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Travelling with Pre-Existing Conditions: A Guide to Staying Safe In 2021

13/01/2021

Travelling with a pre-existing medical condition can be very stressful and difficult, but not impossible. There are steps you can follow to plan your trip abroad so that you keep safe and make the most of your time away. Here’s a guide to staying safe while travelling with pre-existing conditions in 2021.

Man sitting on gray dock in Königssee, Schönau am Königssee, Germany

Photo by Simon Migaj

There are all kinds of benefits you can gain from travelling. Jetting abroad can make you healthier, reduce stress, boost happiness, and enhance creativity. However, for those with a pre-existing medical condition, you may think that going on a trip overseas is near impossible. Thankfully, with the right preparation and research, you can explore the world and all its delights without too many worries. 

Keeping your wits about you, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, is critical for your health and safety, so here is a guide on how to keep safe and have stress-free holidays this year.

Flat lay photography of Nikon camera, book and backpack

Photo by Annie Spratt

Pick the Right Holiday

While all of us are itching to get out the front door, on the plane and off to somewhere warm, you need to select a holiday that suits your needs and requirements. Selecting the right destination with a pre-existing condition like diabetes can make a huge difference to your trip, so there are several questions you need to ask yourself, such as how far you would like to travel. If you like to keep active, you need to be realistic with the kinds of activities you can do during your time away. 

It may be sensible to stay closer to home for a while. Instead of heading off on a long-haul trip, book a holiday in the UK, where you have access to NHS medical care if you need it.  

Loch in Scotland

Scotland

Speak to Your Doctor

Before booking your 2021 holiday, it’s advised to speak to your doctor first. If you have any worries or concerns, your GP needs to be kept in the know of your holiday plans. They will be able to advise you on whether the holiday is suitable for you and your health condition. You must remember that your doctor is an expert in their field, so if they don’t feel confident with your plans, it’s best to listen to them as you could be putting your health and safety at risk.

Prepare for Any Eventuality

Travelling abroad is not out of the question, even when you have a pre-existing medical condition. As long as you are prepared for every eventuality, you should be fine. This is why travel insurance is an essential purchase.

To date, there have been over 1.9 million deaths worldwide as a result of the coronavirus. Depending on your pre-existing medical condition, you may be at a higher risk of falling seriously ill should you contract the virus, which is why you should look into Staysure who provide medical travel insurance. Staysure also include COVID-19 cover in your policy, meaning should you be diagnosed with COVID-19 while on holiday, you won’t have to worry about any emergency medical expenses.

Look After Yourself

While it can be incredibly exciting getting away from the UK and exploring somewhere new, you must put your health and wellbeing before anything else. It can be easy to get carried away and push your body to its limits, but if you have a pre-existing medical condition, you could be putting unnecessary strain on your mind and body. No matter what destination you’re going to, what you choose to eat and drink can have incredible health benefits. Make sure you drink plenty of water, get lots of rest, eat well and take things easy. Once you arrive home, your body will thank you for it!

A healthy and home cooked meal

Photo by Brooke Lark

We all need a break sometimes, and with how 2020 played out, getting abroad and away from the stresses of day-to-day life is more important than ever. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, all the tips above can help prepare you for your trip and ensure everything runs to plan.

Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post.

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