Exploring a different continent doesn’t mean your health is going to take a couple of months off. In fact, travelling the world can lead to more complications than being at home. Remember that exotic countries have unusual and bizarre diseases as well as sights and attractions. What’s potentially dangerous is the fact that your body might not be used to illnesses such as malaria and yellow fever.

Taking care of your body is essential, then, but it isn’t an easy balancing act. After all, you’re young, fun and virile and you want to see the world and party as well as be safe. Let’s face it – sometimes security doesn’t even get a courtesy ‘well that could be risky.’ Still, there’s no reason you can’t mix the experience of a lifetime and responsibility.

All it takes is a small amount of consideration as well as an understanding of the following. Here are the general health tips to keep in mind whilst on-the-go.

Do Your Research Before You Go

Health and well-being don’t start when you land on the tarmac; they begin at home. Researching potentially health issues is the only way to avoid them when you do visit a foreign country. For example, low lying wetlands such as Borneo and the Amazon rainforest are incubators for bacteria. In particular, mosquitoes carrying malaria, dengue and yellow fever are risks in these jungles. Asking for a prescription of malarone is one way to prevent contracting these diseases, especially as you need to take them before and after infection. Just visiting a medical professional is enough to safeguard against health hazards. From tetanus to hepatitis, they can all be vaccinated against months and weeks before travel. You’ll never know what you need unless you check first.  

Have A Backup

Some illnesses are impossible to stop, which is a scary prospect. Come on; no one can see a trip or a fall before it happens. If you could, you’d be a psychic and wouldn’t need a backup plan! Don’t let the thought of getting hurt or injured or worse stop you from exploring the world. Rightly or wrongly, it’s something travellers have to accept when they board a plane. Of course, there’s no reason to take unnecessary risks. So, always invest and carry an insurance policy in case you have to go to hospital. That way, you will be able to afford treatment and transport back home.Image

Don’t Be Frivolous

Certain health risks aren’t as harmful as others, which means they don’t get the same attention. What is this suggesting? It’s implying that people are less aware regarding sexual health. Yep, you may be inclined to risks that you wouldn’t with your overall physical health. Whatever happens, don’t be careless in the sack. Always carry condoms and look into buying the contraceptive pill online if possible. What’s more, use contraception, regardless of the method, to stay fit and health downstairs. Guys and girls, strangers that you don’t know, might be sexy and up for a good time, but it doesn’t mean they hold their body to a similar standard. If in doubt, don’t participate if it feels wrong.

Drink Lots Of H2O

Water is liquid gold abroad. Sadly, you won’t be able to drink it from the taps like at home, so be careful. Although it keeps the body regular, H2O also is potentially deadly if it carries bacteria and diseases. Once you have a steady stream of the good stuff, make sure to drink as much as you do alcohol. In fact, as a rule, take on more liquids that aren’t full of chemicals for the sake of your vital organs. Knocking back a beer or a can of soda can be tempting on holiday because it feels as if you can take a break. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case when you are away for months on end. In scorching temps, water is even more essential than ever.

Google It

Travellers used to worry about contracting an illness and not knowing until it was too late. There’s no reason to worry about that nowadays thanks to the search engine king that is Google. Simply typing in the symptoms will reveal a host of info and you can cross check the data for a match. Then, you can either dismiss it as frivolous and get on with having a good time, or you can consult a doctor. Either way, using the internet for medical advice is a quick, easy and accessible method for travellers on-the-go.

Do you have any tips which have served you well in a foreign land?

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