Holidays often mean fun in the sun and for some, that fun extends into the night. A combination of party fun, flowing alcohol, and charming foreigners could lead to a sexual encounter as caution is thrown to the wind.
Being on holiday does not mean not being safe, so take the necessary precautions by carrying contraception, watch your alcohol consumption, and firmly say no if a situation takes you out of your comfort zone.
Both male and female travellers and holidaymakers should take condoms on holiday, and always carry them in your purse or pocket on a night out. You may not actually be planning to sleep with anyone but this is definitely a case of better being safe than sorry. Using other methods of contraception may be your first choice, but condoms will lessen the risk of picking up a sexually transmitted disease that could ruin your holiday and even cause future health problems.
One of the main reasons for having unprotected sex is the effect alcohol has on our bodies. Alcohol can affect you more in the sun than it normally does so watch your consumption of those holiday cocktails and do not get so drunk that you don’t know what you’re doing. Waking up with a hangover is bad enough; waking up next to a total stranger can be embarrassing and even dangerous.
Keep an eye on your drinks at parties, as this is a time when you can be vulnerable to having your drink spiked. ‘Date rape’ drugs or predator drugs, as they are also known, are becoming a real problem all over the world. Victims of drink spiking have reported losing consciousness or awareness of their surroundings and waking up to find signs of sexual assault such as disarranged clothing and physical signs of a sexual encounter.
Make sure if you are planning to go out that you tell your friends where you are going or go out with friends who can keep an eye on each other. If you do meet someone and plan to go home with him or her, make sure that others are aware of where you plan to go, and make sure you have money for a taxi and know how to get back to your accommodation.
It can be easy to get carried away when you meet somebody attractive so remember that you have the right to say no at any time. You may not speak their language but communicating can be easy using body language and gestures. Learning a little of the language is always helpful for saying no and asking for help if you run into difficulties. Trust your instincts and leave a potentially dangerous situation if it looks as if the other person is becoming aggressive. Watch your alcohol consumption and if you do meet someone, use a condom when having sex.