According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 18%–24% of traveler deaths are due to injuries. So, that begs the question — how likely are you to be injured while traveling, especially across borders?

Studies show that between 15%–37% of short-term international travelers experience a health problem, and these are some of the most common:

Traffic Accidents
Traversing on unfamiliar roads can be risky, but on top of that, every nation has slightly different traffic laws. If you aren’t familiar with them, you might take a turn when you weren’t supposed to or be confused when cars react differently to certain cues. It’s very important to pay extra attention while driving or cycling in a foreign place.

Heat Stroke and Dehydration
When you’re traveling to a place in a warmer climate, you may not expect to lose your body’s water content so quickly through sweating and, yes, even breathing heavier. Make sure you plan to drink water often, especially while hiking, touring, camping, and participating in other vacation activities.

Trips and Falls
Wearing flip flops or sandals while in a hurry? Wearing open-toed shoes in a new environment or while running can be a recipe for disaster. Pay close attention where you’re going, and better yet, take your time.

Sports Injuries
If you enjoy engaging in new, even dangerous activities while on vacation, you may want to ensure you have a plan in case of health emergencies. Dangerous activities can include zip lining, water skiing, prolonged swimming and sunbathing, snowboarding, diving, and much more.

The best backup plan includes AFEUSA’s unique partner, SkyMed! Many travelers are shocked when their travel insurance isn’t enough to cover their medical bills. If you’re in 1 of the 32 countries that make up the SkyMed Universe, in the event of a serious illness or injury, you can be quickly repatriated back to your home hospital of choice. Avoid headache and heartache — join AFEUSA and enjoy our wonderful list of discounts and member benefits!

Article by Charles Jackson, President of AFEUSA

Charles Jackson AFE Board