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Travelling sick sucks: Travel Tips to staying healthy

Travelling sick really sucks so make sure you read our travel tips on staying healthy while travelling to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

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Travelling sick sucks especially if you end up in hospital!

There is nothing worse than travelling sick.

Not the kind of sick that leaves you with a little bit of the sniffles. I mean proper sick. The kind where your body aches in every nook and cranny.

Your throat feels like it is filled with sandpaper and your head pounds with the sounds of a construction crew.

Sitting in a hotel room staring out the window in some foreign city watching all the other tourists gorge themselves on sights while all you want to do is curl up at home and let your Mum look after you really sucks.

Travelling sick sucks especially if you end up in hospital!

Travelling sick sucks especially if you end up in hospital!

Actually there is something worse…

And that is when you have a trip coming up and you can feel the start of a cold coming on.

We had planned to go Mountain Biking in the north of England over the weekend and had even pre-booked our accommodation at the local YHA in Kielder. Unfortunately all week I have had the effects of one of those very colds.

Waking up bright and early on a beautiful Saturday morning with our bags packed and bikes set up I knew immediately that there was no way I could enjoy myself on this trip. I felt like shit.

There was nothing to do but cancel.

I had done everything right. I was a pill popping maniac. A few lozenges here, Vitamin C there. Nothing helped and the flu hit me like a tonne of bricks.

Could I have battled on and gone on the trip. Sure I could have. Would I have felt sorry for myself the anytime. You betcha.

We want to make sure that you don’t feel like me and get to enjoy your holidays! So these are our top travel tips to stay healthy while travelling:

Healthy eating and maintaining a balanced diet

Travelling and maintaining a healthy diet. “Pffff as if” you are thinking! Well let me tell you it can be done. Eating right will not only help keep you healthy it will also keep you on top off the world giving you the energy to continue exploring.

Vending machine lights will attract travellers like moths to a flame. Make sure you grab your 5 a day with local fruit and veges which will always be cheaper than that greasy kebab at the corner market stall.

Fruit and Veges Staying Healthy Travelling Sick sucks

Keep hydrated

If you are a frequent plane traveller then you will know that you will become dehydrated when you fly. And it is not just your insides. Your skin will become dry as well so remember to use moisturizers and fine sprays to keep your skin moist too.

Staying fit

The temptation to relax at all inclusive resorts can be alluring. However, just be aware that if you do then you are more likely to put on those few pounds that you probably tried so hard to shed before you started travelling.

If you are like us then you probably stay reasonably active on holidays. But you don’t have to go mountain biking in Canada or diving in the Red Sea to do that. Instead of catching a taxi or bus across town consider hiring a bike or using those two things sticking out the bottom of your pants. Yes, your feet!

Stay healthy by biking in Paris on the velibs

Stay healthy by biking in Paris on the Velibs

Get lots of Sleep

Travelling across time zones will quickly screw up your body clock. Unfortunately it is one of the hardest tips to set right. With your head nodding onto your chest do you try to grab an hours sleep when you arrive or party till you drop?

We recommend fitting in with the local time zone immediately. If it is the morning when you arrive then make sure you stay up till at least the evening. This will help you adjust quickly while still giving the rest you need to stay healthy while travelling.

Keep your paws clean

I was horrendously sick when we visited Marrakech and we could never pinpoint what went wrong. I don’t know whether it was the food I ate, the snake that was forced around my neck and made to kiss or something I touched. All I know is that I lost 8 kilograms in 2 weeks.

We wash our hands with alcohol sanitizer after we handle money or go to the bathroom when we are in foreign countries. It is disgusting not knowing what other people have done and then not washed their hands. So take all the precautions you can as well.

Wash your hands after handling snakes in Marrakech

Wash your hands after handling snakes in Marrakech

Medicines and Vaccinations

While you don’t have to carry a suitcase of spare meds as most places will stock the standards like paracetamol, cough drops and other pain killers. It is wise to carry spare prescriptions with you and translate lists of medications you usually use if you are headed to a foreign country.

If you regularly take medicines such as for asthma like myself then you know how much of a pain in the ass it can be if you run out or misplace your inhaler.

If you are headed somewhere that may require vaccinations then make sure you plan those well in advance. Some may require several doses over the course of a couple of months.

Better safe than sorry

These are pretty basic travel tips, but the basics are the ones that most of us often forget. Our greatest piece of advice is just to stop and consider everything you do, before you do it.

If the food doesn’t look quite cooked, or the water is cloudy, or that dude offering to shake your hand just sneezed into it then it might be worthwhile skipping it.

