"Holiday illness? More than my job's worth…"
If you're planning a holiday in a glamorous location, you could be entering a region where the bugs are just as exotic as the palm-fringed beach – and a lot more resilient than a summer cold.
Even if you're closer to home, illnesses like salmonella
and others can spread like wildfire, especially in all-inclusive holiday resorts
If you do become ill, you'll need to report it to your holiday rep
. And while he or she might be sympathetic, you should brace yourself for a litany of reasons why it's your fault and not theirs
So for when you come to report a holiday illness
, here are the…
Holiday reps' Top 10 excuses:
But our all-time favourite?
- You must have had the illness before you came away on holiday
- It's a '24-hour' bug
- No real problem – it's just your body adjusting to the change in climate and food
- There's no-one else ill, so how can there be a problem at the hotel?
- You must have picked up the bug outside the hotel
- It's obviously a mysterious airborne virus
- A change in the local bacteria – it's found naturally in fresh food in these parts
- Too much sun or too much alcohol… stands to reason that it's overindulgence
- Swimming in the sea
- Other guests soiling the swimming pools and causing contamination
It was at a popular hotel where reps were told to advise holidaymakers that the illness afflicting some of them was due to a "norovirus"
. On mishearing the instructions, a certain rep went among guests telling them the bug was a "northern virus"
, adding insult to injury by adding that it had been brought in by, er, northerners.
Seriously though, if you book a package holiday you're automatically covered by the Package Travel Regulations 1992
. So if the hotel puts your health on the line, get on the line straight away and make a holiday illness compensation claim
against your UK-based tour operator.