If you happen to’re a New Zealand rugby fan, you’ll be counting all the way down to the Rugby World Cup in France, which runs from September 8 to October 28.
A few of you would possibly even be going to affix 600,000 of your nearest and dearest pals at a match in Europe.
I’ll be in Europe, however not in France. I’m internet hosting a small group in Italy in the course of all of it, plus a cruise across the Adriatic. I can’t wait to be in some Italian bars watching Italy or the All Blacks play.
If you happen to’re going to be in France for the RWC, there are some things to be sure you’ve sorted earlier than you go.
Will you be driving in Europe?
Firstly, test when your New Zealand (or whichever nation you’re from) driver’s license expires as you’ll want that, plus you’ll want an Worldwide Driver’s Allow (IDP).
My license expires subsequent month (they run for 10 years right here), so I lined up right now on the AA (Vehicle Affiliation) to get my new one sorted and was issued a brief license whereas I await it to reach. Then as soon as it does, I can apply for the IDP. Additionally they instructed me IDPs can solely be issued in case your license has not less than a yr left to run earlier than it expires. (*runs to pockets to test)
The IDP prices $45 and also you’ll want a passport-size photograph. You may apply on-line or in particular person with the AA.
If you’re renting a automotive, you’ll love this put up on tips on how to drive in France the place author Delwyn Sinclair did a 2-week highway journey in France.
Examine your journey insurance coverage
Have you ever taken Complete Journey Insurance coverage cowl? That’s good. But when you will be doing a cruise as effectively, have you ever checked the cruise add-on field? Some insurance coverage corporations cost an additional levy to be coated for cruises. If you happen to don’t have a NZ motorcycle license, don’t journey any bikes over 50CC.
Print out your insurance coverage certificates and take it with you, plus electronic mail a replica of it to somebody at house (subsequent of kin) in case they should help.
Right here is my put up on how to decide on which journey insurance coverage is correct for you.
Log your journey with MFAT
This isn’t one thing I’ve executed earlier than, however the SafeTravel.govt.nz web site, not solely lists international locations and areas with journey warnings (which, by the way in which, your journey insurance coverage received’t cowl you in), however asks Kiwis so as to add their journey particulars when going overseas to allow them to show you how to if some nationwide emergency arises.
In fact, it’s a little bit of a ache, however it’s one solution to ensure that they know the place you’re if (God forbid) there’s an earthquake, flood, terrorist assault, and many others. You could possibly do like I do and plan to enter your particulars by ‘marking your self protected’, however that sort of defeats the aim doesn’t it, when you can’t really get to the web DURING a disaster…
Inform your financial institution
It’s at all times a good suggestion to ship a message to your financial institution (you are able to do this by way of your on-line banking, or ship an electronic mail) to allow them to know your journey dates and international locations you can be visiting. That means your spending received’t be marked as fraud and your playing cards stopped whereas they attempt to make contact with you to make sure it truly is you spending up a storm!
Bear in mind to vote!
In New Zealand we’ve our common election on October 14, 2023. If you will be away for it (the RWC ultimate is October 28), forged your vote early earlier than you permit. Early voting begins October 2.
Earlier than September 27, the Electoral Fee web site may have up to date data on tips on how to forged your vote from abroad, both at a consulate or on-line.
Watch out for scammers and choose pockets
I’m taking two teams totalling 26 individuals away to Europe, and I certain as heck hope nobody in my group will get scammed or their issues stolen. Be tremendous conscious in crowded areas of pickpockets jostling you in a market or on public transport whereas their confederate is nicking your pockets!
I promote a lovely leather-based journey bag, made in Italy, which may be worn in your entrance or again, and it’s ultimate for this kind of factor with zip pockets that you are able to do up your jacket over, or simply clasp your palms over the entrance. Transport NZ-wide solely, soz.
Utilizing ride-share in France
It goes with out saying, however don’t get right into a taxi till you’ve verified it’s respectable. (See above!)
You will discover Uber in France, however additionally they produce other ride-share apps. Try Free-Now, which is utilized in many cities throughout Europe. Rick Steves recommends it, in addition to a few different apps. And if it’s adequate for journey guru Rick Steves!
RWC 2023 schedule
And at last, in case you need to test which video games shall be taking part in when you find yourself in Italy or in your cruise (*wink), right here’s the Rugby World Cup schedule on their web site.
Go the ALL BLACKS!
You would possibly prefer to learn my put up on the translation of Kapa o Pango, the All Blacks haka.