"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, campylobacter, shigella, cryptosporidium, e-coli and others can spread like wildfire, especially in all-inclusive holiday resorts.

Report your Holiday Illness to your RepIf 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:

  • 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

But our all-time favourite? 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.

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