Whenever we go on holiday, there’s always the nagging doubt in the back of our minds that it’s going to be a disaster. Of course you hope that everything is going to go smoothly, but getting the most out of your break can be harder than it seems.

Jet lag, sickness, running out of money – these are just a few of the long list of things that can go wrong. And then you still have to think about what you’re going to do with all your free time! But your holiday can still live up to your expectations with just a few simple steps.

No one wants their dream holiday to turn into a nightmare, but that’s exactly what can happen if you don’t safeguard against certain hazards. If you’ve got a long flight, the first thing you want to avoid is jet lag. This can happen when flying across time zones but you can try to prevent it by adjusting your sleep patterns a few days before you fly. How you adjust will depend on where you’re going – if you’re going east, go to bed earlier, if you’re going west start going to be later.

However, it’s once you get to your destination that the real dangers begin. Make sure you’re well read on the area you’re going to. Something as simple as drinking tap water can cause food poisoning and put you out of action for most of your trip. If you’re not sure whether the tap water’s safe to drink, don’t take any risks. Even if you see locals enjoying a glass of tap water, it still might not be safe for your unaccustomed immune system.

When travelling to unfamiliar territories, it’s important to stay hydrated. If you’re going to a climate that’s hotter than you’re used to, you may need to adjust your usual hydration habits. Aim for around 2-3 litres of water a day.

It can be tempting to take in the local culture with a stroll, but, in some places, this can be dangerous. In places like Colombia and Nigeria, incidents of violent crime against tourists are high, so it’s important to stick to the beaten track. Make sure you’re well versed on the place you’re visiting and what’s safe and what’s not.

It’s also important to make sure that you’re sufficiently insured to visit an area and participate in any activities you might want to do. This is vital if you need to claim holiday compensation if you’ve been involved in an accident.

Lastly, it’s important to make sure the time you spend on holiday isn’t wasted. Make sure you make a plan of things you want to do before you go on your trip. Have a look at the attractions and set a target of places you want to visit. Make sure you leave enough time for relaxing though; you don’t want to leave your holiday more tired than when you arrived!