It won’t be long before final exams are over and teenagers across the country start to plan their first summer holiday away from their parents - an exciting time for them but it a nail-biting one for parents. The good news is that there are many things you can do as a parent for peace of mind while they’re away - without spoiling their fun. Our travel team has put together this handy guide for helping you and your teenager survive their first holiday without you.
Keeping their valuables safe
If they’ve just splashed out on the latest mobile phone, don’t risk it being damaged or lost while they are away. A cheaper pay-as-you-go handset will ensure they have access to important numbers and can keep in touch without risking their brand new smart-phone. If they absolutely insist that they need to take their smart-phone away with them, adding Gadget Cover to your travel insurance for additional protection will ensure it is protected against theft, loss and damage. And always advise them to lock their valuables away in a hotel safe.
Always use an ATOL-protected travel company or agent
The last thing you want is for your teen to be stranded abroad because a travel company has gone bust, or is not fulfilling their side of a travel deal. By booking with an ATOL-protected company, you can be sure your children will be able to enjoy the rest of their holiday and get back safely.
Understand alcohol limits and local laws
The party towns of Benidorm, Malia and Magaluf will be packed this year - the vibrant nightlife, great weather and excitement that these resorts have to offer attracts a lot of young adults. While it’s unlikely you’ll be able to convince them to stick to soft drinks, you can educate them about the dangers of drinking too much, how to stay safe at night, the importance of staying hydrated and avoiding falling asleep for hours in the sun following a big night out!
It’s also a good idea to read up on local laws to ensure they don’t end up in any unexpected trouble.
Take out travel insurance
Travel insurance is designed to provide cover for your cash, valuables, health and many other aspects of holiday travel. Leaving home without it could prove expensive, and very distressing. It is also a good idea to ensure your teen has a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
with them so that they can receive free or reduced cost health care when travelling abroad to some countries. This card is valid in all European Economic Area countries.
Wherever they’re going to celebrate the end of exams this summer, don’t forget to get them covered with MORE TH>N Travel Insurance. You can get a quote by clicking here, or by calling us on 0330 100 7825.