Going abroad can be an exciting thing to look forward to.
Not so long ago, foreign holidays were most often taken in Spain and around the Mediterranean. Now, as air travel has opened up the globe, people visit countries all over the world either for business, pleasure or family visits. In fact, about 17 million Britons go abroad every summer.
People choose their holidays based on many factors – the sun, the food, culture, nightlife, history or wildlife. Yet for all the fun and excitement involved, many people end up falling ill when they go overseas – about one in four, in fact.
The most common problems are sunburn, diarrhoea, insect bites, accidents and sexually transmitted infections. And a few people become very ill after catching diseases that aren’t found in this country.
We’re not trying to scare you, and thankfully most people will have a memorable and trouble-free holiday. Use the links on this page for tips to avoid falling ill and getting the most out of your well-earned trip.