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6 Health and Safety Concerns for Travel

6 Health and Safety Concerns for Summer Travelers

6 Health and Safety Concerns for Summer Travel

Summer travel is just around the corner! Whether you are traveling for sight-seeing, adventure travel or wellness, each type of trip and destination will pose a unique set challenges. Careful planning and a great travel insurance policy are your best bets for creating a safe and fun experience.

These are a few of the most common challenges summer travelers face and how to avoid them!

1. Travelers’ Diarrhea

As many as 30-70% of all travelers experience traveler’s diarrhea, depending on the destination and the season in which they travel. Low to intermediate risk destinations include the North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa and Europe. Destinations with greater risk include Mexico, countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South America. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping.

How to Avoid:

Be cautious when selecting food and beverages. Bring water purification tablets or tools, or opt for bottled water while you are abroad. You may even need to avoid ice in your drinks as ice is typically made from local tap water and not purified or bottled water. Stick to foods that are cooked thoroughly, produce with thick peels, and dining venues that have proper food preparation standards in place. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and keep a bottle of alcohol-based sanitizer with you in case handwashing is not possible.

2. Dehydration

Dehydration often goes hand-in-hand with travelers’ diarrhea as the fear of contaminated water can lead to travelers drinking less or opting for bottled, sugary drinks. Mild dehydration can lead to headaches or a lack of energy. If these symptoms are ignored, severe dehydration can land you in a foreign hospital.

How to Avoid:

Watch for these early warning signs and take into account any extra activities or changes in climate that may require you to increase your fluid intake. When traveling in warmer climates, try to save your most strenuous activities for the cooler mornings or evenings and take a break from the midday sun.

3. Injury

If you are traveling on a fast-paced tour or participating in adventure activities this is one to watch out for. You may find yourself putting in long hours outside or hiking to remote destinations. These activities can pose a greater risk for injuries and accidents. A sprained ankle or broken bone is not an ideal way to end your trip. Be mindful of your physical limits!

How to Avoid:

Use wisdom in selecting activities that you will try on your trip. Choose ones that match your skill set and experience level. This will not only help keep you safe, but make your trip more enjoyable. Bring appropriate footwear for the activities on your itinerary. Flip flops are great for the shower and beach, but useless on a hike!

4. Mosquito-borne illnesses

The world’s deadliest creature doesn’t have fangs, claws or a fierce growl. The humble mosquito takes this title. Malaria by itself takes more than 400,00 lives each year and the total number of deaths due to mosquito-related diseases is said to be over 800,000.

How to Avoid:

If you are traveling to a region where mosquito-borne diseases are rampant, check the CDC website to make sure you have all the appropriate vaccinations. Our summer travel guide has tips and links to help you find the right gear for regions where mosquitos thrive.

5. Baggage or identity theft

Lost or stolen items can create major problems when you are traveling abroad — especially if you lose an important document, your passport, or cash. Even if your travel insurance covers lost and stolen items, these can be a hassle to replace.

How to Avoid:

The less you look like a wide-eyed tourist the better. Keep your wits about you and try to read your surroundings. Avoid traveling by foot alone or at night. Purchase a money belt for your passport and cash and make sure you keep copies of all your important documents at another secure location. Don’t bring expensive jewelry, irreplaceable personal items, or technology you can live without.

6. Getting lost

Today’s travelers love to get “off the beaten path” and explore the local culture without a strict itinerary. Getting a little lost might be a great adventure, but completely losing your sense of direction in an unknown city is anything but fun. With thoughtful preparation you can explore to your heart’s content without the fear of getting stranded somewhere unfamiliar.

How to Avoid:

Before exploring a foreign city, try to familiarize yourself with the area and learn major streets, buildings and landmarks. Write down the address for your hotel or accommodations in case you need to share these with a taxi or bus driver. Make sure at least one person in your group knows enough of the local language to ask directions or get help finding a familiar location. Avoid exploring after dark and stick to groups of three or more.

Shawna Levet

Shawna is passionate about helping travel agents grow their business and expand their knowledge as travel experts. She has been in the travel industry since 2011, helping agents and travelers alike find the best negotiated airfare and travel coverage to meet their needs.

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