Traveling is one of the greatest joys in life. Meeting new people, sampling different cuisines and simply enjoying yourself – what’s not to love?
However, people often leave their comfort zones when traveling and, while this is a great thing, it can sometimes lead to accidents and injuries. Here are some to avoid when traveling.
Travelers often hire cars or motorbikes to get around. This can be a great way to see a new city and make the most of your trip. However, driving in an unknown city can be dangerous. No matter whether you’re in America, India or France, all cities have busy roads with unexpected hazards and obstacles. So, make sure to drive with caution. When driving, the types of accidents that can cause injuries often occur when you let your guard down and lose concentration, so make sure you take it seriously. Be careful when crossing roads as a pedestrian or cyclist, too.
Dehydration is a common occurrence among travelers. Why? Because people often travel to hot countries and dart around, eager to see all the sights and forgetting to drink enough water. Dehydration can be extremely serious and you could become very unwell. Make sure you always carry a water bottle around with you and fill it up when possible.
Similarly, sunburn regularly occurs when traveling. Like dehydration, this is because travelers often visit hot places and busy themselves under the midday sun. Locals living in hot countries will often siesta in the hottest hours, but travelers usually don’t. However, it’s a sensible option. Staying out of the midday sun, regularly applying sunblock and covering up will prevent painful, sore and blistering skin.
Trips and falls
Trips and falls are common when traveling, mainly because people tend to be more relaxed and carefree. You might be walking on a slippery surface next to a pool, or crossing cobbled roads in flimsy sandals. Trips and falls might not seem like too much to worry about, but they can lead to serious injuries such as broken bones or a concussion. While it’s totally OK to let your hair down on your travels, pay attention to where you’re walking and don’t forget to bring some appropriate footwear.
It’s certainly an unpleasant stereotype that all travelers drink too much. Most are sensible and drink in moderation. However, it’s generally true that travelers like to enjoy themselves and might have a drink every now and then, especially at beach parties or festivals. There’s nothing wrong with this, but make sure you drink in moderation. Alcohol poisoning is common among travelers and can be extremely serious. You don’t want to find yourself on a drip or have your stomach pumped – so be sensible and know your limits.