We should rightly focus on all the fun aspects of going on a holiday abroad. They give us a break from the every day, they’re bags of fun, and they give us a hefty dose of adventure. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s not always all fun and games when you’re visiting a foreign country. There are plenty of things that can go wrong when you’re in a slightly more free-spirited frame of mind, and especially so when you’re in a country where you don’t speak the language. Below, we take a look at some of the more common injuries that Britons suffer when out of the country.
Enthusiasm can be a dangerous thing. We’re super excited to be on an adventure, and push ourselves to take our endurance and energy to the maximum. But then sometimes we go too far. When we find ourselves in a beautiful corner of the world, we’re very often tempted to throw on the hiking boots and tackle the longest, most challenging, most picturesque trail there is. Except it’s been years since we’ve been hiking, and this trail is far too much of it. Tiredness kicks in, we hit a loose rock, and bam, we’ve rolled our ankle.
On the Roads
Driving in a foreign country always sounds good during the planning stages of the trip, when you correctly surmise that having a set of wheels will allow you to see much more of the spot. But when you get there, you realise that there’s something you hadn’t considered — that driving in that spot is different from driving back home. Sometimes it’s confusing, sometimes the local drivers are more reckless. When overseas, it’s important that you take it easy when you first get behind the wheel. If you’re involved in an incident that wasn’t your fault, take yourself to a hospital, and speak to solicitors once you’re back home. You can often make a claim for compensation even if the incident happened in another country.
Us Brits find ourselves in unfamiliar terrain when we’re overseas. Everything seems to be made of some weird marble material, and then there’s the whole business of the side of the pool. Either of these things is highly capable of causing a routine slip, so make sure that you’re taking it easy. Walk slowly! This is more of an issue for children, especially next to the pool, so keep an extra eye on the little ones when you’re spending a day at the pool.
We go abroad to get our fill of sun, but who knew that the sun could be so vindictive? We’re just trying to work on our tan here, yet the sun has to ramp things up. Suddenly, we’re burned. Don’t let your enthusiasm for the sunshine override your common sense: if you spend too long in the sun, then you’ll cause damage to your skin, and it will be painful. Wear suntan lotion, drink water, and avoid direct sun between 1 – 4 pm.