It's all Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an Eye
Students may be day-dreaming about their winter break, but are they really ready for their trip away from home? Globetrotters Education Consulting Inc. releases its annual Health and Safety Tips for Students to prepare them for the trip.
Toronto (PRWEB) February 9, 2005
With university and college students looking forward to their week off from school in February, many have been considering their options. While some may opt to bank a few hours at work, others will head south for a sunny beach holiday.
Popular destinations in Florida, Mexico and other parts of the Caribbean offer young people all-inclusive resort packages with all the mod-cons that money can buy. Five star hotels, extensive international menus, hot night clubs and sandy beaches are staples in the resort world, providing facilities and services that seem of similar standard to those available back home.
The problem? TheyÂre not.
The luxury associated with these resorts often masks the true, underlying conditions of the region. For that reason, it is important to remember that you are in a different country; you must familiarize yourself with the area and take certain precautions. Falling ill or having an accident when traveling can be a frightening experience and so you should consider the potential safety risks associated with your chosen destination.
Laura Wood, President of Globetrotters Education Consulting Inc., says that parents and students must take the time to prepare for any trip by consulting a travel agent, speaking to people who have been to the area before and purchasing a recognized guide book. ÂIt is just as important to prepare for a week-long trip to the Caribbean as it is to prepare for a month-long trip into the jungle.Â
Among the health and safety tips in their annual Reading Week release of Health and Safety Tips for Students, Globetrotters Education Consulting Inc. includes the following tenets that are key to a happy holiday:
- Take extra medication than what is required for the duration of your trip, in case of emergency or an unexpected extension.
-Ensure all your basic vaccinations are up-to-date (ie. Tetanus).
-ÂBoil it, cook it, peel it or forget itÂ; avoid all uncooked foods, say ÂnoÂ to salad, only eat fruits that you have peeled personally, be wary of seafood and rare meats.
-Drink bottled water; only drink it when you have personally opened the bottle (sometimes restaurants will serve tap water in a bottle).
-Ask for drinks with no ice.
-Use a sunscreen with a high SPF, wear hats when outdoors, drink lots of water and avoid long exposure to the sun.
-Take your own First Aid kit.
-Make photocopies of all important documents (passport, visa, tickets, insurance policy, travelerÂs cheques) and keep them in a safe place away from the documents themselves.
-Keep a list of emergency contact numbers with you at all times.
-Familiarize yourself with the local laws (they apply to you even though you are a foreigner).
-Use a money belt that is concealed by clothing.
-Avoid going out alone at night.
-Avoid flashy clothing and jewelry that draws undue attention.
-Do not accept drinks from strangers or drink from a glass that has not been in your possession.
-Pack your own luggage and do not agree to carry packages on behalf of others.
-Be wary of unregistered tour operators.
-Pay extra attention if you leave the resort at any time (these resorts are often situated in poor countries where you are a target).
It is always a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor before leaving to ensure you are in good physical shape to handle the conditions of your trip. See a travel health professional to understand the potential health risks in the region of your journey and ask for a list of the travel health clinics closest to your destination!
Most importantly, though, do not leave home without a comprehensive health insurance package to avoid large pay-outs and compromised medical treatment in the event of an emergency. ÂMany people think that their insurance from home or their credit card will cover them while they are away,Â explains Wood, Âin fact, most of these plans offer little to no overseas coverage at all. We offer a competitive package for less than $15/week for up to $1 million in coverage, so inexpensive that there is no excuse to risk traveling without it.Â
You want to travel to relax, learn and have fun. By preparing before you go, you will be able to deal effectively with any unforeseen circumstances that arise along the way. Remember: better safe than sorry!
Check out the Globetrotters Education Consulting Inc. website at http://www. globetrotterseducation. ca (http://www. globetrotterseducation. ca) for more information about student travel opportunities.
If you would like the full version of Health and Safety Tips for Students emailed to you or desire more information about travel health insurance, or contact Laura Wood at laura@globetrotterseducation. ca or 416-565-4420.
Laura Wood is President and Senior Education Consultant at Globetrotters Education Consulting Inc. With over a decade of international study, internship and work experience, she is now an authority on higher and international education and travel, lecturing, writing and consulting on issues ranging from international studies to local university placement.
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