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16 Jun

Top Hottest Holiday Destinations This Summer – How To Stay Safe In Extreme Heat

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It’s Better To Be Safe Than Sorry

More and more people are looking further afield for warmer summer holidays destinations. Find out how to stay safe in extreme heat.

As the days get longer and the summer months draw ever closer, the time to start booking your summer holiday is looming large. While the Greek islands, the Balearics and other European destinations remain popular, inter-continental holidays have been on the up in recent years and long-haul travel to countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas is no longer the preserve of the gap-year backpacker or the long distance traveller.

Thanks to reasonable airline prices and the current speed of travel, holiday-goers can experience the pleasures of countries as far afield as Malaysia in less than two weeks. Long distance travel often carries with it connotations of hostel-life and budget transport, but those looking for summer holiday destinations can also expect to find family and couple friendly resorts at a similar price to those in Europe, if not cheaper.

One of the benefits of abandoning the close-to-home destination in favour of a long-distance holiday is that in many cases, you are almost guaranteed good weather. Kuala Lampur in Malaysia is expected to reach temperatures of 33 degrees (Celsius) over July and August, and with top tourist attractions such as the Mulu Caves in easy reach, it’s no wonder that Malaysia welcomes over two million foreign tourists each year.

North African countries including Morocco and Tunisia are increasingly popular tourist destinations. The souks of Marrakech and the beach resort of Agadir experience temperatures of 38 degrees in July and August, while those visiting Tunisia can expect to sunbathe in highs of 33 degrees.

The phrase ‘not a cloud in the sky’ is strikingly accurate. Yet with such extreme heat comes the risk of sun-stroke and dangerous sun burn, especially for those who are not acclimatised to such heat. Here are three ways to stay safe in the sun.

Wear Sunscreen

It sounds obvious, but wearing sunscreen can be the difference between a holiday to remember and one to forget. It’s easy to get complacent when you’re lying by the pool or sunbathing at the beach, with the glorious heat beating down on you, but sunscreen needs to be applied every two hours for it to be effective.

UV rays from the sun also cause skin cancer, and with temperatures as high as 38 degrees, it’s imperative that a high factor cream is regularly applied. Don’t substitute safety for vanity in such heat, even with sunscreen; you’ll still leave your holiday looking more tanned than your friends who’ve stayed closer to home.

Enjoy the stunning inter-continental scenery without damaging your skin – after all, nobody wants to consolidate their holiday with a trip to the dermatology ward on the return home.

Take Siestas

The Spanish take siestas in the early afternoon, often to protect against the intensity of the mid-day sun. Unfortunately, few tourists follow in their tradition, which leaves them susceptible to the harshness of the sun’s UV rays.

An afternoon nap can leave you feeling reinvigorated and energised, ready to make the most of the night, which is when many destinations really come to life. This is certainly the case with the souks of Marrakech, illuminated by the lights of street food venders and alive with the hustle and bustle of hundreds of people, both locals and tourists, taking in the eccentric festive atmosphere.

If taking time out of your holiday to nap is really not on your cards, be sure to drink lots of bottled water and wear a sun cap to protect yourself from heat stroke.

Be Prepared

As always, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you regularly apply sunscreen, drink lots of water, wear sun caps and stay out of the most extreme heat, the sun doesn’t need to get in the way of your enjoyment.

If worst comes to worst, however, it’s vital that you’re ensured. For holidays outside of Europe, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) won’t be of any use to you and hospitals are often expensive for tourists.

Be sure to book single trip travel insurance to cover any medical costs you might incur. A little bit of preparation can save you money and make things a lot easier for you on the off-chance that the sun does lead to a short trip to the emergency room.

It’s Better To Be Safe Than Sorry

The globalised travel market is opening up the world for holiday makers. Areas which were once off limits are now standard holiday destinations for many. Don’t let the intensity of the sun ruin what should be one of the most exciting holidays of your life. With a few precautions and a little bit of preparation, the sun will be your best friend this summer, not your enemy.

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