Holiday accidents are a sure-fire way of spoiling your dream holiday but, aside from curtailing your vacation, they can often have long-term implications.
Holiday accidents can come as a result of a wide variety of reasons – some of which might be preventable or avoidable. Whatever the cause, quick access to immediate and relevant advice and support is essential.
There is no channel more immediate these days for information than the internet and Twitter is becoming one of the leading sites for pushing up-to-the-minute info.
Warn and Be Warned
If the cause is something that might affect other holidaymakers then it is helpful to Tweet about it as soon as you are able. Health and safety contraventions at holiday centers, weather phenomena or just local building work could all be useful information to people following in your footsteps.
Most companies and organizations now Tweet and this means that if you are in need of advice you can be in conversation instantly on Twitter.
The following organizations all have Twitter feeds which may offer help in case of a holiday accident, whether serious or minor:
Government departments and Twitter:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office @foreign office
Holiday Health and Twitter
NHS Direct @nhsdirect
Also – search for your local health trust
Driving Holidays and Twitter
It is also a good idea to check whether your car insurer has a Twitter feed which can answer any queries you might have if you do have a prang in your holiday car abroad.
Tour Operators and Twitter
Tour operators also have Twitter feeds – and even if you are not a Twitter user, it is easy to sign up for an account before you set off on holiday in case you need help fast.
Holiday Insurance and Twitter
Many people buy their holiday insurance via their tour operator but if you buy separate insurance, check whether your insurer is on Twitter before you leave home.
Many holidaymakers take part in activities abroad without realizing they are not covered for accidents or medical expenses, so tweet your insurer before you sign up to a sports or other holiday activity.
And if you are not a member of the Twitter generation, over-50s holiday company Saga offers a simple online guide to using Twitter for anyone who wants to get into tweet mode before they fly off on holiday