What are the most common accidents and injuries while travelling?

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Text author: Laura Dosil

Travelling abroad should be an amazing time filled with adventure. However, accidents and injuries can lurk around many corners while you’re away and so, knowing how to protect yourself from danger is vital to ensuring you have the best holiday possible. 

Last year, almost 72 million overseas trips were made by Brits to locations all over the world and each destination brings new challenges to overcome to make sure you don’t end up ill or in the hospital. While you may be able to claim compensation for accidents that weren’t your fault with the help of no-win no-fee lawyers, you won’t be able to get the time back. This makes staying vigilant while you’re away vital. 

To help, we’ve put together a list of the biggest threats you may face while you’re away and some tips on how to avoid unnecessary injuries on your travels. We hope this will keep you safe and make certain your holiday is a blast. Read on to find out more.

Trips and falls 

These can happen just about anywhere and your holiday is no exception. With the terrain and areas you’re exploring being different to the UK, you may be more likely to trip and hurt yourself. To overcome this, we recommend ensuring you have suitable footwear and an experienced guide to help you navigate new places. 

Food poisoning 

Street food is one of the most enjoyable parts of travelling to places like Thailand or Vietnam but you can still get a dodgy batch from time to time, which can leave you sidelined for several days as you recover. 

Our top tip to make sure this doesn’t happen is to ask the vendor to cook the meal fresh instead of heating up food that may have been sitting in their stall for days. 

Road accidents 


Road accidents are common wherever you visit but when you’re crossing or driving on an unfamiliar road, you may get distracted when you’re lost. This can lead to a collision and so you must stay vigilant. Try to plan your route in advance, so you have a rough idea of where you’re going and make sure you’re confident enough to use vehicles in another country to prevent road accidents.  


This is an issue that affects many in the UK, which can be proven by the fact that 40% of Brits were sunburnt in last year’s heatwave. Not only is sunburn painful, but it can also get in the way of doing basic activities, which will put a dampener on your trip. Always wear suncream when you’re in hot and sunny places to reduce the risk of sunburn affecting you.

Cover photo author: © Diana Polekhina from Unsplash

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