You do not want to end up like me at the moment and be travelling sick!

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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36 Comments

  1. Monica

    February 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Great advice. There is nothing worse than being sick while travelling but most of the time you never really know what it was that made you sick.
    I’d also add that you should always try to eat in busy restaurants – even if that posh 5* restaurant ‘looks’ nicer. The busiest places always have fresh food and not something that’s been sat around waiting for a tourist all day.

    I hope you feel better soon!

    • Cole

      February 20, 2012 at 8:40 PM

      Good point Monica about the busy restaurants! You always know it is going to be nice as well if it is packed with locals 🙂

  2. Cathy Sweeney

    February 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Great tips. I rarely get sick while traveling and it’s because I do these things (well, maybe I don’t get enough sleep). My husband swears by Colloidal Silver — uses it when he’s starting to feel a cold or flu coming on.

    • Cole

      February 20, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      Never heard of Colloidal Silver. Will look in to it thanks Cathy! We hardly get sick either but when I do it is the worst man-flu ever haha

    • Cole

      February 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      Haha yea we are pretty clued up on insurance now Stef after all our luck with broken bones and injuries 😉

      • Izy Berry

        March 27, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        Yeah, I think you got sick because the snake was angry you didn’t give him any tongue 😉 he put some voodoo curse on you – hehe!

        Nice tips. I’ve been sick a few times on the road, sucks, especially when you’re on your own. but it’s life = )

        • Cole

          March 28, 2012 at 3:18 PM

          Hahaha best comment ever! It’s fair to say that Adela didn’t want to kiss me after either 🙂

  3. Sam

    February 20, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Well timed breaks from alcohol also seem to give your body a better chance of staying flu free and so forth.

    • Cole

      February 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      Haha yup a rest from alcohol can make a world of difference. Its amazing how much you can end up drinking on a holiday and then pay for it by getting sick!

  4. Suzanne Courtney

    February 20, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Great tips – when in Marrakech we were advised not to buy orange juice from the stalls in the square. There’s nothing wrong with the juice but apparently the cups are washed in very dirty water… In India handwash was a must have.

    • Cole

      February 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      We drank the juice every day because it was so delicious so it could have been the glasses that made me sick! Unfortunately you never know with these things.

  5. Cherina

    February 21, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    e great list, Cole. I hardly ever get sick when travelling but recently ended up with a horrible case of food poisoning from food that seemed absolutely fine. So annoying when you do all the right things and still get sick. Hope you are feeling better soon!

    • Cole

      February 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      Thanks Cherina. Still sick but starting to bounce back slowly!

  6. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    February 21, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    I’m just getting over a nasty cold so I can relate. 🙂 We’ve found that sleep is a big one for us — as soon as we start traveling too quickly and feel run down, we start sniffling.

    • Cole

      February 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Sleep is the key I think. Adela is lucky she can sleep anywhere but I always struggle on planes etc. And hate taking sleeping pills as it makes me feel worse I think.

  7. Laurence

    February 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Travelling sick is the worst – it’s the only time when travelling that I’d prefer to be curled up at home!

    • Cole

      February 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      I hear you Laurence! Nothing worse than missing out on something all because of a cold.

  8. Jarmo @ Arctic Nomad

    February 21, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    I think I’ve been pretty lucky with my health on my travels so far, nothing too bad, and I tend to eat from almost every street vendor I find and I while I used to have an alcohol sanitizer bottle, I gave it away after it sat six months in my bag unopened.

    I do agree about the medications. You can’t really trust good medicine being available everywhere. The only time I got sick properly while travelling last year was of course in a small village in the Philippines where the most advanced medicine I could find was four tablets of Paracetamol! So do keep some basic medications (and antibiotics) with you 🙂

    • Cole

      February 22, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      We don’t travel with antibiotics but all the usual medicines we try to carry for sure.

    • Cole

      February 24, 2012 at 8:08 AM

      Thanks Aisleen! Agree with ya there 😉

  9. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    February 23, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    I have been very lucky during my travels. Only one really bad cold that lasted over 2 weeks and 1 case of food poisoning in 16 months of travel. That is mainly because I follow the tips you have outlined here… except I never use hand sanitizer. I figure the germs and bacteria in small portions make my body stronger 🙂

    • Cole

      February 24, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      Never sure if the sanitizer works or not but didn’t seem to in Marrakech! I am just getting over the worst cold I have had in a number of years. Really knocked me back.

