Vacation season is here – and millions of Americans are taking to the roads, skies or seas in search of some summer fun. In fact, according to AAA, a third of Americans will take a family vacation this year. Read More.
But a dream vacation can turn into a nightmare if someone gets sick or injured while traveling. To avoid inconvenience – or tragedy – travelers should follow these tips to prevent illness (Safety Tips) as well as adhere to some safety pointers, including:
Most importantly, prepare well in advance for emergencies. Vacations can take months to plan and save for, but can be ruined in an instant. Research and consider a travel insurance plan – which can include valuable medical and trip interruption coverage and more. Another option: an emergency travel service membership with MedJet Assist., which can help in the event of a medical emergency, domestically or internationally.
In addition there are a few sources that can help travelers locate medical care abroad, including:
For more general information on travel safety, visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel