1. Purchase travel insurance. If you’re heading overseas, make sure you purchase the appropriate travel insurance. Injury, accidents or illness can strike at any time and overseas doctor visits or worse, hospitalisation costs can be extremely costly. Consumer comparison website, Canstar estimates the average travel insurance policy cost for a 10-day trip to Thailand is $93 for an individual, $172 for a couple. For a 10-day holiday to the USA, a policy for an individual is $122 on average, whereas a couple is approximately $231. It’s a small price to pay if you do find yourself in trouble overseas.
2. Turn the water supply off. Nobody wants to come home to a house that has been flooded due to a burst pipe under the bathroom sink upstairs or anywhere in the house for that matter. Not a great scenario to come home to if a pipe blows on day one of your two-week holiday and the burst pipe goes undetected.
3. Turn the hot water off. Save money on your energy bill by turning your gas or electric hot water heater down to low or off. You don’t need the hot water system working away whilst you’re on holidays. Just remember to turn it back on as soon as you walk in the door to allow time for the hot water system to warm up again.
4. Neighbourhood watch. If you have a good relationship with your neighbours, let them know you’re going away and when you expect to be back. Provide any emergency contact details in case something happens to your home whilst you’re away and if possible, leave a spare set of keys with family or friends.
5. Lock spare keys away. If you are leaving the cars at home, lock the keys in the safe, if you have one or somewhere secure. If the house is broken into, the last thing you want to do is allow the burglar easy access to your car by leaving the car keys hanging on the key hook.
6. Do a little gardening before you go. Cut the lawn and do some pruning before you go away so it doesn’t look too overgrown whilst you’re away. If you’re going away for an extended period, ask somebody to maintain the front yard so it looks like somebody is home.
7. Repurpose your wallet for travelling. Take out items from your wallet you won’t be using during your travels (such as additional credit cards or Medicare card, if travelling overseas) so if you do happen to lose it, you don’t have the hassle of cancelling and replacing all that plastic.