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For many of us, travel is the ultimate fantasy. We dream of escaping our mundane realities and jetting away – we dream of jaw dropping scenery, life altering experience, meeting new friends and all sorts of wonderful things. And while it’s true that travel can and does offer us all this, it’s not a complete fantasy.
Sometimes unexpected things can happen, and we have to deal with the consequences just as we would back at home. The real trouble is that sorting out things like illness, accidents and crime while abroad is a lot harder when you’re in a foreign country where processes are unfamiliar and you may not even speak the language. Bouncing back from travel problems isn’t impossible – it just takes a cool head and a little forward planning. Here’s how to deal with some common setbacks so they don’t detail your plans completely.
Falling Ill Overseas
Countries across the globe have very different standards and methods of healthcare and plenty of people have found this out the hard way after getting taken ill while travelling. The experience can feel frightening and quite isolating, especially if you aren’t able to communicate your symptoms with medics or are unsure how to access the right healthcare in the country you’re visiting. Always travel with a small prepacked first aid kit backed with basic essentials such as bandages, plastic, antiseptic spray, rehydration Salts, painkillers, and any prescription medications you need to take. This can stop simple conditions escalating and save you having to hunt down a pharmacy in a rush. If you have a situation where you need to go to hospital, try to find someone to accompany you who can translate if you don’t speak the language – local tour guides can be one option. And it goes without saying that comprehensive travel insurance is an absolute must – make sure you get cover which includes things like a emergency transfers back to your home country.
Getting Into An Accident
We tend to do more adventurous things when travelling than we would do at home and have a sense of being invincible. This can be a good sensation, but it does come with the inevitable risk of an accident, especially in unfamiliar terrain. If you’ve hired a boat or a car, you need to consider what happens in the event of a collision. Make sure you’re familiar with the highway code and driving or sailing customs of your host country and be cautious with speed. It can be extremely hard to sort out a complex legal accident case from another country, so make sure you’re covered to get the full value of your case should you need to. Carry an accident kit in the boot of the car as well and remember, if an accident occurs, take plenty of pictures of the scene as these may prove essential later on.
Most travel is a great experience and you are statistically unlikely to encounter problems, but it certainly pays to be prepared and take a little caution. Then you can relax and take in the rest of your trip the right way – stress free.