If you look like your passport photo, you’re too ill to travel.
I’ve had diarrhea in forty nations.
Eugene Robert Black
It is all well and good to talk about adventure travel on a budget, but no one wants the “adventure” part of adventure travel to be losing your last meal far from home.
As an added resource, I have found several sites with helpful tips on how to stay healthy when you travel.
- Familydoctor.org has a list of vaccines you might get before you travel, precautions against food that could make you sick and what to put in a first aid kit.
- Govexec.com has a number of tips for business travelers, including how to keep up with your exercise schedule while on the road, how to deal with jet lag, and the importance of getting up to stretch your legs while on a long flight. The link to this information is at: http://www.govexec.com/features/1002/1002travelS5.htm
- There is a good article for cruise travelers on how to avoid getting sick when you go ashore in findarticles.com . The article, which you can find at findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCP/is_5_23/ai_83582782, offers some very good advice on how to keep your long-dreamed-of cruise vacation a happy and healthy experience.
- Gorp.away.com has a whole section of great articles on this subject at gorp.away.com/gorp/health/main.htm Since Gorp is particularly focused on outdoor adventure travel and tours, their site emphasizes staying healthy outdoors. Among the topics they cover are, avoiding acute mountain sickness, avoiding poison ivy and other pesky plants, preventing heat exhaustion and how to protect yourself from tick-borne diseases.
I certainly hope these references will go a long way toward keeping you safe and healthy when you travel. By all means, make sure your “adventure” travel is the right kind of adventure and stay healthy.
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