safe travel in exotic locations
18 Jan 2012
The widespread use of the internet has allowed travellers to research a whole new vista of holiday destinations, including remote and exotic locations that would never have been considered a decade ago.
Holidays involving travel by foot, bicycle or on the back of a camel and travel plans to exotic-sounding locales are not uncommon nowadays. Travelling off the beaten track can be an exhilarating and unique experience but there are health and safety risks you should consider.
Natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and avalanches commonly occur in many remote areas of the world but never reach our media.
Some destinations have an emerging travel scene presenting dangers to those hailing from more developed countries. Overcrowded ferries that unexpectedly capsize, building collapses due to unsafe construction methods and civil unrest are just some unwanted events that can ruin the best-planned holiday.
From a health perspective, previously undiagnosed medical complaints can emerge when undergoing strenuous physical activity, particularly in areas with steep gradients and high humidity. There is also a risk of transmissible diseases such as malaria, typhoid and yellow fever continue to be a threat in many countries. Don’t forget your shots before you leave home!
Overseas medical costs can be prohibitively expensive, especially when emergency air evacuations are required. While it’s something no-one likes to think about, the costs of repatriating a seriously ill or deceased loved one back to Australia can cost thousands of dollars. Not many of us would have the necessary funds at our disposal to meet these costs at a moment’s notice.
The best protection against your dream holiday turning financially sour is obtaining appropriate travel insurance. There are many policies available with costs depending on the duration you will be away, the region/s you intend visiting, your age and whether you engage in any hazardous activities.
Travel insurance adds a little extra cost to your holiday but it does add a lot to your peace of mind knowing you have protection should the worst happen. A big return for a small outlay.