Sometimes you just want to enjoy the planning process, and we totally get that here at WOT travel, that’s why this page has tips, and recommended providers, who can make your planning and ultimate holiday, a time and money-saving experience.
We do hope you enjoy the advice, and utilise the companies we are proud to have worked with over the years.
If you have any questions about planning your holiday on your own, please feel free to give us a call.
10 Top Tips for your journey
Our Top Tips for travelling:
TripAdvisor may well be the world’s largest travel community, hosting more than 290 million reviews and with 350 million visitors a month, but as the owner WOT Travel I’ve done my own fair share of travelling, and together with client experiences over the years, I have produced my top travel tips….
- Plan In Hours, Not Days
Most tourist attractions open from 9am to 5pm, so that’s only eight hours to explore. Therefore thinking in segments of sixty minutes will help you prioritise your schedule.
- YouTube Is Your Friend
In today’s hyper-connected world, almost everything has been recorded on video. Looking at footage brings a place to life and help you choose where to visit.
- Scope Out Your Surroundings
Before you book a hotel, look on Google Street View. It gives you a 360 degree view of the area and will show what’s in the immediate vicinity. If you arrive at night, you’ll be able to get your bearings more quickly by knowing local landmarks.
- Save Pricey Outings For Day Two
It can be tempting to cram in as much as possible on your first day, but you never know when jet lag will hit – there’s nothing worse than falling asleep halfway through that expensive ballet.
A few years ago I travelled to Las Vegas with two friends of mine, as part of a multi-centre holiday. We arrived in the afternoon, after a long flight from London, and in my infinite wisdom had decided to book us seats to see the Cirque de Soleil’s Beatles show, at 10pm that same evening. Let’s just say that my mate and I saw about the first two minutes of the show and then went to sleep, snoring loudly throughout the entire performance. How did we know that we’d snored quite so loudly? Well, my other friend, the wife of my mate, has reminded us quite frequently over the years! Her face that night was a picture to behold, and oh boy, were we in the dog house!
- Check Your Hotel Room As Soon As You Arrive
Does The Toilet Flush? Creaky air conditioning? Dirty bed linen? Act immediately, go back to reception, make your grievances known and if necessary seek a Duty Manager to assist. Whatever you do, don’t leave things and complain after you leave. It’s a bit like closing the door after the horse has bolted. So, act now, if needed!
- Go To New York During Christmas
Surprisingly, some hotels in New York discount their rooms over the festive season.
- Take Adequate Medical/Travel Insurance
It never ceases to amaze me the number of people who choose to ignore advice on taking out adequate or for that matter, any, medical\travel insurance when they travel worldwide. Whilst no one wants to use it, when it does become necessary it can save you a lot of money, and speaking from personal experience with my late father, many thousands of pounds. There are numerous insurance suppliers out there who offer excellent cover, so I urge you to take out a policy, be it for a single travel experience, or an annual policy. Yes, the initial outlay may be expensive (depending on your age and/or any medical conditions you may have), but that cost pairs in to insignificance when it comes in to play.
- Pre-Paid Currency Payment Cards
I carry one, and I know many other people do too. A pre-paid card allows you to add funds in many of the world’s currencies. Not only does it allow you to pay for goods and services in the local currency, but if lost or stolen, you are not subject to any debit/credit cards you may have or use. It also saves you carrying large amounts of currency, which is not only a safety issue, but it can be easily lost. There are many suppliers that offer these cards. Look around, get the one that suits you best, and save yourself money.
My advice is to consider a multi currency card which allows you to inter-change between several currencies. It really does work, and I can vouch for that.
- Know Your Rights When Flying To/From Europe
When you travel to/from Europe, and you are subject to a delayed or cancelled flight, then you may be entitled to compensation. EU Regulation 261/2014 is what you need to refer to, and speaking from experience, it does work.
- Consider Pre-Booking an Arrival Transfer To Your Accommodation
You arrive in an unfamiliar city, you don’t speak the language and you have to get to your accommodation somehow? Why not consider booking an arrival transfer when you book your ticket? You’ll find someone waiting for you, often with your name on a board, and will take you to your directly to your hotel/accommodation. You get peace of mind knowing that you won’t be ripped off and in unfamiliar territory you won’t get lost.
Sure, it may cost a little extra, but isn’t that worth the possible stress and hassle you may be subjected to?
I’d suggest doing the same for the return. After all, do you really need the headache of getting you and your luggage back to the airport?
- Get Your Bearings
If you are visiting a city for the first time, I would highly recommend buying a ticket for a local hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Stay on for one complete circuit and then use it for all its worth. That way you’ll be able to get your bearings as well as revisiting the various points on the tour.
It’s a relatively inexpensive way of seeing around a city. Take this tour on your first day and you won’t go wrong.
- Learn A Little of The Local Lingo
Yes, we all know that English is spoken throughout the world, but have you ever considered learning a few words of the local language? This may be the last thing on your list of things to do, but believe me when I say that even the basics will be welcomed with open arms and shows that you are not just a “tourist abroad”.
My late parents encouraged me to learn a few basic words of the language from the country we would visit on our foreign summer holiday. For years I never understood the relevance, but now I’m forever grateful. Whilst I’ll never be fluent in any, except for French, which I learnt at school (even though now it’s somewhat rusty), I am able to use the basic pleasantries in at least thirty different languages. I’m certainly not being bigheaded, but it has helped me get the most out of my experience.
This has never been more apparent than when I recently visited Prague, in the Czech Republic, for the first time. I had not learnt a word of Czech, but thanks to the internet and my modern phone, I was able to use an app that would help me along the way. It’s easy to do, but means so much to a local.
Plus, this knowledge will certainly open doors you never thought would be possible.
European & UK Holiday booking
Superbreak – book UK & Europe holidays, including travel by rail, and sightseeing.
This is an excellent website for anyone looking to book a European or UK holiday. They also offer some fantastic extras like booking sightseeing trips, rail journeys and more.
Transferring Money Abroad
Transferwise – a fantastic way to send money overseas, plus with our special link, you get a free transfer up to £500!
Transferwise is a website that helps those of us who have family or friends overseas, transfer money to them, at a fantastic rate. With our special link, you can utilise the service, for a free transfer of up to £50, to anywhere in the world.
If you would like to know more about this service, or have any questions at all, do give us a call.
Flexible Autos – is a rental car company that we have worked closely with throughout the years.
VIP Lounge Access
Book yourself happy with access to hundreds of VIP airport lounges across the world, without paying over the odds.
Simply select the country, or airport, and you can book quickly and easily, saving money and making the most of the lounge amenities.
Lowcost Coach Travel
As a part of our independent travel options, we have worked with TerraVision to help offer excellent deals for travel to and from airports, such as this, just click below to find out more.
You can also utilise their services at the other end of your journey, including Rome Walking tours, Disneyland Paris trips and much more.
Airport Luggage Transfer
Airport Luggage Transfer
Make the most of your day without the burden of your bags – travel quicker, lighter and stress free between London airports and your London address. ‘Affordable luxury’ starts at just £15 for a single bag, and £5 for each additional item (regardless of size or weight).
For peace of mind, you’ll receive luggage status updates via SMS and email, the location of your luggage can be tracked online via real-time GPS locator and all bookings are insured up to £10,000.
For a no obligation quote, or to make a booking then visit portr.com
Compensation for delayed and cancelled flights
We know the stress and struggle that comes with delayed and cancelled flights, but did you know in many of these events, you can actually get compensation for these issues? We are proud to share with you Fairplane UK, who help travllers who have just this issue, get fair compensation.