Dear Team Travel,
I’ve been super fortunate to have travelled a lot. The first time I went overseas, I was 10 years old. I went with my family and church to Nicaragua for a missions trip. It was an amazing experience.
I’ve also been able to travel for fun. Some of the places I’ve visited are Jamaica, Mexico and New Zealand… along with several others!
Since I’ve been able to travel so much, I wanted to have a portion of my blog focus on those experiences. However, I don’t want to just tell stories… I want to help answer questions too!
After some quick research, I found some commonly asked travel questions. I was going to answer a few different ones, but I found out that I had a lot to say about one in particular…
What do you do to stay healthy when you travel?
This is a great question to ask. No matter where I’ve gone, I’ve found that staying healthy is a STRUGGLE. If you get sick while on vacation, it can ruin the entire experience. So, here’s what I’ve found works:
- Vitamin C and Vitamin D
Now, I’m not really into taking supplements…I probably should be, but that’s another blog post (?) for another time. However, these two are MIRACLE workers! Start taking them about 5-7 days before your tripe. This helps to build up your immune system to all the junk you encounter at the airport, on the airplane, hotels, etc… Keep taking them while you’re there and for a few days after you get back.
As frustrating as it can be to hold off on certain activities, you NEED to rest if you feel something coming on. Listen to your body. The worst thing you can do is push yourself too far and either be miserable for the rest of your trip or be miserable when you return back home.
- Be a picky eater
(Note: This really only applies if you’re traveling to a different country)
If the locals are telling you to not eat something, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT eat it..no matter how hungry or how delicious it looks. New places = germs and bacteria that your immune system has not been introduced to. The people that live there have already been exposed to the common germs/bacteria there so their immune systems can fight any junk that’s in those foods. Your immune system can NOT.
- Drink water
(Note: If you’re traveling to a third-world country, make sure to only drink bottled water!!!)
Drink even more water than you typically would. I don’t care if you’re going to the beach, snowboarding, or walking around town….drink water.
- Other Medicines
Dramamine is one of my favorites. I get motion sick VERY easily so this bad boy has become one of my best friends. This is especially helpful if you’re going to a place that has different driving/traffic patterns than what you’re use to. For me, this was India. It’s a lot of start stop traffic so I would take this before I got into the tuk-tuk.
Mucinex. Not one of the sexiest medicines to talk about, but this also is a huge help. I’ve found that when I start to get run-down, one of the symptoms is a cold. As you know, when you get a cold, you often get a runny and/or stuffed nose (yummm!). If you don’t attack the problem right away (with Mucinex!!!!), it WILL evolve into something worse. Not taking care of a cold right away has royally screwed up some of my travel experiences.
What else would you like to hear about???? I have travel stories, mission/volunteer work stories, and lots of tips and tricks I’ve learned about both! If you have a question or idea, either COMMENT or EMAIL me by using the contact box below ⬇️. I’d be happy to talk to you about any and all things related to travel.
‘Till next time,