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    Survivor Guide: Family Holidays


    A family holiday is often the highlight of the year! Getting free of the stresses and strains of everyday life with your loved ones while experiencing new surroundings is a treat, but one that is not free of danger. When away from home it is important to know all about travel accident compensation and keeping away from potential hazards.

    How do I make sure my family and I avoid filing for travel accident compensation?

    New surroundings and feeling the relaxation of a holiday can open you up to all sorts of dangers, but most can be avoided easily without creating a negative trip away. Here are a few tips for keeping safe and having fun:

    • Watch the Children – Children are often a source of worry for any parent on holiday. Little ones, and sometimes not so little ones, are a greater risk for holiday accidents – however making sure they are safe can be a manageable task. Always ensure you know what the kids are doing and where they are doing it; to make sure they are not putting themselves in danger. Also helping to maintain a good level of hygiene can avoid illnesses and journeys to hospitals or doctors.
    • Travel Safely – Day trips are a fun aspect of a holiday, but making sure that transportation is safe is important. Items such as bicycles should always be rented from reputable sources to avoid potential holiday hazards. Also, when hiring cars abroad a little research into the country’s specific road rules should be done so you are prepared.
    • Prepare Food Thoroughly – A family barbeque or meal can be an exciting part of a holiday, but making sure food is cooked properly is important. Ingredients need to be fresh and cooking guidelines should be followed to avoid vacation mishaps, and keep you healthy and free to enjoy your time.
    • Get Insurance – Travel insurance is perhaps the most significant aspect when preparing for your holiday. Most high street banks and supermarkets now provide cover, which can help with any health care costs when on your travels. It’s important to remember that many foreign countries charge for medical services, which can put a strain on funds while away from home. It is also important to remember to take your European Health Insurance Card when travelling within the EU, as this will entitle you to some treatment while abroad. The EHIC does not cover all eventualities, insurance policies can cover additional medical care, but will give you access to the free health care benefits that citizens of the country receive. It is important to have this card even if you have insurance, as some policies state in the small print that a EHIC is needed.

    Accidents on holiday can put a damper on your experience, but following our survival tips may well keep you safe and help you to enjoy your travels.

    Date Published: November 10, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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