As global icons go, few are as instantly recognisable as the looming, welcoming presence of the Statue of Liberty. Ellis Island’s famous figurine is a must for any visitor to the United States of America.
However, whilst it’s important to see and experience, it’s equally important that you do so safely. Should you need to claim for travel accident compensation, then professional help is easily available but the following guide should help your trip go off without a hitch.
Avoiding holiday accidents visiting the Statue of Liberty:
Before you travel
– Check you have everything in order with regards to your passport and visa. Nothing cuts a holiday short quite like not getting past the borders.
– Book your tickets. It will come as no surprise that tours to Ellis Island to see the Statue of Liberty are extremely popular and book up fast, so preparing early can help avoid a disappointment every bit as strong as the emotions associated with falling ill on holiday.
Getting to the island
– Allow plenty of time between arriving and your ferry’s departure. Visitors must go through an airport-style security screening process, so make sure you don’t have anything that may cause a problem.
– Take any necessary medication. Though the boat journey is fairly brief, it’s still enough for those particularly susceptible to sea sickness to feel queasy, so take tablets and don’t ruin your trip by suffering illness on holiday.
Exploring the island
– Dress appropriately. The climb to the top of the monument is a testing 354 steps in an environment that is both enclosed and busy. Visitors in summer time should also be aware that temperatures will be high. Good hydration and awareness are key to preventing any accidents abroad.
– Be prepared. The interior is not air conditioned so temperatures can be as much as 20 degrees higher inside than out. There are also no restrooms inside the actual statue, while the climb to the crown is not recommended for those with physical impairments.
– Be aware. Park rangers are visible and available at all times during your trip, should you require assistances with an illness or injury on holiday, or for any other queries or difficulties you may encounter.
If you do suffer an accident abroad on holiday, Accident Advice Helpline will be there every step of the way, should you wish to make a claim for holiday accident compensation following the incident and subsequent injuries.