Nobody wants to spend their holiday sitting in a waiting room or laid up in a hospital bed, but unfortunately, travel accidents and illnesses are fairly common. If you are heading off on holiday, or planning an around the world trip, here are some tips to help you keep travel illness and injury at bay.
Common travel illness accidents
Travel accidents can be caused by external factors, but often they are a result of poor judgement or unusual behaviour; many people do things they would not consider doing at home and one of the most common causes of travel accidents is drinking too much alcohol. Alcohol affects your judgement, as well as your balance and coordination, and a night on the tiles can end in disaster, with accidents such as falls, drowning and asphyxiation a real problem in party resorts.
Road accidents abroad are also common, and this is due to a number of factors; firstly, you may not be used to the car you are driving, secondly, the roads are unfamiliar and lastly, there may be hazards that you haven’t come across before.
Unfortunately, many people suffer from travel illness when they travel abroad; the most common examples include:
- colds and flu
- insect bites
One of the main reasons people suffer from stomach upsets is their diet when they go abroad; if you are not used to the water, drinking tap water can be dangerous and will almost certainly result in an unsettled stomach. If food is not cooked through, or you eat salad or fruit that have been washed in tap water, this can also be problematic.
Preventing travel accidents and illnesses
You want your holiday to be relaxing, fun and memorable for the right reasons, so here are some simple steps you can take to help reduce the risk of travel illness:
- always drink bottled water and avoid tap water
- do not eat salad or anything else that could have been washed in tap water
- ensure that all food is cooked through; this is particularly important for meat and shellfish
- stay hydrated
- drink in moderation
- drive safely and avoid speeding
- take care when walking around the swimming pool and standing on your balcony
If you’ve been involved in an accident abroad, and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make a travel accident claim. Call Accident Advice Helpline today to discuss your claim with a personal injury lawyer on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown