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Dealing with an injury while on vacation

Vacations can be stressful, especially in the planning phase. You're taking off work, spending a large amount of money and leaving the comfort of your home and city. You want to make sure you get the most out of every dollar and hour. But the truth is that things can go wrong on vacation, just as they can go wrong in everyday life.

When an injury occurs on vacation, Psychology Today has some tips for dealing with the incident. First, if the incident is minor, you shouldn't let it derail your enjoyment or allow yourself to wallow in discomfort and depression. A sprained ankle or minor cut might mean you have to forgo some of the activities on your vacation, but hospitality staff at hotels and tourist areas can be very helpful. Find out if there are accommodations for injuries that let you enjoy part or all of the attraction or city despite your bad luck.

A minor injury could mean changes in your vacation plans, but those changes don't have to be negative. Instead of focusing on what you lose because of the incident, focus on what you might gain. You might see things or experience things you wouldn't have if your schedule was occupied with some of the outings you had previously planned.

Not all injuries are minor, though, and a serious injury could make it impossible to recover anything from your vacation at all. If that is the case, then looking to the future for a vacation may become the only positive thing you can do. You might also be able to seek compensation for medical bills, vacation expenses losses and other damages if the accident occurred because of someone else's actions.

Source: Psychology Today, "Coping with Vacation Accidents and Illnesses," F. Diane Barth, accessed Sep. 22, 2015

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