We know that vacations are GOOD for us. (Americans don’t take vacations like much of the rest of the world.) You know you want to take some time off. Sometimes, people don’t plan well, or they might be so excited to have a fabulous time, that they don’t think about safety. It’s important to look out for signs of trouble and be cautious of your surroundings. Deadly animals, lethal viruses, extreme weather conditions, and adrenaline pumping sports all put you at high risk for a vacation gone wrong. Here are just some of the things to be aware of while you are out there having a great time.

Heading for a desert adventure? Watch out for snakes, tarantulas, and spiders, of course. World Health Organization estimates that 125,000 people around the world, die from snake bites. Spider venom isn’t always fatal, but can be damaging in many ways. Obviously, do your research when going into another creature’s domain.

The risk of contracting Lyme disease is most prevalent in late spring or summer and occur in grassy and heavily wooded areas where deer ticks are found.

Dengue Fever and the Zika virus are currently causing many medical issues for tourists heading to Latin American countries, Southeast Asia and the western Pacific islands. There are no vaccines for these illnesses, so it might be a good idea to think twice.

Heading out into an area that is light on medical services can be risky. Depending on where you are planning a limit testing and wild exploration vacation, be informed as to what is actually there, emergency contact ability and security. Most of these areas lacking are in Africa. Contact International SOS, which has current information and maps of these areas. And if you do have to be evacuated because of a medical emergency, be prepared for very large bills.

Drowning and other water accidents can happen far too fast. Crowded cruise ship or hotel pools, unfamiliar rip currents at the beach, speeding boats on a lake, can take a life in just a moment. Add in a couple of drinks of alcohol and disaster can occur.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) can happen on a long plane flight. Make sure to get up and walk around, do chair exercises. And while it isn’t as dangerous when riding on a train or in a car, always get up and do some moving around, or take a break from driving and walk for a short time to keep the blood flowing safely.

Food Poisoning is definitely not something you want on vacation! New foods, unknown restaurants, different drinks are fun but can cause issues. Improper cooking and storage, areas with water pollution are the main causes.

Theft and crime can happen anywhere and all it takes is a minute or less. Don’t trust the room safe, take all your personal information off your phone or computer except what is absolutely necessary. Carry what you can’t risk losing on your person. Just be aware of your surroundings.

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