Planning a Holiday?
Mar 06, 2018
It's that time of year, when our thoughts lean towards long summer days, cool cocktails and dipping our toes in the warm ocean. So, what do you need to check before you travel ? Of course, if you are heading overseas then checking your passport would probably be at the top of your list, quickly followed by sorting out travel money, suitcases and your wardrobe. You are most likely also going to check out that you have valid travel insurance to cover you in case you become ill. Have you also thought about checking your Will? Probably not. So what exactly would happen if tragedy struck whilst you were away on holiday. Hopefully you have already arranged comprehensive travel insurance to cover all medical costs and repatriation to fly your body home. Would you even want your body to be flown home? If not, who would know exactly what your wishes are ? If you have made a Will then all the necessary information would be outlined clearly for your loved ones to follow. If there is no Will, or it can't be located, then it's up to your family to make the arrangements. Presumably, they would know exactly what you would want to happen and implement your wishes accordingly, but what if they had no idea what you wanted? For example, what if you are working overseas and had set up home there, where would you want to be buried or cremated? Where you now live or back home in the UK? Would you like a full on service or a simple celebration? Do you have a new set of friends to be involved? Just imagine if your family went to the trouble and huge expense of repatriating your body back to the UK, only to hear from your friends that this was not what you wanted. All of this can easily be incorporated into your Will and it's something we should all think about if we are regular travellers or work across the globe. So if you are planning a holiday, world tour, or working overseas for a while, make the necessary changes to your Will. Your family will appreciate it, I can assure you.