The excitement you feel on a holiday with friends is second to none. The freedom of being away from home without your parents, the amazing atmosphere and the feeling that everyone’s there to have a good time; everyone should get away with their mates at least once.
It’s important to have fun and let your hair down on holiday, but it’s also crucial to stay safe and look after each other too…
Before you go – get insured!
Heaven forbid something happens to you or one of your friends while you’re out of the country, but if it does, having insurance can save you getting into any tricky financial situations while you’re out there. Most travel agencies like On the Beach will prompt you to purchase travel insurance at the time of booking, so make sure you’re covered for any unexpected accidents.
Topping up your tan
This is one that’s so easily forgotten, but staying safe in the sun by wearing plenty of high SPF sun cream is so important when visiting a hot country. You want to make the most of your time away and getting burnt could mean you can’t do everything you want to, not to mention the health implications. Make sure you’re regularly topping up the sun cream throughout the day, and try to stay out of the sun when it’s at its most powerful, between 11am and 3pm.
Getting a bit too merry
Staying safe on mates escapes can seem like less of a priority when there’s alcohol in the mix… It’s no secret that Brits love a drink (or 20) when they’re on their jollies, but drinking to excess can be dangerous, especially when you’re away from home. Everyone is different, so try not to drink more than you can handle by trying to keep up with friends. If one of your friends has a bit too much to drink, make sure they get home safely and remember to drink plenty of water.
Making new *ahem* ‘friends’
It’s not uncommon for holiday romances to blossom on a mates escape (we’re using the polite term). Inhibitions can be lost on holiday and occasionally, so can common sense, so it’s always best to be prepared and stay protected; otherwise a novelty sized sombrero might not be the only souvenir you bring back with you…
And while we’re on the subject of new friends, it’s important to realise that not everyone you meet on holiday is your new best mate. Not everyone’s intentions are the same as yours, so never accept a drink from a stranger and always keep an eye on the drink you have – never leave it unattended.
If you’re planning a trip away with friends, make sure you have fun, but more importantly, stay safe! Check out On the Beach escapes here.