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Stay Healthy in the Air

Flying can be stressful at the best of times but we’ve got a few handy tips on how to stay healthy and avoid more serious outcomes.

If you have been feeling unwell prior to your vacation, then do contact a doctor to have a check up and approve you to fly.

Try to fly only in a healthy condition because if not, then you may feel worse as flying can exacerbate conditions.

Deal with any illnesses or even a sniff of an illness before you fly. Try not to overdo it prior to leaving on vacation. We tend to go all out to get things sorted but if you are feeling under the weather then it is best to slow down.  Don’t feel pressured into not taking the day off because it is so close to your vacation.

Take any vitamins and minerals that you may feel will help you. Drink green tea also to fend off any germs.

Stay away from people who might not be 100 per cent healthy in the period before you fly.

Drink lots of water – both before and during the light as this will undoubtedly help maintain hydration. If you fail to remain hydrated then it might make you susceptible to illness.

Avoid alcohol. And it isn’t just the alcohol but the ingredients that tend to be hidden in it. In many of the drinks onboard the plane there can be large amounts of salt which can lead to swollen feet and hands. Alcohol before flying can also leave you dehydrated and feeling unwell.

Take medication along. Make sure you have medicines in your carry-on bag close to you. Then if you get separated from your luggage you will have your medication.

Keep cash to hand. Meals will be offered on board the plane so it is worth having money with you for snacks and drinks on offer. But it is also worth having some snacks with you too for any delays or downtime. Don’t get on a flight without eating as meals are not always offered on board. This is even more important if you have specific dietary requirements.

Check it out. If you have been exposed to an illness such as chickenpox in the weeks before you fly then you are best to see a doctor and take advice. Such illnesses can be dangerous to others – particularly to the elderly, pregnant women and young children.

Don’t spread it. The environment of a plane can encourage the spread of illnesses – whether chicken pox or measles and so you could lead to other people becoming ill.

Broken Limbs. Avoid flying with a recently broken limb and with a cast. The limb will swell slightly during the flight and this can be dangerous to the circulation. If you do need to travel then you can request that extra room be left in your cast.

When worrying about your health don’t forget that airplane accidents are also one way of damaging your health. Don’t let your guard down when on a plane.

Top 3 Hostels in Cuba


Cuba is undergoing something of a renaissance, with free enterprise being encouraged and some Cubans setting up their own restaurants and hotels – often in their homes.

Cubais always an exciting place to visit, however, not only because of the wonderful beach resorts and the vibrant culture inHavana, but simply because it is unique and has maintained its traditions in a way that many other countries have not.

Hotels inCubacan be expensive, so if you are on a budget and cannot afford to travel in style or book a package holiday – or simply want to travel independently – here are some of the best hostels inCuba.

Havana – Casa Buena Vista

Casa Buena Vista has been freshly decorated and offers a traditional and centrally-located hostel accommodation, with budget busting rooms from £6.22pp per night. Casa Buena Vista also has the best view in Havana, across the pretty terracotta rooftops of El Capitolio and out to sea from the harbour. Casa Buena Vista is actually an hotel, so no dorms and all rooms have private bathroom and come as singles, doubles or triples. If you are in a romantic mood, opt for the ocean view rooms on the sixth floor. Casa Buena Vista also has 24-hour hot water. There is a 24-hour reception and staff are bilingual Spanish/English. The restaurant in house serves up local produce and menus on request. You can book your stay at Casa Buena Vista in Havana through the website

Holguin – Casa Villa Lois

Casa Villa Lois in Holguin has private apartments from under £10pp per night available and offers family-run, traditional Cuban-style accommodation and bed and breakfast. There are also good transport links as the guesthouse is situated on a main road close to the centre of Holguin– and there is also free parking at Casa Lois. The apartments have their own entrances and private patios, so you can chill out in peace after the hard work of sightseeing or a day on the beach at Holguin. Casa Villa Lois is also in a safe neighbourhood – essential if you are on a driving holiday in Cuba or taking a few days out of a package holiday to see more of Cuba. Casa Villa Lois has its own website so you can book directly.

Santiago de Cuba – Casa Nivia

Casa Nivia is in the centre of Santiago de Cuba near the park and offers private accommodation consisting of double rooms with two double beds from £8.71 pp per night. Rooms are traditional and the public rooms are delightfully quaint, with white furniture, potted palms and a hint of chintz. Best of all, there are no curfews, but 24-hour hot showers, air conditioning, a restaurant – plus wheelchair access. Casa Nivia is next to Cespedes Park and the lovely courtyard brings nature to your hotel room door, and offers a relaxing place to sit and chat after a hard day’s sightseeing. You can book your stay at Casa Nivia in Santiago de Cuba through the website

If sickness strikes when you’re in Cuba, remember you can make a Cuba Illness Compensation Claim!

10 tips to avoid the dangers of the Swimming Pool on Holiday!

The hotel swimming pool is often thought of as a safe place of relaxation on holiday – but most hotel swimming pool accidents occur on the first day of a  holiday, and usually because the victim was tired or had drunk too much.