  10. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    February 23, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Great tips on staying healthy! My problem is not usually getting sick while I am traveling, but for some reason getting sick once I return! Never fails after a big trip!

    • Cole

      February 24, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      I think that is always the case! We are always run down after a trip as we burn ourselves out and need a holiday from the holiday haha.

  11. Leslie (Downtown Traveler)

    February 25, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Solid tips for staying healthy on the road! I’d agree that hand sanitizer is key especially when traveling in areas without good sanitation or even soap and running water in restrooms.

    • Cole

      February 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      Thanks Leslie! We always wash our hands after handling money or using the bathroom in countries where we cannot drink the water. It’s an annoying precaution but hopefully it works.

  12. The GypsyNesters

    March 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Excellent – and you are right, a lot of it is basics. BUT I need to be reminded about the basics constantly! It’s so easy to get caught up in seeing new things and forgo proper sleep and eating! -Veronica

    • Cole

      March 2, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      We are terrible at not remembering the basics until we are sick and by then it is always too late!

  13. Gelois

    March 21, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Hello,
    I’m Cuban, I like reading. I visit blogs that are interesting.
    I found your blog and liked it. I hope to visit you often.

    A kiss from Galicia, Spain

    I invite you to visit my blog

    • Cole

      March 22, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Thanks! Much appreciated 🙂

  14. Lucy | gapyeardotcom

    June 7, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    You’re so right – nothing sucks as much as being on your travels and feeing ill.

    Looking after yourself can often be overlooked when you are having so much fun 😛 Keep hydrated is the one I always need to remember to do 🙂

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Plan An Awe Inspiring Trip To Western Australia

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Gaining the opportunity to visit Western Australia is the chance of a lifetime that must be grasped with both hands, as it’s a destination that many people can only dream of visiting. Travelling to W. Australia from any European country can often take several days of flying and driving, but if you are able to withstand this experience then you will no doubt be greeted with the most awe inspiring of locations upon arrival. Planning the perfect adventure can sometimes seem like an almost impossible thanks to thousands of activities and entertainment available, but there are a few simple tips and tricks that you can take on board to ensure your vacation can be treasured forever. So, if you want to find out more, then read on to uncover some of the best ideas and concepts that you can utilise today to plan the most amazing adventure through Western Australia! 

Exploring The History 

There’s such a wealth of history and culture across Western Australia, with hundreds of unique places to visit perfect for any kind of traveler. From weird and wonderful rock formations partnered with ancient Aboriginal sites, to vast green vineyards supporting world renowned wineries just a short drive from unfathomably clear water at almost every beach spot, Western Australia really is a land of seemingly endless exploration for all. If you are a bit of a history or culture buff and you’d like to experience as much of this as you can during your trip, then it’s a great idea to research the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail. It can take you through some of the most iconic spots inside Western Australia, from gold mining facilities to grand museums and art galleries too. 

Meet Mother Nature 

Failing to explore the wonders of Mother Nature during your trip to Western Australia is such a missed opportunity, as the landscape and wildlife is unlike any other country on earth. Australia is such an enormous land mass, meaning the weather and climate is completely different on one side of the island when compared with another. For example, in the NW (north west) regions of Western Australia, the general landscape consists of broad flat plateaus, arranged neatly next to several mountain ranges, whereas the eastern area of WA is made up of immense hot deserts. WA is larger than Western Europe in its entirety, and it contains Australia’s sunniest capital city along with its  whitest beach, greatest outback expanse, and even one of the oldest known cultures on our planet today. Whether you want to trek through the beautiful nature reserves, raft down invigorating white water, dive in the sea with the fishes or climb to the highest peak, there’s bound to be an awe inspiring experience that’s perfect for your unique presences. 

Planning the best trip to Western Australia has never been so simple when you are able to make the most of the brilliant ideas and concepts detailed above! Be sure to pack your sunscreen, as the temperature is never forgiving.

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Injured in a Car Accident While Travelling through Florida from Another State?   

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First of all, you wish your car accident didn’t happen. Unfortunately, the chances of you being in an accident and suffering an injury can increase while traveling. You are probably driving more miles than usual and, maybe, taking part in more activities than you would on a normal day.  

It all adds up to this: getting injured in a car accident can catch you off guard. Various kinds of pain and aches, taking time off from work to visit doctors and chiropractors are inconvenient, to say the least. 

What’s more, nothing can prepare you for something like this. There’s no step by step guide for what to do next. All you know is that you need help.

So what do you need to know to protect yourself legally after being injured in a car accident in Florida while traveling from another state?

