My Top Tips For Healthy And Safe Travelling
Posted on: 10 October 2014 by William Freddy Hope
Having a medical condition doesn’t always mean you have to cut back on all the things you used to enjoy. Many people are unaware of the options available to them in terms of travel and holidaying abroad, and as a result of this the idea of leaving home for an extended period can be a daunting prospect. Here’s my top tips for healthy and safe travel
Check with Your Doctor
Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss whether travel is an option for you. You are still able to fly with many medical conditions and often special arrangements can be made with airlines if they are required. You can check here if your condition could affect your fitness to fly.
Make Sure You’re Covered
Whether you’re fit and healthy or have a medical complaint, you should always ensure you have adequate insurance when travelling abroad. Every year a quarter of Brits travel abroad without insurance – consider this alongside the statistic that one person in five has visited a doctor or hospital while abroad. Travelling without insurance is a big risk: accidents do happen and the last thing you want is to be paying a large sum in medical fees. It’s also very important to make sure you declare any pre-existing medical conditions before you embark on your trip; Able2Travel's website contains plenty of useful information about this.
Choose Your Resort Carefully
Unless you’re a keen hiker, there’s nothing worse than getting to your resort and realising that your hotel is at the top of a hill! Make sure you check out your resort’s features to ensure they suit your needs. Hilly resorts can cause problems with those who are less able, and if you want a quiet, relaxing holiday avoid resorts aimed towards 18 to 30s as they tend to have boisterous night life. If you have any special requirements, make sure you inform the hotel or travel company well in advance so that can make the necessary arrangements for your arrival.
Ensure you have all the medication required for the length of your trip and that you have informed the airline if you need to take any specialist equipment onto the plane. Be sure to check the climate; many European countries have changeable weather conditions and you don’t want to be caught out in your shorts if it rains! On the other hand, check the advisory Sun Protection Factor (SPF) for your country of choice. Hotter climates require higher factors and should be reapplied frequently.