby team or are thinking about your summer holidays here some tips for your trip.

 Booking a package holiday 

When you book a package holiday you enter into a contract with the tour operator or travel agent you book the holiday with. It is their responsibility to ensure that your holiday arrangements run smoothly. They should provide you with a written copy of the contract before you travel, with information such as the cost, destination, length of the holiday, itineraries of any excursions, and details of the complaints procedure if something goes wrong. You should also be given any other relevant information, such as vaccinations and any passport or visa requirements.

Organising your own trip

Booking each part of your trip separately can help cut costs but it does involve more time for you to research each part. You also don’t have the same protections as you would if you book a package holiday, so it’s important to be aware of possible issues that could impact on you. For example, if you are travelling for a particular event and it’s cancelled, because you booked each part of your trip separately you would have to sort out each stage yourself. This may involve paying to reschedule flights or cancelling accommodation. However, you still have some protections, for example if your holiday involves a ferry or flight you have rights if there is a delay or cancellation.

Avoiding accommodation scams

When you are researching your accommodation, watch out for potential rental accommodation scams. This is where scammers visit a genuine holiday website offering places for rent; copy the photos, addresses and other information from various listings and then use this to put up a fake listing of their own. This is a scam to get you to pay the full rental or a large deposit upfront. Try to make sure a listing is genuine before you make a booking. Only use a secure method when paying for the rental property online, such as a credit card or Paypal. If you rent through a genuine holiday website make sure you pay through that site (research online if you aren’t sure it is genuine). If the contact for the rental property asks you to email them directly or encourages you to leave the site promising a better deal, don’t do it as this may be a scam.

Renting a car 

If you choose to rent a car in a different country make sure to check the website for the company’s terms and conditions. Also, have a look at their “Frequently asked questions” or FAQ section. In general, if you rent a car in a different country and something goes wrong it can sometimes be difficult to get a resolution due to the distance and language barrier. So, it is important to research the company before booking, ensure you have contact details and enough insurance to meet the company’s requirements. Also, at the time of booking you may find that not all charges are included – some may be payable when collecting the car, such as costs for extras, for example, child seats, additional drivers, extra insurance etc.

Getting travel insurance 

If you book a package holiday, travel agents and tour operators may sell travel insurance as part of the package but you do not have to buy their insurance. You may get better value by buying your travel insurance separately, or by taking out an annual travel insurance policy if you travel a lot. If you have private health insurance, check your policy to see if you have cover for illness and injury abroad before you buy travel insurance and check that the cover is enough for you while you are abroad.

Enjoy your trip!

Published Date: 01/02/2017

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