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AWAY WITHOUT A PADDLE

Holiday is a time for relaxing. A lot of us work hard all year, looking forward to the time when we can kick back and let loose. So, it makes sense that we don’t like to think about the holiday mishaps which could hit while we’re away. Don’t we do enough stressing already? Maybe so, and in an ideal world, the things that could go wrong wouldn’t even be a consideration. But, as backwards as it may seem, spending a small amount of time considering what could happen is the best way to ensure issues don’t ruin your holiday. If you know the possibilities, you’ll have a better understanding of how to solve them. And, when the issue’s resolved, the holiday can return to relax mode. So, here are a few potential issues you might want to think about before you next go away.

WHEN ILLNESS STRIKES

The chances are, you’re gasping in horror right now. Illness and holiday are two words which should never appear together. This is like saying Macbeth in the theatre! But, as much as we don’t like to consider it, illness doesn’t hold back because you’re away. In fact, the strain your body experiences during flight could bring issues to the surface.

If you’re going abroad, the first step is to get health insurance. As returning to relaxation is the name of the game, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. With insurance, you won’t need to worry about finding money. It’ll all be covered.

If you’re sticking close to home, you should do your research. Find out about emergency dentists near the area you’re staying. Dental surgeries like The Edge Dental operate a 24-hour service which could save your holiday. Make sure, too, that you know where you nearest pharmacies and hospital are.

THE THREAT OF THEFT

Another thing that doesn’t bear thinking about is theft while you’re away. But, again, we’re going to think about it. There’s no getting around the fact that tourists are fantastic for thieves. They don’t know the area; they’re likely carrying cash. And, they’re unlikely to stick around and make a police report. The perfect victims! The best thing you can do is stay vigilant. Don’t leave bags unattended. Keep money in a body belt if you can. And, make sure not to take all your holiday funds out at one time. Take only what you’ll need each day. That way, you won’t lose everything should a thief target you.

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LOST IN TRANSLATION

While less severe, getting lost can ruin your relaxation too. As such, it’s best to be avoided. The trouble with getting lost in another country is that you can’t even ask for directions. Make sure that’s not an issue by carrying a translation book with you everywhere you go. But, prevention is better than cure. When you arrive, take the time to familiarise yourself with your surroundings. Walk around the local town and ensure your know how to get back to where you’re staying.

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