Friday, 10 March 2017

Staying safe on holiday

I don't know about you but for me, planning a holiday is almost as exciting as actually going on holiday. As soon as I've booked a trip, you'll find me on my laptop researching all the best things to see and of course, looking at all the menus and finding new places to eat! With all the excitement of planning a holiday though, it can be all too easy to forget some of the practicalities such as making sure that you are safe and equipped whilst you are away. 

Michael Jefferies injury lawyers who are holiday sickness solicitors recently got in touch with me* as they have put together an amazing infographic that really highlights the importance of protecting yourself from any hazards whilst you're away. I wanted to share this with you today as I know all too well that a mishap on holiday can really spoil your time away!

To coincide with the infographic, today I wanted to share a few of the things that I always do to ensure that I am looking after me and my little family when we're on holiday....

Make sure we are insured adequately

You never know what might happen whilst you're on holiday so travelling without the correct insurance is just not worth the risk. I got a nasty bout of food poisoning whilst on holiday in Paris a few years ago, something I could not have predicted so having insurance just gives you that protection and peace of mind! 

Keep money in more than one location

.... in case any gets lost or stolen. We like to travel with a mixture of cash and pre-loaded travel cards and I am especially vigilant about storing money in more than one place after my purse was stolen on holiday a few years ago! Don't carry large amounts of cash around, this is a no brainer. 

Research the destination

Basic things like local laws, etiquette, currency, weather and crime rates. It is so helpful to understand these things as the more prepared you are, the more likely you are to stay safe whilst you're away!

Drink bottled water

I always like to do this when we are away, no matter where we go. It avoids the risk of getting poorly from water-borne diseases and is just one of the little things we can do whilst we're away that will help keep us happy and healthy!

Child safety

Finally, when we plan our holidays now we always make safety for little ones a complete priority. As parents, we like to choose our accommodation based on their offer for children. So whether it's making sure that bed guards or stair guards are provided or making sure that hotel pools have locked gates and are supervised properly, little things like this can make all the difference when it comes to staying safe on holiday!

Do you have any tips for staying safe on holiday? Or maybe you have your own holiday horror story that you'd like to share? Let me know in a comment below! 

* Collaborative post but as always, all words are my own!

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