Parents often get stressed from the journey or from work and are not as attentive during the first 24 hours of their holiday – meaning small children can slip away out of sight and end up in difficulty in the hotel swimming pool, where they can be hard to spot among other swimmers.

The side of a swimming pool can also be lethal, with walkways slippery with water which has not been mopped up. Broken or cracked tiles can also cause cuts to feet – and because of bacteria around the pool, these may become infected if not washed and treated with antiseptic straight away.

The other danger about the swimming pool on holiday is if the water is not disinfected daily – or swimmers do not shower before using the pool or use it when they have a stomach upset – a parasitic infection called cryptosporidium can occur, causing an outbreak of holiday sickness and diarrhoea.

The parasitic gastric infection cryptosporidiosis or crypto is a common reason for swimming pools in theUKand abroad to be closed for thorough cleaning. However, in some cases, resistance to normal pool cleaners like chlorine has occurred.

Cryptosporidium infection develops when the parasite enters the water supply through human or animal faeces. It survives in a spore which if ingested while swimming can cause violent sickness and diarrhoea.

There is no treatment for cryptosporidium and its usually clears up by itself within a few days – but a bout of holiday gastroenteritis can wreck your plans, so it is best to take sensible precautions when using the hotel swimming pool on holiday.

Here are the top tips for avoiding the dangers of the swimming pool on holiday:

  1. Never swim when you are tired or if you have just eaten a heavy meal, consumed alcohol or have taken medication, over-the-counter medicines, or recreational drugs
  2. Avoid swimming in the hotel pool during the hottest part of the day – the sun will feel hotter and UV reflects off the water so you may end up with sunburn or even sunstroke. You should also wear UV goggles as UV light can harm eyesight
  3. Always shower before and after using the pool
  4. Apply more sun cream after using the hotel swimming pool
  5. Never use the hotel pool if you are ill or have a stomach upset – and never allow children with dirty swimsuits or babies in dirty nappies to use the hotel swimming pool as this might cause an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis
  6. Never soil the pool with vomit, urine or faeces, as this may also cause an outbreak of gastric illness at the hotel
  7. Don’t use the hotel pool if the water is dirty – or animals have been swimming in it. Report this to the poolside attendant or your holiday rep and ask for it to be cleaned.
  8. Keep a close watch on children round the hotel pool and make sure they wear flotation armbands – or wear them yourself if you are not a strong swimmer, regardless of what you look like!
  9. Don’t dive into the pool from furniture by the pool as this may over balance and you could hit your head on the side – and don’t tombstone into the pool from your balcony or other height as you could miss, break your back or neck or sustain a serious or fatal head injury
  10. Be careful walking round the pool in case the floor surface is wet – report this to the pool attendant in case someone slips and hurts themselves.

If you do have a slipping accident at the pool and it wasn’t your fault you can make a claim for holiday compensation.

Top 10 Tips for Using Rough Guides When on Holiday

Rough Guides ( travel guides have become one of the most popular travel guides to use whether you are setting off on a backpacking adventure – or are simply taking a package holiday to Spain or Turkey or another popular tourist destination.

Getting to know your holiday destination can not only make your holiday more interesting – it can also open up your eyes to trips and excursions and new experiences that you might not have dreamt of.

If you thought your holiday was going to be a long stay by the swimming pool and a nightly trip to the local bars and restaurants get yourself one of the Rough Guides to your holiday resort – and make your holiday one to remember.

  1. Rough Guides do not only cover holiday hotspots and travel destinations, but also offer guides to Travelling with Children – or a Foodie’s Guide to Japan, for example.
  2. Rough Guides are available on most digital platforms such as iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows – meaning you can take your Rough Guides with you without overloading your hand luggage or backpack.
  3. Rough Guides also offer guides to finding budget accommodation both in the UK and abroad , which means you can plan to spend maybe one or two nights away from your main resort – even if you are on a package holiday – and make your trip more of an adventure.
  4. The Rough Guides website is a mine of information, with destination spotlights and tweets from holidaymakers recommending their favourite places to go and things to see.
  5. If you are driving on holiday, download Rough Guides driving guides such as the one coveringGreece, to get you there smoothly without hitting a pothole.
  6. Maps are also available from Rough Guides – so there is no need to carry round a dog-eared paper map, which has seen better days, when you are off on an excursion or a new adventure at your holiday destination
  7. If you are a first-time traveller to a destination, Rough Guides also offers a special selection of travel guides full of tips and advice to make sure you get the most out of your holiday in a new country.
  8. Rough Guide First-time Guides also offer invaluable help for different groups of traveller, whether you are a silver surfer breaking away after retirement – or you are looking for LGBT hotels or resorts at your chosen destination.
  9. If you are interested in volunteering overseas, the first-time Rough Guides can also help with this – as well as learning holidays or working holidays to fund your travels or gap year.
  10. Rough Guide Phrasebooks can be invaluable when you are visiting a country for the first time and don’t know the language – they can be downloaded online and played on an MP3 player, meaning you will never be stuck for something to say on holiday again.

Deciding to leave your hotel and go on excursion adventures can sometimes end in bad situations such as injury and accidents on holiday. Always beware of your surroundings and ensure you have correct travel insurance.