5 Things to Consider When Preparing for a Multi-Centre Holiday
17th May 2018
A multi-centre holiday is like having two, three or four holidays all in one, which is really exciting but it also means you have double, triple or quadruple the prep before you jet off. Thorough preparation will help your multi-centre trip run a lot smoother, with the help of efficient packing, the correct currency, up-to-date travel insurance and a basic knowledge of the country you are visiting. The travel experts here at Pillinger have listed some of the questions you should ask yourself as you prepare for your upcoming multi-centre trip.
1. How do I pack for my multi-centre holiday efficiently?
Making a list is the first step when packing for multiple locations. You need to consider the difference between the locations you will be visiting. Consider what season it will be, what the climate is like, and what kind of terrain it will be. If you are visiting New York City, followed by Los Angeles in December, you will need hats and scarves for New York with temperatures averaging 3 degrees celsius, while you may be able to wear shorts and t-shirts in LA with temperatures reaching 20 degrees celsius.
Once you have worked out what you need to bring, packing your belongings efficiently is the next step. The basic advice for this is to roll and not fold everything into your luggage. Along with rolling, you should also try to use every available space, whether that’s stuffing your underwear in your shoes or buying specific space saving items like a pac-a-mac.
2. Do I have the correct currency for each country I’m visiting?
If you are travelling to multiple destinations within the same country, you probably do not need to worry about this one too much (providing you have the correct country for this one country). However, if you are travelling around multiple countries, say you are travelling around Southeast Asia for example, you need to ensure you have the correct currency and the appropriate amount of it, for each respective country.
As well as knowing which currency you need, you should also research into the worth of this currency. Ensure you know the current exchange rate of the currency and get a basic understanding of how much things cost in the country you are visiting to help avoid being overcharged by locals.
3. Do I have the appropriate travel insurance for my multi-centre holiday?
Comprehensive travel insurance is one of the most important things you should have for any holiday, and even more so for multi-centre holidays. With the extra travelling involved with multi-centre trips, there is more opportunity for delayed flights, cancelled flights and missing luggage, which you need to be covered for.
As well as an increased chance of delayed flights and missing luggage, there may also be an increased chance of illness or injury. You need to ensure you are covered for all the activities you plan on doing whilst travelling, whether that be skiing, water sports or climbing a mountain.
5. What are the driving laws in the countries I’m visiting?
Driving laws vary from country to country. If you are planning to travel via motor vehicle during your trip, you need to ensure you are aware of the driving laws in the respective countries. For example, if you are driving through France, it is a legal requirement to have a breathalyser kit in your vehicle in an attempt to crack down on drink driving. In Thailand, it is against the law for any motorist to be topless while driving, male or female, while in Russia you could incur a hefty fine if your vehicle is dirty. An awareness of these various laws could save you from an unanticipated fine or worse, an arrest.
5. What cultural differences should I be aware of before visiting a country?
Every country has their own culture and way of life, with some having several due to regional differences within the state. When visiting a new country, it may be useful to do a bit of background research to ensure you are not going to offend any locals.
An example of this can be seen with the US custom of perpetual tipping, with the expected sum reaching 20% of the bill. Waiters in the States rely on this tip for their living costs as their wages are so low. In Malaysia, pointing with your index fingers is considered incredibly offensive. Instead, they gesture using their thumbs as this is seen as a more polite alternative.
While a lot of preparations go into a multi-centre holiday, it is definitely worth it when you are enjoying multiple destinations in one trip! Get in touch with the experts here at Pillinger for help planning your own multi-centre holiday.