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Whether you're a first-time traveller or a seasoned pro, it's best to be prepared when you're planning on travelling so you won't have any unwanted surprises. We want you to have a great time without having to worry about anything, so we’ve put together some helpful travel information - some of which might surprise you!
In accordance with the Package Travel Regulations (PTR), Grown-up Escapes is required to provide security for passengers’ holiday payments prior to and up to the completion of the “Package Holiday” guarding against the event of financial failure of Grown-up Escapes Ltd.
Grown-up Escapes satisfies this legal obligation by ensuring all customer payments through The Travel Vault scheme. Please note this is NOT TRAVEL INSURANCE and will not cover you in the event of you cancelling.
If you are a British citizen, you must have the full 10-year passport which is valid for at least six months after your planned date of return - as opposed to an emergency passport. Children and infants must also have their own passports when travelling.
If you need to renew your passport before you leave, please allow plenty of time to do so as this can take up to 6 weeks. More information about passport renewal and validity is available at the Identity & Passport Service.
Getting through security is a necessary nuisance we must all face if you want to enjoy an escape safely. But if you're like most travellers, you probably shudder at the thought of someone rifling through your perfectly packed smalls, or the sound of tapping feet and heavy sighs as your fellow travellers wait for you to prepare your items for security.
Make sure you know in advance what you can and can't travel with so that you can pack accordingly:
Electronic devices – Most people know that you need to take out your electronic devices when going through security, so don't bury them deep in your suitcase.
However, what you may not realise is they must be fully charged and seen to be working but security officers. If you can't switch it on, then you won't be permitted to take it on board with you.
Liquids – As of 2006, you can only transport liquids in your hand luggage that are up to 100ml in containers that measure 20cm x 20cm. These must be placed in a re-sealable plastic bag - which you can obtain for free at most airports - and you are only allowed one bag per person. While medicines are exempt from this, other essentials like wine and moisturiser are not.
Cigarette lighters - Each passenger is only allowed to carry a single cigarette lighter on board the flight. Again, this must be placed in a re-sealable plastic bag and kept on your person at all times (not in hand luggage).
Sharp Objects – You cannot take objects with a sharp point/edge which can be used to cause serious injury in your hand luggage. This includes nail clippers, nail scissors and corkscrews.
Razors – You are allowed to take disposable and cartridge razors (not loose blades) on board but they must be stored in hand luggage.
Duty-Free - When travelling back from EU countries you can bring in an unlimited amount of duty-free items which are for "personal use". However, it must be a sensible amount that one person might use/consume.
Outside the EU, duty-free restrictions apply. You are limited to;
· 200 cigarettes
· 4 litres of still wine
· 1 litre of spirits
· 16 litres of beer
· Up to £390 worth of all other goods.
Luggage Allowance – Please check with your airline before travelling for weight and size allowances on luggage, as this can vary.
We strongly recommend that customers visit the FCO website to read the comments on the country they are planning to visit, not only at the time of booking but also prior to departure.
The FCO website provides a travel summary for every country, together with advice on safety and security including crime and terrorism, local laws & customs, entry requirements and health, as well as general information. It also has contact details for embassies and consulates of those countries where lone parents may require extra documentation.
We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination including safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs.
For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice (FCO) follow the link at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. We strongly advise that you register with the FCO to receive updates on the travel advice for your chosen destination.
We do not provide travel insurance with our escapes and it is your responsibility to ensure you have sufficient travel insurance for your journey.
Make sure that when you're taking out insurance, it covers everything that you're planning on doing while on your escape. Note that extra activities, such as diving, paddle-boarding or sports may require additional insurance.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office check travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/