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Travelling to winter destinations: Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind

Travel tips winter destination

Published: 17 November 2014

Europe is a wonderful destination to visit, especially during the winter season. With so many countries to choose from and such a wonderful mix of cultures, geographical conditions and attractions, there is something for everyone in Europe. The holiday season is a popular time for many people to travel. Nevertheless, as with anything, there can often be risks to consider.

Flexicover have a list of some do’s and don’ts that will help make your winter travels a little safer!


  • Check your sightseeing attractions:
  • If you are planning on visiting tourist attractions it is best to check the visiting dates and times before you travel. The winter season may mean that some attractions are closed or have shorter opening time due to weather conditions. Checking this before you travel will enable you to better plan.

  • Check your transport:
  • If you are travelling by car, whether your own or a hire car, ensure you have the relevant insurance and documentation before you leave. Also check that you have all the necessary equipment should you have an emergency en route or break down unexpectedly such as a spare tyre. Most insurance policies do provide an option for emergency assistance in the event of a breakdown which could be useful if this happens and you are miles from anywhere. Carry warm clothing and some water with you too! A snow shovel in the boot is also a must for this time of year as you just never know when you might need this!

  • Be prepared for delays or emergencies:
  • Unfortunately, in extreme weather conditions delays or disruptions can occur especially with flights and trains. Leave enough time to get to the airport or to the station. Consider travelling the night before so you can relax and be refreshed before your trip the next day. Whilst travel insurance may compensate you depending on your policy for any disruptions, keep a book or some activities with you for the kids, just in case!


  • Forget to pack thermals:
  • The feeling of being cold isn’t a nice one, especially when away from home! So the best thing to do is layer up and pack your thermals! Most shops, restaurants and tourist attractions are well heated so more than likely you won’t have a problem. But it’s better to be prepared! Pack a flask of hot soup or something hot to enjoy en route. Remember when travelling home it may also be cold on arrival; the weather can be unpredictable at this time of year.

  • Forget to check your bookings before you leave:
  • Check all your reservations before you travel and make sure you carry all documentation with you for hotels, restaurants and all attractions. When you arrive at your hotel do ask for a complimentary upgrade, even though it may be high season with many travellers in the winter, often if there have been cancellations, you may just be lucky enough! Look out for any social media offers, discounts and vouchers which may be available.

  • Forget to buy travel insurance:
  • Getting travel insurance should be top of your list before you travel on your winter break. Remember to take out your policy before your journey commences as this is normally one of the conditions of the insurance. Take out a Flexicover policy and travel in the knowledge that they will be committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure you are safe and secure 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.

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