5 Helpful Tips For Healthy Travel Abroad
I thought I would briefly touch on Five Important Tips For Healthy Travel, especially for those traveling to foreign country’s. I received these tips from my Family Doctor who travels extensively. I felt they were so important and just had to share them with you to help make your vacation safe, healthy and happy!
Recently, I made an appointment with my family doctor as part of preparing for our vacation abroad. I was getting a series of travel shots for our trip and was receiving the last immunization. Our family doctor loves to travel regularly with his family and briefly mentioned 5 of the most important things to keep in mind when traveling.
First, check out this short video on what one Doctor has to say about sustaining family health.
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Ensure Healthy Travel
Have you heard stories from people over the years who have gone away on a trip and who were injured or became ill from something that could have easily been prevented? Have you ever found yourself in that position while on vacation in the past? I certainly have and I know it could have been prevented quite easily!
In fact, most illnesses and injuries that occur while on holidays can be avoided.
Here are the five tips my family doctor passed on to me …
Family Health Tip # 1
Don’t Get Hit
Without a doubt the most important tip to remember and according to my family doctor and remarkably is the number one cause of injury or death for those on vacation is injury or death due to getting hit. According to my family doctor this is the leading cause of injury or death for people on vacation. This is serious injury and/or death as a result of getting hit.
In most cases, as a result of being involved in a motor vehicle collision of some nature or getting struck by a vehicle while walking. This can be heart-breaking particularly during family holidays.
Beware of Renting Scooters
Surprisingly, this is the number one cause of injury or death for vacationers. Do think twice about renting scooters, especially if you have limited or no experience riding a motorcycle.
I personally experienced a young individual on a rental scooter who barely escaped being struck and killed by a large truck while riding in Mexico. If not for the quick action of the truck driver, the person renting the scooter surely would have been killed. This person pulled out into traffic without looking and appeared to be clearly operating the scooter without any prior experience.
In most cases, it is because of a lack of experience riding a 2 wheeled motorcycle. As well, contributing factors include riding in unfamiliar territory and sadly, in many cases, riding while under the influence of alcohol.
I do not recommend renting scooters in highly congested traffic areas you are unfamiliar with, unless you have the proper training and experience beforehand.
My son and I enjoyed a wonderful scooter tour in Saigon, Vietnam recently. We rode with experienced riders as passengers having a great time! As well, in a much quieter area of Vietnam, we did rent scooters for the day, having prior experience and with little to no traffic on the roads to worry about.
Travel Health Tip # 2
Don’t Get Bit
When traveling with children, it is very important to take the necessary precautions to help prevent getting bit by bugs and insects. Especially important if traveling to tropical destinations where nasty snakes, spiders and mosquitoes are present. For most of us who enjoy those great all inclusive vacations to beautiful tropical beach resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico or any other tropical paradise, do take steps to prevent insect bites!
On one occasion while traveling, I foolishly walk into heavy brush without thinking, and received a nasty spider bite that made me ill for days and requiring a visit to the local doctor!
Illnesses contracted from mosquito bites are becoming increasingly more prevalent.
Such diseases are…
- West Nile Virus
- Dengue Fever
- Yellow Fever
Be sure to carry plenty of bug repellent with you and ensure you have the necessary travel immunizations recommended for the country you are visiting.
International Travel Tip # 3
Don’t Step On It
A no brainer here, but one often avoided or neglected by tourists. Please, do not walk around in bare feet, especially when strolling on streets or sidewalks! My doctor informed me that you can contract a multitude of diseases and injuries for that matter by walking around barefoot other than on the beach.
Wear some sort of footwear all time!
Your risk for contracting diseases and injuries multiply ten-fold when walking around in bare feet. In fact my doctor stated that this is at the top of the list for contracting …
There are many other bad diseases that can be contracted by walking bare foot as well. It is always better to be safe than sorry, especially when traveling with your kids.
Quick Health Tip # 4
Don’t Get Lit ( drunk, inebriated, sloshed and tipsy )
More simply put, do not over indulge in alcoholic beverages!
Unfortunately, this is one other very common cause for injuries, arrests and even death for those away on vacation. Many people, especially those enjoying all inclusive type holidays, do tend to over indulge when it comes to drinking alcohol. This is because there generally is no extra charge and the alcohol is free! Check out my recent article on All Inclusive Self Destructive Vacations.
Sure it is fun to let loose and enjoy oneself while away, but only at the right time and above all in the right place. It is quite normal to let your guard down after drinking too much alcohol, and this is when we become most vulnerable to those around observing us.
Here are three of the more common complications that arise after consuming too much alcohol for those away on holidays. Certainly no different whether you are away from home or not!
- (DUI) arrest for driving under the influence
- Becoming involved in a fight or altercation
- Becoming the victim of a Robbery
Try to exercise some simple common sense when it comes to drinking alcohol, especially when traveling in unfamiliar and foreign countries.
While we’re on the subject of drinking, always use caution where water is concerned! It really does not matter where you travel to, your body will not be used to the local water and its bacteria content. If not properly treated, water can make you very ill.
Try to use bottled water if you can or water that is purified! You can become quite ill by simply brushing your teeth using non purified tap water. As well, ice cubes served in your drinks can make you sick if untreated.
So be cautious of water always, to help maintain good health while away. As mentioned earlier, even more so when traveling with young children.
Quick Health Tip # 5
Don’t Eat (S # @ T)
Last but not least on the list of healthy travel suggestions is to be cautious of what you eat when away from home. Here are a couple of pointers to keep in the back of your mind when eating.
Be sure what you are eating is thoroughly cooked. It is recommended to stay away from any raw foods. As well, be wary of anything that has been cooked and may have been standing out in the open for an unknown length of time.
- Stay away from raw vegetables that have not been washed.
- Try to only eat raw fruit that can be peeled such as bananas, oranges and so on.
- Be especially careful eating seafood, particularly shellfish that may have been caught in polluted waters. Hepatitis and other food-borne diseases can be caught as a result.
I have known many healthy family members and friends that have come down with mild to severe illnesses from eating while away on vacation. Many, from eating contaminated shell fish that have been served in self-serve buffets or purchased from street food vendors. 😥
I am always cautious and careful not to overindulge when eating any kind of shellfish from all inclusive buffets at resorts and on cruise ships. Everything in moderation! I discovered a helpful website that explains a couple of reasons for shell fish contamination.
A great quote for everyone to keep in the back of their mind when traveling …
Or Forget It!
By taking a few extra precautions while away, you and your family can stay healthy on your holidays. For more excellent family health tips, check out this recent article I read on a very reputable website. I have added their website link below for your convenience.
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