Catching an is unpleasant for many reasons. First of all, you’re ill, which is already a bad start and can sometimes even ruin a trip. Second, you are likely to be unfamiliar with the local area and will have to find your way to medical care with limited information. And lastly, the country you find yourself in might have very different methods of healthcare than you are accustomed to at home, either for better or for worse. When you’re sick, it’s tempting to seek out the first solution in order to get better as quickly as possible, but when dealing with unfamiliar territory you should maintain a level of choosiness. However, if you’re prone to certain pain or illness, then preparing yourself could make your vacation a lot more comfortable. Before you depart, find a doctor who specializes in your illness; for instance, if you suffer from chronic pain, then speaking to means you could learn ways of coping with such pain, lessening its risk of ruining your time abroad.
When traveling far and to unfamiliar locations, it’s best to trust your instincts. Don’t eat food if you believe something might be wrong with it, choose bottled water over tap water unless you are sure it is safe, and avoid risky environments where safety could be an issue. Trust yourself and have fun!
Carolyn Scott-Hamilton. I’m a Latina holistic nutritionist, vegan chef, cookbook author, speaker, show host, consultant and healthy travel and lifestyle expert. From video web series and travel articles, to product reviews and healthy, vegan and gluten free recipes, you’ll find lots of info for a happier, healthier and greener lifestyle! After all, Life is a voyage, live it well!