If you’re preparing to embark on an international globetrotting adventure backpacking abroad, you’re probably thinking about immunisations, making plans and basking in the sun, rather than travel accidents.
While many people enjoy an adventure of a lifetime without any glitches, it’s always best to be aware of potential hazards when backpacking abroad. Here are some tips to help you stay safe and swerve holiday accidents.
Staying safe when backpacking abroad
If you’re travelling abroad and hopping from one country to another this summer, here are some handy hints to help you stay safe when backpacking abroad:
- Plan ahead and create a rough itinerary; leave contact details, hotel or hostel names and flight numbers with family and close friends
- Avoid travelling with large sums of cash on your person
- Use a money belt to store valuable safely
- Avoid flashing cameras, phones and music players around
- Stick to well-lit, busy areas of large cities, especially at night
- Try to avoid travelling alone
- Dont hitch hike or pick up hitch hikers
- Ensure you book travel immunisations well in advance of your departure date
- Keep a first aid kit with you
- Drink bottled water only
- Take care when ordering food, especially from street stalls
- Take anti-malaria tablets if recommended
- Be wary of tourist traps and scams
- Be very careful when driving abroad or hiring a scooter; there may be a higher risk of road accidents than there is at home
- Keep in touch with friends and family
- Carry details of any allergies around your neck or wrist; you can buy specially designed chains and bracelets to warn people about medical conditions
- Store an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number in your phone
- Always ensure you have travel insurance before you leave the UK
Can I claim compensation for an accident when backpacking abroad?
If you’ve been injured abroad and you were not at fault, there is a possibility that you may
be able to claim travel accident compensation. If you were travelling with a UK tour operator, you should be able to make a holiday accident claim, provided that you have evidence to show that you were not at fault for your injuries.
If you think you may have a case for compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Our expert personal injury lawyers work on a no-win no-fee* basis and we have more than 15 years of experience in the personal injury claims industry.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice