Some people have that bucket list which says “#7 Holiday Vacation in a tropical country.” The ocean breeze, sandy beaches, and that tropical feel is a temptation that people find irresistible. Whenever the time comes that people do get to cross off that #7 item on their bucket list, they find themselves in a luxurious hotel near their dream destination.

People are in for a treat due to the lavish amenities and facilities provided by the hotel. Infinity pools, cocktail bars, and cable televisions, are just some of these perks people get to enjoy. Indeed the holidays are within reach. Certainly, times are fun and all, but how about when dream holidays turn into nightmares?

An accident in a hotel, in another country, is a favorite story of Hollywood writers for horror movies. No one in their right mind would want to be in such situations. Sometimes, the unimaginable happens. To be better prepared, here is a list of the common accidents that occur in hotels and what to do when being in one:

Accidents in the shower

A lot of people fail to see that a shower maybe incorrectly placed. Vacationers often jump immediately at a chance for a warm shower only to find out that it's too hot. Burns and Scalds often result from this and turn the beautiful holiday into a fiasco.

What to do:

We know that a long day’s trek or a walk around the beach can be tiring. When people get to their hotel rooms and into their bathrooms, the first thing they should do is check the shower’s setting. Check whether the heater is on maximum or not. Simple precautions such as these will save a lot of vacationers time, money, and that excruciating pain they get from a possible 1st or 2nd-degree burn.

In case a blister forms, do not attempt to pop it. Popping blisters can cause infection to the area and would only make things worse. Immediately call hotel personnel so that they can assist you with medical needs.

Slips and Trips

Slipping and tripping are the most common hotel accidents that happen to a vacationer. People are expecting that hallways and walkways are free from slip hazards. It is the hotel’s responsibility to remove any of these dangers. “Slippery Floor” signs are good indicators that a hotel is doing its job with providing safety.

What to do:

In case someone slips and falls, immediately go to the person in distress. If a person is not moving or is unconscious, do not carry the person. The reason for this is that the individual may have spinal injuries and further attempts of moving the person will only increase damage done by the fall. If the person is awake, always ask first before trying to help.

Call for hotel personnel for them to call medical services. If the injuries are severe, have someone document it in case legal actions are a possibility. Sometimes, court hearings can point out about the negligence hotels.


Drowning is every tourist’s worst fear. This type of hotel accident occurs when no markings about depth are present in a pool. The most susceptible victims of drowning are children who are not in under any parental supervision. Nevertheless, drowning is an entirely avoidable accident because hotel management has the responsibility of providing lifeguards by the pool.

What to do:

In the event, someone is drowning, assess the situation correctly. If the rescuer can manage to swim out and help the victim, they should proceed with caution. Safety for both rescuer and the victim is a priority. If one does not know how to swim, immediately call out for help and find something that can reach towards the victim. Items such as long rods or pool cleaners for leaves are good examples.

Now that you know about the common accidents that happen in the hotel, here are some more things to keep in mind when witnessing an accident or being in one:

Report the incident as accurately as possible.
Record as much information related to the accident.
Alert the hotel manager. Ask for the hotel accident book to record the said accident.
If you are overseas, speak to your holiday or vacation agent.

Take note of any witnesses present to back up facts further when legal action is imminent.
Keep receipts for any cost incurred because of medical treatment and medicine.
Seek legal advice or contact a law office once the vacation is over.


No one wants to be in pain during their dream holiday. A time for fun and relaxation are the things that tourists should be enjoying. When one does experience accidents, it is good to know about the things one can do.

Accidents choose no time, no age or gender, nor place for it to happen. Understanding one’s personal rights, even when overseas, can significantly help when seeking compensation for damages done. Hotels are liable if they are proven to be negligent in performing their responsibilities.

Author's Bio: 

Clarence Peterson is a writer who is very knowledgeable in Immigration Laws. He is also an adventurer, often traveling around the world to experience new cultures. In his free time, Clarence plays basketball. He also loves to share stories from his travels around the world. Clarence Peterson is currently living in Flint, Michigan.