Travelling overseas is a favourite way to have a holiday for many people, young and old alike. Especially people from Australia love Bali and Asian destination for their holidays. However, when you go overseas there can be hidden dangers that can cause illness or injury, or somehow spoil your holiday. Here are some must-dos before you travel to make your overseas holiday safer.
- Take out travel insurance. While it seems like just another way to spend money, it can also save a lot if you should get ill or be injured. You can also insure for loss of clothing and equipment such as phone or tablet, and additional accommodation, should something go wrong with your plans.
- Plan your trip carefully. Make sure your travel agent chooses accommodation that is in the ‘good’ part of any city and works with overseas agencies for tours or tour guides that can be trusted. Besides, comfortable accommodation will make your stay more pleasant.
- Choose the planes that are considered to have the best safety record. The extra cost is worth it.
- Drink only bottled water and make sure you have enough. Make sure you stay hydrated, It is easy to get dehydrated and not realise it, when you are travelling.
- Make sure your travel documents are kept safe and keep copies of them also.
- Only go to countries that have fewer terrorist activities.
- If you are on medication, always take more than you need in case of a delay.
- Always let someone you trust know where you are going and when you are due back.
- Get plenty of rest. You cannot enjoy a holiday if you are tired all the time.
- Don’t eat foods that are cooked on the street corner. They are likely to be contaminated with bugs your system is not used to. No sense in getting ‘Delhi Belly’.
- Don’t walk around dark streets alone. Take a friend or a taxi.
- It is better to go on an overseas trip with a group of friends than alone. That way, if anything bad happens you will have the support you need.
On holidays, there are plenty of activities to do that you probably won’t be used to doing. Don’t be pushed into taking part in an activity you are not comfortable with. Jet-skiing, diving, abseiling or climbing all require a degree of skill you may not possess. It is easy to sustain an injury doing such things when your fitness levels are not up to scratch, not to mention not having the skills needed.
If you want to enjoy those things, do a bit of training before you leave so you will at least know if the guide knows what he is doing, safety-wise. Older holiday-makers should pace themselves so that they don’t get too tired to enjoy their holiday.