Mates that party together, leave together
Friends don’t leave friends behind.
Serious incidents often happen after drinking alcohol when you are alone and isolated.
◊ TIP: Stick with your mates throughout the night. Stay in contact and if you’re staying at the same accommodation, go home together.
Keep your friends close, but your drinks closer
Drinking abroad can be different than back in the UK. The quality and measurements of alcohol can be larger, cheaper and deals can result in you being drunk quicker than intended.
Drinks spiking can also take place on holiday. Spiking is adding alcohol or drugs to someone’s drink without them knowing.
Spiking is commonly used to distract you from theft or impair you before an assault.
◊TIP: Do not leave your drink unattended and do not accept drinks from complete strangers. This is the best strategy to prevent the possibility of your drink being spiked.
◊TIP: Consume water in-between alcoholic drinks. This will help pace you throughout the night and help keep you hydrated.
◊ TIP: Drink at your own pace. Everyone’s tolerance to alcohol is different. Consider avoiding rounds or having a break from drinking alcohol if you are feeling uneasy.
Keep your hotel address on you
Remembering where to go at the end of the night can be tougher than you think. It’s a new environment, a different climate, and drinking alcohol could make this harder.
TIP: Keep details of your accommodation on you. Consider taking a screenshot of the hotel’s address before going out. Or ask reception if they have an address card you can take and store in your wallet.
Share your location
◊ TIP: Use messaging apps to set up a group chat. This way you can send your location to your friends if you get lost or check they are safe if you lose them.
Agree a meeting point
It is easy to get lost in a foreign country. Add alcohol and sun and it’s now even easier to get lost.
◊ TIP: If you are on the strip, before your first big night, familiarise yourself with the area. Exploring your surroundings will help you remember where you are later.
◊ TIP: Agree a meeting place in case you lose your friends and cannot get in contact (e.g. phone out of battery or lost etc.)
Travel insurance is important. It provides protection and coverage for unexpected events that can happen on holiday. Travel insurance can cover a range of scenarios, such as:
- medical emergencies and repatriation
- lost or stolen baggage
- trip cancellations or interruptions
- natural disasters
You must purchase insurance cover that is appropriate for your travel plans. Travelling without the right cover can be very expensive if things do go wrong while you are abroad.
Declare all of your medical conditions
You must declare all pre-existing medical conditions when buying travel insurance. If you already have cover, you should check that your list of medical conditions is up to date before each trip abroad.
Failure to do this could mean your claim is rejected if you have a medical emergency while travelling.
Therefore you must be honest about any medical conditions you have, to avoid risking a big bill.
Check your policy to see what you need to declare. Medical conditions can include, but are not limited to:
- heart conditions
- high blood pressure
- respiratory conditions (such as asthma)
- mental health conditions
- any form of cancer
Check your insurance covers your activities
When buying travel insurance, consider the type of coverage you need. If you intend to engage in adventure activities, like quad-biking or water sports, you may need specific insurance cover. Check your policy before you travel to make sure all your activities are covered.
Check your insurance covers the whole trip
Make sure you buy travel insurance that covers the entire duration of your holiday. Some insurance policies have a limit on the amount of time you can be abroad; if you exceed it, your policy may be invalidated.
Check that medical evacuation is included
You may assume you will not need to be brought home for medical reasons whilst on holiday. But, if you become ill or injured while travelling, you may need to be transported to hospital, or back to the UK, for treatment. Medical evacuations can cost thousands of pounds.
Check your policy covers medical evacuation before travelling. This is especially important if your trip includes adventure activities like climbing, quad-biking or water sports.
Share you policy details with friends and family
Before you go on holiday, share your insurance policy details with travel companions, and friends or family at home. This can be helpful in case they need to contact your insurance company on your behalf, if you get into trouble abroad.
Pack your policy document
When you travel, take a paper copy of your insurance policy with you. If you lose your phone abroad, this paper copy will provide the information you need, including your policy number and insurer’s emergency 24 hour telephone number.