Photo by Anugrah Lohiya from Pexels
Travelling is one of the greatest things we get to do in life. New cultures, new foods and just all round different experiences from the ones we would have staying at home. Using your holiday days from work or packing in the daily grind, throwing caution to the wind and setting off for several months are important moments for all of us. But amongst the excitement and wonder, there can be things that go wrong. Nobody wants to be the downer that reminds every one of the possible negatives, but you’ve prepared every aspect of your trip so far, so let’s make sure you’ve got problems and emergencies covered as well.
Starting with the worst thing that can happen, a medical emergency. If you’re in a foreign land, it can be incredibly stressful to find yourself in urgent need of healthcare. As Smarter Travel says, there are ways to salvage your trip but seeing yourself fit and healthy is most important. First and foremost, find yourself a good doctor. If you need to seek advice on this issue then you should contact your local embassy or consulate. They will help you in times of crisis, and needing a medical professional is one of those occasions.
If your illness is something treatable than make sure you nurse yourself back to full health. Increasing your vitamins, eating well and generally taking it easy is the best way to get yourself up and travel ready again. However, depending on the severity of your illness, you may not be able to travel home without continued medical attention. If that is the case, you should look into medical flight companies that will help you get back safe and sound.
Getting injured or falling ill on holiday should not be ignored until you can get home. There are plenty more days for you to get out there and experience the world, make sure you don’t do yourself long-term damage to prevent that from happening.
Other problems that occur may seem to pale in significance to a medical emergency but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important. Remember, everything is relative to your situation so don’t rate problems based on the extremes. For example, if you’re on a long haul flight and the food options are limited for you, that can be incredibly problematic. Dietary requirements are important for airlines to meet and if you’re flying for a significant period of time, not eating could cause illness further down the line. Ensure you have informed the airline ahead of time, and make sure that you prepare yourself with some snacks just in case you are let down.
You might think they have a requirement to serve you properly, and they do, but it doesn’t mean they will. So be prepared.
Thinking of the things that can go wrong on holiday is not preparing for your trip to fail, but it is being responsible and understanding that problems can occur and dealing with them swiftly can save your travel experience.