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Tips For Staying Safe On Holiday

Perhaps you’ve fallen ill on holiday or worse still, had your things stolen (unbelievably I had stuff stolen in a Hungarian police station whilst reporting a crime!)  Here are some tips to stay safe in association with Irwin Mitchell.

Do you have a holiday coming up? Perhaps a relaxing stay at a five-star beach resort, or a fun adventure hiking through the Andes? Whatever you choose to do, it’s important to take the necessarily precautions so you can stay safe while you are away. 

Gather intel before you go

Before you go, you should gather as much information as you can about your route, destination, accommodations and planned activities. If you are utilising the services of a travel agent, make sure the company is ATOL or ABTA protected. You should only travel with licensed tour operators and holiday companies.

Additionally, you should be aware of any health concerns that may be present in the region where you will be traveling. Find out whether you need any vaccinations or medical testing done before you depart, and also whether your holiday will require a greater degree of physical fitness than you possess. You should also be aware of whether or not you can drink the tap water and any food-related issues about the place you will be visiting.

Pack some hand sanitizer

For any traveller, hand sanitizer is a must. Even if you are staying at a resort with world-class accommodations or a luxury cruise ship, think about the number of people who touch those hand railing every day, or use that choice lounge chair by the pool. Hand sanitizer will help keep you from getting a nasty bug that could keep you in bed for the whole holiday. And it won’t take up too much space in your suitcase.

Hand sanitiser

Watch your belongings

Things seem to have a way of disappearing once you arrive in a strange city. To avoid theft, make sure to keep all valuables safe, either locked in your hotel room or carefully hidden in your bag. You may also be able to ask the hotel to put any valuables into the hotel safe.

Choose your activities wisely

If you wish to attempt some thrill-seeking ventures while you are away, make sure the guides and instructors are all insured and certified, and that your safety is a priority with them. 

White water rafting

Know where to get help

Should an accident or illness occur, then you should be aware of how to take care of yourself. You should know where the closest hospital is and have local emergency numbers handy, as well as contact information for your doctor at home. If you experience illness or accident on holiday, you should speak with a lawyer to get holiday claim advice.

These are just a few precautions you should take before a big trip. What are some other ways to stay safe while traveling? Leave us a note in the comments below!

  • 21st Century Mummy


    All good tips. My 2 year old had an accident in Bali recently. Tripped over and hit a step and split open her forehead. We had no idea where to take her. Taxi took us to a fairly unsanitary looking clinic. Thank god for the internet as we ended up googling “good expat hospital Bali” and it came up with a fantastic hospital that had a plastic surgeon. We learnt a valuable lesson, to make sure we know the nearest good hospital next time we go away! That and have travel insurance which thankfully we did have as it cost a lot of money!

    • Nicola

      argh, poor you!

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