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Holidays are meant to be all about relaxation. Not having to worry about what happens next, forgetting all your troubles at home and doing something out of the ordinary – that’s what most of us do on a typical vacation, but from personal experience, I know that even on holiday, unexpected things can happen which can ruin your good time!
In the past year, I’ve been injured four times – once is bad enough! Getting rammed by a buffalo while on my travels in India was one of the strangest things I have ever experienced; hopefully, something that weird only happens once in a blue moon. However, as I found out recently, injuries in general on vacations abroad are surprisingly common.
A survey of British holiday makers found that a number of people got hurt when they went overseas doing what seemed like relatively safe activities in secure, risk-free settings. Some of the results of the survey really stood out, confirming that I wasn’t alone in being hurt in unusual circumstances, but what were they?
17% said they were hurt while sightseeing, which seemed odd at first. However, I realised that sightseeing is the biggest part of any holiday, especially if you go to the same places that I do! 14% said they were hurt on the beach, 11% in the car, 10% by the poolside and 9% while in their hotel/apartment.
For each setting, there are a number of things you can do to ensure you don’t end up having to go to hospital. Here are some top tips I have for any of you who are going on holiday and don’t want to come back home wearing a cast and having a massive medical bill to pay:
- Be aware of your surroundings. Even though you want to take in the sights and relax, don’t forget to take in any potential hazards that might cause problems later.
- Buckle up, no matter what. You’ll never regret the extra safety precaution when driving in a holiday location where you feel out of your element.
- Take smart risks. Of course people enjoy adventure travel, for example, but make sure to check out tour providers beforehand to make sure they have good reviews and strong experience before putting your safety in the hands of others.
- Think twice. If something still seems like a smart idea after giving it extra thought, then by all means, go ahead and do it. But on holiday it can be easy to react on pure emotion, which can also get you into more trouble in a new place.
- Look around your accommodation for any faults, and raise them with the hotel manager.
- Do you research before you go. Check travel advice across blogs and guides, know which areas should be avoided and read-up on travel scams in the area and you’ll be fully prepared in advance of your trip.