A new charity working to improve the health and safety of tourists
We all want to keep ourselves and our families safe and well on holiday. However, accidents do sometimes happen, so we want to help you avoid them wherever possible. For practical and simple advice on staying safe on holiday, visit the Safer Tourism Foundation website.
Proudly supported by Thomas Cook along with other major travel companies, the Safer Tourism Foundation is an independent charity that makes sure you have all the help and information you need to enjoy the best possible holiday.
How to stay safe and well on holiday
Whether you are a solo traveller, part of a couple or in a family group, planning and booking your holiday is an exciting time. With so much choice of where to go, the type of accommodation you stay in and the activities you do, you can put together exactly the kind of holiday to suit you.
When we go on holiday we all assume that we will come home in at least as good a shape, mentally and physically, as we left. And for the vast majority of travellers that is the case. Holidays relax and refresh us, help us to re-charge and re-connect with what is important to us.
But for thousands of tourists each year, that is sadly not the case. Every year travellers suffer injuries from accidents that could have been prevented. Some of these end tragically in a fatality, turning a holiday into a nightmare.
No one wants to experience this. Reputable travel companies work hard to make a safe environment for your holiday, whether that is on the flight out, in your accommodation or during activities and excursions. But nothing is risk free, and things do still go wrong. If that happens, you should expect your travel company, accommodation or service provider to be responsive and to address the things within their control and within reason.
But sometimes things happen that are just bad luck, something no one could have foreseen or done anything to prevent. And sometimes we as travellers have a part to play. An unfamiliar environment, whether it is on the beach, on the roads or in and around our hotel, presents the potential for accidents to happen.
Added to that, when we go on holiday we sometimes behave a little differently than when we are at home. We might take a more carefree approach to life (that’s part of what a holiday is about, after all) but this can put ourselves at risk. If we hop on a moped wearing only shorts and flip flops we might ask ourselves, would we do this at home?
The Safer Tourism Foundation has been set up to help us all stay safe and well when we travel. We are a one stop shop for practical, down-to-earth advice for you to use at all stages of your holiday, from planning where to go to what to do if you need medical help abroad.
There is a huge amount of useful information available from travel companies, government websites and specialist advice sites, all aiming to help you and your fellow travellers stay safe and well when you are on holiday. But it is sometimes quite hard to find, and can look a bit overwhelming. We have pulled all of this together in one place to distil the most important things you need to know and what you need to think about to make sure you have the best possible holiday.
We are an independent charity so we do not represent any travel company or holiday provider. Our main aim is to reduce the number of people who are hurt or killed when on holiday, whether they are travelling independently or with the support of a travel operator or agent. From our website you can get a clear explanation of how to use the government’s advice on travelling to different countries (for example, what is the terrorist threat?), you can see what to pack in a first aid kit, and we highlight the particular things to be aware of if you are camping or if you are on a party weekend (like a stag or hen party).
We hope you find the advice useful and practical. Let us know.
Stay safe and well and, above all, enjoy your holiday.