Autumn Holidays In Europe – What To Remember

A holiday at any time of year is something to enjoy and look forward to, but there are still things you need to do and be aware of. Taking a holiday is not just a matter of turning up at the airport and hoping for the best, you need to plan carefully, particularly when you are traveling out of season.

Choose Your Resort Carefully

When you holiday in Autumn, particularly in later Autumn, you need to make sure that your resort is still open. A case in point is that I once went to a resort in Majorca in late October. The holiday went into November and as soon as November hit we noticed shops and restaurants were being closed up for the Winter, by the end of the holiday it was almost like a ghost town.

If you want a livelier Autumn break then look to places like the Canary islands which have year round sunshine, or places like Benidorm which never really close. Avoid resorts in Menorca where the Autumn climate is windy and temperatures drop. If in doubt, do a bit of research beforehand.

Don’t Forget Your Insurance

I still find it staggering how many people take the risk of traveling abroad with no kind of holiday insurance. An accident of any kind or loss of luggage or a theft or mugging could happen to anyone, yet we risk it for the sake of saving a few pounds. Even more astonishing is that so many people do not get the EHIC free health insurance card that can provide free or low cost healthcare for European Citizens. This includes help with pre-existing conditions or maternity care.

Getting the card is simple, and backed up by your holiday insurance this should give you piece of mind when traveling abroad.

Weigh Your Case

Weight restrictions on our suitcases are quite clearly  indicated on your travel documents but some people think traveling at a quieter time of year may see airlines being more lenient and not charging for excess baggage.

This is clearly not the case and can lead to unnecessary upset and cost at the start or end of your holiday. Invest in a set of suitcase scales and avoid this.