Food and drink safety:
Holidays are all about new experiences and this may well include enjoying the local cuisine. We work with our hotel suppliers to ensure that appropriate standards are met. If you intend to eat outside of the hotel you should consider what you eat and where you eat. Often, food can be prepared differently, in ways that your body may not be accustomed to and these differences along with changes in climate can lead to minor stomach upsets.
A few tips to remember on how to prevent illness on holiday:
• Wash your hands before eating and after using the toilet and handling money. It’s helpful to carry a hand sanitizer with you
• Make sure your food has been thoroughly cooked and is still hot when served
• Avoid salad if it’s likely to have been washed in tap water
• Avoid any uncooked food apart from fruits, vegetables or food that can be peeled or shelled
• Ask for information about ingredients if you’ve food allergies, and ensure that you make reception aware of your allergies at the point of check in
• Be aware that alcohol measures abroad may be larger than in the UK. Please drink alcohol in moderation
• Use bottled water for brushing your teeth
• Take care when handling lava grills and other similar equipment
• Lastly, make sure that you keep hydrated on holiday by drinking bottled water, especially when you’re topping up your holiday tan!
Health and safety abroad:
UK standards are among the highest in the world and many developing countries and resorts still have a long way to go to bring their transport, accommodation and services up to the level you normally take for granted. This applies to many European resorts, as well as more exotic overseas destinations.
Hoteliers and suppliers should meet local and national safety standards, however these vary widely across the programme and rarely match those standards that we enjoy in the UK . We’re continually working to raise safety standards overseas and will of course do our best to ensure that your holiday is safe and trouble free, but we do ask that you take extra care while you’re away. For more details on health and safety advice, visit http://www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk and www.doh.gov.uk.
Health and hygiene:
Visit your GP at least eight weeks before you’re due to travel. In order for your body to build up the necessary immunity, it’s necessary for some vaccinations to be given in advance, and in some cases multiple doses need to be given over several weeks . For information regarding vaccinations, please search for health requirements at: http://travelhealthpro.org.uk - We also have produced our own quick reference guide here
If you need to take any medication with you, check before you travel that you’re allowed to take it to the country you’re visiting. If required, visit your GP and ask for an authorisation letter for any medication you have.
Weather and Natural Disasters:
Destinations may be affected by weather patterns such as tropical storms, monsoons, hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons, rainy seasons and flooding. An example is the ‘hurricane ‘season, which affects the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico generally between June and November. This is just one example and different weather patterns occur at different times of the year and the impact on destinations can and does vary. Weather advice can frequently change and we recommend you check the latest FCO Travel Advice for your destination. You can do this by visiting: :- www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and clicking on ‘travel abroad’, then ‘foreign travel advice’ then selecting the destination you require and finally clicking on ‘natural disasters’. You’ll also see any applicable updates regarding earthquakes and volcanos.