Always take out Travel Insurance well in advance of travelling. The policy will cover you for any medical expenses that you incur should you be involved in an accident or become ill and require hospitalisation.
Apart from medical expenses the policy should also cover things like; legal expenses, cancellation & curtailment, loss of money, baggage & passport, repatriation and personal liability.
There is less oxygen absorbed into the blood and circulated throughout the body during flight as compared to ground level due to a decrease in oxygen with an increased cabin altitude. As long as you are in reasonably good health, your body has physiological mechanisms that compensate for this decreased quantity of oxygen. On the other hand, passengers with significant heart, lung, and blood diseases may not well tolerate lower amounts of oxygen. Therefore, they should consult their physician before air travel to evaluate their capability to travel and to determine if there is a need for medical oxygen or other special assistance. Medical oxygen can be arranged with most airlines and it is important to check with your carrier several days in advance of the flight. Furthermore, the combination of low oxygen, alcohol, inactivity and sleep can generate unpleasant side effects like dizziness and/or fainting if one stands up too fast after awakening. Arm and leg exercises before standing up will usually prevent this.
Leave copies of your important documents such as: tickets, drivers license, passport, visas, medical documents, prescriptions and so on with a friend just in case you need a back-up sent to you in an emergency. Also, leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
Put identifying markings on the suitcases you check through such as bold coloured tape in a recognisable design. You could also put tape over the closure to prevent tampering by baggage handlers. Don't put all your valuables in luggage you check; e.g. jewelry, cameras, watches. Remove old airline destination tags.
Make sure you have a signed, valid passport (and any visas, if required). most countries require you to have a full 10 year passport. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after your expected date of return to the UK and have at least two blank pages to allow room for visa stamps. If not, get a new one.
Beware of well-dressed people who happen to be around, happen to speak your language fluently and happen to come up to you and start chatting. Gangs exist that are fronted by some very credible people who win your confidence and then take you to see their friend or a relative where you can buy lots of different things at low, low prices. Don't be tempted - you will get ripped off!
Do NOT accept drinks from anybody that you have just met, especially if in dubious surroundings or do not know, they could be laced with any type of concoction.
In most cases people only need advice, but in cases of real difficulty such as death abroad, serious accidents and illnesses, arrests and detentions, or those at risk of physical harm, the Consul will take action.
Here you will know the kind of food you will be able to get in Cuba(mainly the typical cuban cuisine). Also there are tips of how to save money while eating good, including some addresses and phones of several restaurants.
The Consul will do everything possible to help British nationals who have been arrested or detained overseas. The Consul cannot get you out of jail or give you money. But the Consul will take action if your rights have been denied or abused.
Passengers requiring prescription medications should always carry them on board in their hand luggage. This is especially important if you are taking medication for heart disease, diabetes, or seizures. Jet lag is often associated with air travel especially when crossing multiple time zones. The symptoms of jet lag are multiple and vary with each individual, but result mainly from the internal body clock being out of phase with the daily schedule at the travel destination. Sleep is also often disrupted, leading to additional fatigue. Adjusting to jet lag is generally easier when travel is to the west, but most travelers adjust to the new time after a few days. Several tips may help diminish the effects.
> Rest well before the flight.
Try to move 1-2 hours toward the destination time before flight, if your schedule permits.
Eat lightly before and during the flight.
Once departed, reset watches and other activities to the destination time.
Drink water and fruit juices inflight and minimize alcoholic beverages.
Consider using caffeinated beverages strategically during the day to mask fatigue but avoid use within 4-6 hours of bedtime when the effect may make sleep onset more difficult.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Schedule outdoor activities on the first few days at the new destination.
After arrival, adjust to destination time as soon as possible.
Limit naps to a single nap of 30-40 minutes or less. Go to bed and awaken at the appropriate time for the new time zone.
Discuss with your physician if sleep medication could be beneficial.
For travelers who SCUBA dive, it is advisable to wait 24 hours after the last dive before taking to the skies so as to minimize the risk of developing decompression illness, such as the bends
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