You go on holiday to have a great time – and the majority of time, most people enjoy a fantastic break away from the usual stresses and strains of life. Occasionally though, things go wrong.
So to keep yourself safe and sound when holidaying, we’ve gathered five top tips.
1. Plan your travel
Obviously, to get there in the first place, you’ve booked a flight and got yourself there on time. But once you arrive at your destination, don’t get complacent. It’s a good idea to have arranged transport to your accommodation before you travel. Don’t worry if you haven’t – just make sure you’re always getting into a licensed taxi. For tips on how to spot them, check out Gossewrite’s guide.
Also, as tempting as it may be to try the local methods of transport (motorbikes and tuk tuks, for example), it’s not worth the safety risk.
2. Learn about dangers of the sea
It’s likely you’ll be heading into the sea on holiday. Pay attention to the safety rules and only swim in areas where it’s safe. This is usually indicated by red and yellow flags. Also be wary of rip tides forming as the water flows back under the incoming waves.
Image source: The Australian Beach Safety Guide
3. Be fit enough for any adventures
You wouldn’t set off on a cycling tour of Italy without some training, nor would you go trekking in Nepal without preparation. So don’t do an adventure activity on holiday that you’re not fit enough for. It will just end in tears.
For example, we previously described how fitness for surfing comes down to three major parts – cardio, balance and core strength – and gave tips on how to improve these areas.
Whatever you fancy doing on holiday, make surely you’re physically up for it – or just chill with a cocktail in hand.
4. Know your contacts
Should anything bad happen, you need to know who to contact. Have the number and address of your accommodation saved in your phone and learn emergency contact numbers. For instance, in Europe, the emergency services number is 112 and in the US and in Costa Rica it’s 911.
5. Watch your drinks
You’re on holiday to have a great time – and, for most people, this involves letting your hair down and having a drink. But if you have too much, you’ll become an easy target for theft and you’re more likely to stupidly leave things unattended.
Ultimately, staying safe on holiday is about common sense. As The Aspiring Backpacker says, being aware is one the keys to staying safe abroad. Drinking can inhibit that – so stay within your limits.