Getting ready to go away on holiday anywhere is daunting let alone going a island you’ve never been to before and where English isn’t their first Lanuguage. However a keen sense of adventure helps and going with family / friends/ partner is comforting! The pre-list of things to do has been huge prior to leaving but we’re working our way through it. I thought I’d begin this Travel Blog series and share how it all goes!
VACCINATIONS: Going to any less westernised country can always have its risks so check with your doctor before going as to what injections to get – Even if you hate needles! I’d rather be the person hyperventilating in the waiting room before going away then spending weeks in hospital afterwards recovering from Malaria!
I’m not going to lie though, I hate needles and it took me a little by surprise and has been achy ever since!! The nurse reassured me that was normal however and if you survive the first 20 minutes then your all good.
VISAS: If you are Holder of New Zealand Passport, you are exempted from payment of a visa fee when applying for a single entry visa with a validity of three (3) month. Except for certain nationalities, a foreign passport holder travelling to the Philippines for tourism or business purposes and staying thereat for NOT MORE THAN TWENTY-ONE (21) days may enter the Philippines without entry visa provided he/she is able to present a valid passport and an outbound or return ticket to Immigration officials upon arrival in the Philippines.
***Please see the Philippines Embassy website for more information! http://philembassy.org.nz/visas.html
TRAVEL INSURANCE: The last and biggest thing on my list (other than spending money!) is this. Having worked in the insurance industry before I can’t stress enough how amazing it is should something go wrong. I don’t want to be stuck somewhere with no luggage or illness with nothing I can do about it. Travel insurance isn’t too expensive AND there are on-line discounts!!!
I can’t wait wait for the shopping, I’ve decided I’m giving everyone an I-O-U note (a pretty one) before Xmas so that I can bring back home some amazing presents! That, the relaxation, cultural experience and adventure and possibly a gorgeous white sand beach or two!!