I am a real travel lover, whenever I can, I hop on a plane and head off to somewhere else. I’ve been lucky enough to do a lot of travelling during my life, so I am quite experienced when it comes to the ups and downs of exploring new places.
Today, I thought I would talk about how travelling can affect your health. While there are many benefits of exploring the world, one of the major downsides is the effect that it can have on your health.
One thing many travelers fail to think about before planning a trip abroad is their health and how traveling could affect it. However, it is something that all travelers should think about before jetting off.
To help you do that, I have put together a guide to four things that can affect your health while you are travelling. (Hopefully, this should help you to stay healthy while you are away.)
1. Food poisoning
The number one health problem that we travelers face is food poisoning. The problem is that many places across the world have much lower standards of hygiene and safety when it comes to food, which can make us ill.
To prevent yourself from getting ill from what you eat, pick the things that you eat carefully as well as where you will and won’t eat from. You can always ask the locals for suggestions of the best places to eat if you get stuck.
2. Water bugs
In many places across the world, the water isn’t safe to drink. Many of us are used to water that has been purified, which means that drinking water that contains bugs could make us unwell. So when you are travelling abroad, the most important thing to do is be careful of what you drink.
Don’t drink any tap water or have ice cubes in your drinks, as this could make you unwell. Instead, opt to drink only bottled water or from a fresh coconut!, to ensure that you don’t become sick while you are away.
Chances are that while you are traveling, you will spend at least some of your time in bars and at parties. However, what you don’t want to end up doing is drinking every day, as if you do this, you could end up becoming addicted as well as dehydrated.
You may think that no matter how much alcohol you drink, you won’t get addicted. But that’s not necessarily the case, if your body gets used to having alcohol every day, you could quickly become dependent on it. It might be a scary thought, but it’s important to be aware of the potential danger.
As well as monitoring your drinking, it’s also important to keep an eye on how much your travel buddies are drinking. If you notice that one of the group is drinking a little too much, it might be a good idea to talk to them about it. Failing that, getting them help before it goes too far is important. You can learn how to get someone into rehab here, so if needs be, you’ll know what to do.
This one might sound a little strange, but hear me out. You may be offered drugs while you are travelling, as in many places in the world, drugs are incredibly common. From marijuana to cocaine, you will come across all sorts of different things.
Don’t make the mistake of saying yes to drugs – you have no idea what is in them. It can be hard saying no, especially when everyone else says yes, but if you value your health, and your mental and spiritual well-being, you won’t cave to peer pressure.
Travelling can be a lot of fun and a fantastic experience, as long as you look after your health while you are away.
Have you ever gotten sick while travelling?