This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
A few simple preparations before and during your holiday can help to make your Christmas trip safe and trouble free.
If you do get into problems while abroad then we are here to help, but you can avoid a lot of difficulties in the first place by following these basic tips:
- take out comprehensive travel insurance - make sure it covers you for any activities you are likely to undertake such as extreme or water sports
- check our Travel Advice for the country you are visiting
- check The National Travel Health Network and Centre’s websiteT or contact your GP’s surgery as early as possible before you travel to find out if you need any vaccinations or other medication
- for certain countries your passport must be valid for six months after the date you travel - check the entry requirements section of the Travel Advice for the country you are visiting
- take enough money for your trip and some back-up funds in a mix of cash and cards
- download our Plan. Pack. Explore. app
New research reveals that a third of people taking their first winter sports holiday risk serious injury because they are not sufficiently in shape when they hit the slopes.
The research also reveals that two out of five winter sports enthusiasts have injured themselves at least once, highlighting the importance of getting in shape and warming up properly before skiing or snowboarding.
Visiting friends or family abroad?
You still need to take the same preparations as if you were going on holiday. Our research shows that nearly half of young people did not take out insurance the last time they stayed with family and friends.