Almost half of all travel to far-flung destinations is undertaken by those aged 45 and older, a 2012 Mintel survey found.
“This age group usually chooses five-star accommodation, which can make you feel safe,” says Dr Richard Dawood, of the Fleet Street Clinic in London, a centre for travel medicine. “But research shows a five-star rating does not correlate with best hygiene – In fact, often the opposite can be the case.”
Be particularly cautious of buffets: “The buffet cutlery will have been handlined by many people and the food will have been standing for a long time,” says Dr Dawood.
He recommends travellers carry a kit containing three stages of diarrhoea treatment – oral rehydration sachets, diarrhoea relief tablets and for severe cases a supply of antibiotics.