Travel can be an opportunity to broaden the mind and see the world. At the very least, it gives us a chance to unwind and break free of our daily routine—and who doesn’t enjoy that? It’s good to get free . . . but you may want to think twice before you get wild. Although a big part of your holiday may be trying new things, remember that a little common sense goes a long way towards keeping your trip safe, healthy, and enjoyable.
Use common sense when engaging in new activities.
There may be all kinds of new activities available to you while on vacation, such as parasailing, waterskiing, zip-lining, driving vehicles like dune buggies or scooters, scuba diving, and snorkelling. Some things to keep in mind:
- Are the operators licensed? Do they have a good reputation online and/or on the resort?
- Are they knowledgeable, properly trained, and willing and able to answer all your questions?
- Is the equipment in good repair? Are helmets, life jackets, and other safety equipment provided with clear instructions and tutorials?
- If you’re going to drive in a foreign country, do you know the local rules of the road?
- Are the environmental conditions safe? In other words, are roads or trails in a reasonable state of repair? Is the water sufficiently calm and at an appropriate depth and distance from rocks or reefs?
Keep in mind that activities like scuba diving require certification.
(Read about experiences learning to dive here.)
Before you arrive…
It’s a good idea to research activities before you’re at the vacation spot so you know what you’re getting into beforehand. That way you can be a little more spontaneous while you’re actually there.
Try new foods, but consider the source. And try not to over-indulge.
Food safety standards may be different at your destination. Have you researched the best sources for tourists and travellers? A lot of us like to forget our diet on vacation. Even so, be careful about overeating, since indigestion can put a stop to your fun.
If you drink, remember to do so responsibly.
There are lots of good reasons to enjoy alcohol responsibly and drink in moderation. It’s a good idea to keep your wits about you in unfamiliar environments. It’s also polite (remember you’re a guest in the country you’re visiting!), and nothing ruins a vacation like a raging hangover!
Be mindful of local laws and customs.
As a guest in the country you’re visiting, it’s up to you to be a good one. That means researching local laws and customs ahead of time to avoid offending locals or, worse, running afoul of the law. You definitely don’t want legal trouble in a foreign country.
Research potential downsides before your trip.
Whether you’re participating in adventure travel to an exotic destination with unknown factors, or off to a resort to relax, it’s a good idea to research for travel advisories and up-to-date information from other travellers and government agencies.
Be prepared with appropriate medication.
Make sure you have any prescription medication you need to take, as well as products like allergy pills, headache pills, or over-the-counter remedies for indigestion or nausea. And if you have a serious allergy, don’t forget to pack your EpiPen. And have documentation for any prescriptions you’re carrying.
If you’re on vacation for an extended period, consider your fitness routine.
Why would anyone want to work out on vacation? Actually, many people do, and that’s why resorts and cruise ships have gyms. Exercise is good for both mind and body, so consider a run on the beach or a visit to available facilities for a workout, yoga session, or dance class. This way, when it’s time to head home, you’ll be refreshed and fit as you head back to work.
Don’t forget travel insurance!
Research what you need. The best thing to do is consult with a qualified and knowledgeable professional to help you choose the right travel insurance plan for you. Keep in mind that different people have different needs, from the everyday travel plans to insurance for high-risk activities like sky diving.
Relax and enjoy yourself.
Finally, armed with common sense and preparation beforehand, remember to have fun and enjoy your vacation!
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