The Daily Mail recently wrote an article about the most dangerous countries for Brits traveling abroad. According to law firm Simpson Millar, Greece, Turkey, and Spain are the countries where Brits are most likely to get into trouble while on holiday. In fact, Simpson Millar specifically say that they’re the worst places to visit when it comes to injury and sickness.
Simpson Millar’s head of travel, Nick Harris told the Daily Mail that last year 260 people got sick at one hotel at the same time, and said that both all-inclusive accommodation options and dodgy swimming pools have been directly connected to many incidents.
Mr. Harris has said that there is “literally danger at every turn”, which is something I find hard to believe. I guess it all depends on what your idea of danger is, but for me, some lukewarm food in an all-inclusive resort doesn’t make my danger list.
Look, I’m not disputing that Brits can get into trouble overseas. People tend to let loose while on holiday, and will often take risks that they wouldn’t while at home. However, the benefits of traveling far outweigh the risks and I think the media does enough to dissuade Brits from traveling outside of the UK without worrying the middle class that they may end up dead on their all-inclusive resort vacations.
Mr. Harris also said that Brits can end up with life-long conditions if they get sick or injured abroad, and if they sue they can end up with approximately £3,000 to £50,000. While I agree that tour operators and hotels should be held accountable for gross negligence, I also think that people need to take some responsibility for their own safety. No one expects to have their hand held while making decisions at home, so why should this be the case while they’re traveling?
Travel is a privilege and is something denied to many people who would love to go away. I think we need to focus more on how lucky we are to be able to travel and less on the potential dangers we could face overseas. By no means do I think we should bury our heads in the sand, but the fact is the majority of people will travel overseas, have a lovely vacation, and come home again. As long as you’re taking travel insurance, not drinking to excess or doing drugs, eating food which looks clean and hygienic, getting vaccinated, and not swimming in pools which are murky or look dirty, the worst that should happen is a case of too much sun.
If you’re concerned about the potential for risk on your next holiday, it could be a good idea to take a look at the infographic below. It covers some of the most common illnesses and has helpful advice about how you can avoid getting ill. Staying safe abroad is simply a matter of doing all you can to reduce the risk and accepting that you have just as much chance of having something bad happen to you at home.