Here's where you're most likely to get sick on holiday

Here's where you're most likely to get sick on holiday
Benidorm, Photo by Dario Fernandez Ruz

Getting sick on holiday is the pits.

How can you ensure your glamorous getaway doesn't turn into a trip to Ecoli-town? There are some holiday destinations that are much more likely to result in heads in toilet bowls than others.

The Forbes Advisor Travel Bug Index has revealed that Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic, is the top travel sickness spot, with Egypt's Sharm El Sheikh coming in second place and Cape Verde's Sal in third place.

Forbes reviewed millions of TripAdvisor reviews looking for words relating to travel illness such as 'salmonella', 'gastroenteritis' and 'food poisoning'. Destinations were then scored from 0-100 on the "Travel Bug Index' to reveal the worst offending holiday resorts.


Top 10 Travel Sickness Spots

  1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  2. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
  3. Sal, Cape Verde
  4. Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
  5. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  6. Bali, Indonesia
  7. Hurghada, Egypt
  8. Tulum, Mexico
  9. Boa Vista, Cape Verde
  10. Cancun, Mexico

While tourists in Europe are less likely to get ill on holidays, there are still some European destinations which scored higher on the Travel Bug Index than others.

The Top 10 Travel Sickness Spots in Europe

  1. Benidorm, Spain
  2. London, UK
  3. Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
  4. Paris, France
  5. Tenerife, Spain
  6. Menorca, Spain
  7. Majorca, Spain
  8. Rome, Italy
  9. Zante, Greece
  10. Mykonos, Greece

In order to avoid illness when abroad, Forbes advises seeking medical advice on necessary vaccinations and boosters, as well as avoiding tap water in certain destinations.


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