What To Do If You’re Injured In A Foreign Country

 

Holidays. The time where we pack and plan the perfect little getaway with loved ones (or on your own if you’re confident enough!) And when you get there, it’s nothing but pure bliss and everything you imagined and more.

 

And then one day, everything goes wrong.

 

Believe it or not, you’re not alone if you manage to injure yourself on holiday. If you don’t already know, me and my partner Andy were in a moped crash while on holiday in Kefalonia, Greece.

(to see the video explaining click here)

 

Now if you’re holidaying in a relatively remote country like we were, the first thought that may come to your mind is… “S#!t, we’re screwed!”

 

But have no fear, I’ve come up with a little list of what to do and what not to do if you’re unlucky enough to injure yourself on holiday.

 

Me and Andy had to require over €10,000 of treatment in 4 days in Greece due to our injuries (again if you want to see the gore head over to the video!) So I’ve definitely taken away a bit of knowledge from the incident!

 

 

DON’T panic!

Obviously the first thing you’re going to do is panic when you’ve hurt yourself, don’t worry, it’s natural! I went into shock after we hit the road, however Andy managed to keep me calm and stop me panicking so much. The more you panic, the more the blood will rush around your body – if you have some bad injuries it could make you bleed more and the shock may disguise any serious pain. Look up at the sky, or lying down may help and take 10 nice slow, long breaths in and out.

 

DO assess the situation

Even before you’ve had time to start panicking, assess your situation. Me and Andy were on a blind corner of a steep, cliff edge road. He immediately picked the bike up and moved it to the side of the road. I also moved to the side of the road. You’ve got to keep a level head and think of your safety first.

 

DO pack a first aid kit!

One of the many things we wish we had done was pack a first aid kit with us! Even just basic bandages and water would have helped us hugely. Even if you’re going on a somewhat relaxing holiday, pack one as you’ll never know if you’ll find someone in need.

 

DO ask your travel rep/hotel owner for details of all the nearest hospitals, doctors, pharmacies etc

Luckily on the first day of arriving, our travel rep gave us doctors cards with phone numbers and addresses on. This is so helpful if you need to seek medical attention, rather being stuck in the middle of nowhere and not knowing the language to ask a local!

 

DO carry travel insurance with you wherever you go:

Luckily our EHIC cards paid for all of our treatment as that was the only bit of evidence they wanted to see. However if you’re not in the EU, then carry around your travel insurance EVERYWHERE, this way doctors know you can afford the treatment!

 

DO learn the language of the country:

I’m not saying you have to be fluent in 14 different languages ‘just in case’, but it helps when you can speak basic words of the country to ask for things such as a hospital or doctor and to let them know you speak little of their language so they don’t start having a full blown conversation with you! It also is very polite and shows you care by trying to learn their language.

 

 

To see the rest of our holiday click here, and to see our return to the island after accident click here

 

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See ya soon,

 

 

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