It’s not hard to see why, we save all year around and look forward to our break in the sun, so in our little world, of course we’re not going to get ill or have an accident! Unfortunately however, these things do happen, so to cut out the chances of bad luck striking in your direction, let’s look at a few things we can do to make it less likely.
Cut out stress
Sort out all your travel plans in good time, so you don’t get yourself into a total frenzy on travel day. Drive yourself to the airport so you're calm and have total control over your day plus no one is burdened by having to taxi you around. Why not spoil yourself a bit -- you're on vacation after all! A friend fell in love with this splurge the first time they used a car park in Edinburgh. They used Edinburgh airport parking and fell in love. You can use places like this all over the world. Look into ParkBCP’s deals. This is the first one I used and I found them to be very reasonable. Certainly cheaper than long term parking at the airport itself. Now I always look forward to my stress-free journey. That way I know I’ll always be calm and grounded when it comes to checking in, which is the best possible start.
Think travel health
If you are at risk of deep vein thrombosis, even in the slightest, take precautions. Wear compression stockings – yes, I know they’re not overly fashionable, but wear them under leggings, jeans, skirts etc, and nobody will be none the wiser! You can always whip them off in the airport when you land. Drink plenty of water or juice, avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks, including fizzy coca cola, and get up and walk around the cabin whenever possible. This will mean you land both in resort and back home, healthily. Be sure to continue your daily fitness exercises while away- and don't forget to stretch!
Consider your food choices
We all know that famous tummy bug which strikes tourists in resorts. This is caused often by drinking the local water, which is never advised. Instead, drink bottled water only, and even brush your teeth in it – don’t leave anything to chance. The same can be said for salads and fruit that might have been washed in tap water, however in large resorts this generally won’t be the case. As for food, make sure everything you eat is cooked, and if you’re not sure, just don’t eat it.
Insure it all the way!
Travel insurance is the major must-do for any travel plan, let alone holiday. Make sure you book it, take it with you, and declare all pre-existing medical conditions. Never be tempted to withhold any information, as your policy will be null and void if you need medical attention for that problem whilst away on holiday. If you’re planning on doing any adventure sports, make sure your policy covers you for that too, and you may need to buy a special form if this is the case – read all small print if you’re not sure.
Be alcohol aware
Yes, you’re on holiday, so of course you’re going to have a few drinks, but just be aware that measurements of alcohol are often stronger overseas, so it might be worthwhile nominating a ‘sober person’ per night, to look after everyone in the group, and make sure everyone stays together and gets home safely.
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