We have chatted a lot about ways to look after your home while you are away and having the correct measures in place, but what about you and your family, while you are on holiday? A vacation with family is one of the most treasured things you will experience and the best way to connect as a family, away from the stresses of life. However, things can go wrong while you are on holiday, so it’s important to always be aware of what’s happening around you and to be cautious.
Falling ill while on holiday is one of the worst things that could take place and the last thing you want to happen to you. Before you embark on your much-anticipated getaway, make sure that you and your family have all your vaccinations up to date. You should also stock up on a good multivitamin to take daily as well as other important meds that you may need while on holiday. Think about all the common illnesses that could occur and take the correct medicines with you to help cure these if you fall ill.
You should also be aware of what you eat while on holiday, particularly in a foreign country. Local foods can sometimes not sit well with your stomach if you are not accustomed to them. While we love to experience the authentic flavours of true local cuisine, be aware of what you are eating and try to eat at a respected food outlet where possible.
Child abduction is a very real thing in South Africa, with a child going missing every 5-hours according to Missing Children South Africa. Educating our children on ‘stranger-danger’ and the importance of safety is absolutely critical, as well as parents being aware of where their children are at all times. A child can be snatched up in an instant if you are not taking note. Don’t ever think that because you are on holiday you can relax and take your eye off your children for a bit. You need to be even more aware of your surroundings when on holiday, and especially if you are in a foreign country. Know where the local police station and hospital are, in case of emergencies. Ask around about areas that are unsafe to go to. Familiarise yourself with the area and be wary of people that want to be your ‘friend’ – these are often people trying to take advantage.
Your children are your most valuable asset, please look after them. Read more safety tips for holidaying, here.
It can be heartbreaking losing your belongings while on holiday. This happens more often than we think, and can really put a dampener on your holiday. If you are travelling by aeroplane, make sure that you label your luggage and pack it securely. The last thing you want is for your precious goods to be stolen because you haven’t locked your bag. When you arrive at your holiday destination, check if there is a safe for any expensive jewellery and gadgets to be kept while you are not there. Always lock up when you go out for the day and don’t leave your things outside for others to see. It is better not to flash expensive things like watches and rings around when spending the day in local towns, as this will only draw attention to yourself. Be aware always and don’t let the holiday feelings get in the way of common sense.
Lastly, if you are travelling to a foreign country, you should consider travel insurance. Travel insurance covers anything from luggage to medical bills while you are overseas. You don’t want to be found without it in case something happens, so rather be safe than sorry. Talk to one of our consultants today about the best cover for you and your family on your next holiday.
“The article should not be considered legal or financial advice and is for information purposes only. You should consult with a professional financial advisor to determine what may be best for your individual needs.”