There are two kinds of people around the Christmas holidays: those can wind down and spend the time tucked away at home to get through a mountain of chocolates and boxsets. Then there are those who get their bags packed and hit the road for a little New Year's Eve trip as soon as the Christmas dinner is finished.
If you fall into the latter, and you're driving or jetting off somewhere special to ring in the new year, take a little time to see if you need cover. There are some common travel scenarios around New Year's where knowing The AA has your back, can be beneficial. Even if you're staying at home and know someone travelling, you should have a read of this…
Sitting by the beach laughing at the weather app
Snapping a pic on your phone to send back home, so others get jealous is probably the best of getting some winter sun. While we have our pick of the best winter sun spots just a few hours from Ireland (you can see the list here), all your efforts to make everyone back home envious can quickly evaporate if you run into an issue with your holiday.
Knowing you have AA travel insurance in your back pocket helps put things at ease if a trip is cancelled, baggage is delayed, or there's a medical emergency. It's also worth asking family who are going away if they're covered, as single trip insurance is good for peace of mind.
Hitting the road and taking the Ferry Across the Mersey (or anywhere in the UK)
It's also a popular time of year for families to load up the car, get on a ferry and head across to Britain to ring in the new year with family. This is a good reminder for anyone with an AA membership that their membership extends to the UK when you're driving over for a visit and can prove as such. It's a great thing to have to avoid headaches if you break down on the motorway and wouldn't have an idea where to get help.
For those heading to mainland Europe, double check you have European Breakdown Cover as a minimum too.
Protecting your Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes on the Slopes
Jetting off from Dublin Airport to one of the fancy ski resorts just a few hours from Ireland (we've our Top 5 here)? You would think that winter sports cover is a no-brainer, yet many people leave it to the very last minute to get cover. It is important to remember that winter sports cover is typically independent of travel cover and must cover equipment and ski passes.
There's also the fact that people are expected to have a few tumbles on the slopes. While, statistically, men are more likely to get injured while skiing from colliding with other skiers and static objects/unexpected bumps, you want anyone skiing to have the foresight to get travel insurance sorted. It can be the difference between ringing in the new year with a little apres-ski & hearing alarm bells from medical bills.
You can learn more about AA ski travel insurance here.
Oh, and make sure everything is good at home!
If you're away over New Year's, is your house going to be ok? With options like contents insurance and AA home membership, you're better protected with The AA. And don't forget that existing motor customers can get discounted rates!