Handling the auto insurance claim from your home state 

The most important thing you need to know about auto insurance is that it extends beyond state lines. Therefore, if you bought your car in your home state but got into an accident in Florida, your insurance policy still covers you.

In other words, because your car insurance will cover you no matter where you are in the U.S., filing an insurance claim for an out-of-state car accident is the same process as filing a claim for an in-state accident.

Similarly, when you carry Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) coverage in your state, if another driver is liable for your car accident in Florida, you should be covered under your own UM/UIM insurance policy.

However, if you cannot settle the claim, you will have to file a lawsuit under Florida’s laws. Because the accident occurred in Florida, it falls under this state’s jurisdiction. 

Filing a personal injury lawsuit  

Let’s look at an example: You live in the city of Valdosta, Georgia. One winter, you decide to make a road trip to Miami for vacation. While driving through Florida, your car gets hit by another driver. He is visiting family in Florida but he is also from out of town, living in Alabama. 

You’re injured in the car accident and decide to sue the negligent driver whose actions led to the accident. In general, you can file a lawsuit in the state where: 

  • The car accident occurred (Florida), or
  • The negligent party resides (Alabama).

Dealing with the laws of at least two states 

“It may not be easy to understand which laws apply to your car accident. If you were injured in an accident in Miami and you’re from another state, in general, you’re going to be dealing with, at least, Florida law and your state’s law. That’s why your car accident case can be similar in many ways to that of someone who lives in Florida. However, you often have different possibilities for costs’ compensation,” says Miami car accident lawyer Sean M. Cleary. 

For brevity, the essential information you need to know is that Florida law applies:

  • In general, to all car accidents that occur in Florida. There is a presumption that the laws of the state where the accident occurred apply, regardless of the residencies of the parties involved.
  • To the types of compensation you may get. In Florida, you can only recover compensation for your out of pocket medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. You can’t get compensation for the full billed charges. 

Your state’s law will determine at least:

  • If you have to pay back health insurance from the settlement 
  • What period of time is available for you in order to sue your UM insurer.

About the author:

Sean M. Cleary is the principal attorney and founder of The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, personal injury law firm based in Miami, Florida, representing individuals in car accident, product liability and medical malpractice cases.

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Take a Beach Holiday – in Chicago

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Chicago is the Windy City. It’s the place we see in movies, where people wrap up warm in winter and the snow is crisp and even. Or perhaps that’s just my impression ever since the release of Home Alone (1990), which, yes, was filmed in Chicago. Although, going by those rules, my impression of Chicago should also be that it’s forever December and the actor Joe Pesci stalks neighbourhoods looking for easy to swipe loot. Who knows, maybe that is what he gets up to these days, but I doubt it.

If your impression of Chicago was even slightly in the same ballpark, you might be surprised to learn that the city has 15 beaches spread out along 26 miles of shoreline. I know. Weird, isn’t it. Like finding out there’s a secret room at the top of the Eiffel Tower or like the first time you see Australia with a line drawn down the middle to show that it’s a dog’s head on the left and cat’s head on the right. Crazy stuff.

Now, before visiting Chicago’s beaches, please be aware that Chicago is big. Well, for a start it has 26 miles of beaches. We’re hardly dealing with a one horse town. This means it gets congested. A lot. Always travel with the details of a local lawyer to hand. Just in case, otherwise you could find yourself far from home wasting valuable time reading Google reviews when something goes wrong. Anyway, let’s get on with it.

Ohio Street Beach

Visiting Chicago usually comes with the advice to stay on the Magnificent Mile (or close to it). This is Chicago’s tourist trap of shops, restaurants, architecture, and entertainment. The Ohio Street Beach is the closest beach to the Mag’ Mile. This little much loved beach is something of a gem, as it’s less visited due to having no on site restaurants or restrooms. But for a stroke or a midday laze? Perfect.

Oak Street Beach

Kick things up a notch with the Oak Street Beach, just north of the Ohio Street Beach. Although not swarming with visitors, you can get food here, making it the perfect beach for dining out and starting the evening off with a little culture. However, if you really want to have a good time…

The North Avenue Beach

This is where people come to have fun. Think food. Think restrooms. Think beach houses, outdoor showers, people getting a tan, and volleyball nets – basically, Rio eat your heart out. OK, perhaps it’s not quite Brazil. But Chicago is on the same line of latitude as Barcelona, Rome, and Istanbul.

For all these sandy reasons and more, why not add Chicago to your must-see travel list.

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