Traveller Wellbeing when on the Road: Tips on Staying Healthy while TravellingAugust 2, 2011
You're excited! You've just arrived in this new crazy country and you've hit the ground running – you're ready to go. Line up the beer and the fish-head curry and then you're up for trekking a mountain. May we whisper a word of caution at this point?: Acclimatisation. We know it's a brand-spanking new adventure and you're ready to explore but if you wind up exhausted with a diagnosis of traveller-tummy and culture-shockitis on the first day then all you'll be sight-seeing is the inside of that hostel room. So may we offer some tips on how to stay well whilst still having fun:
- Drink lots of water: this will keep you hydrated in new climates. It needs to be of the bottled variety and check that the seal is intact.
- Stay out of the sun at the hottest part of the day. Yawn, yawn you've heard it all before, we know – but looking like a boiled lobster just ain't a good style.
- If you are travelling to a town of increased altitude you will need to give your bod a couple of days minimum to get used to the reduced oxygen. It's best to lay of the beer and lay on a bed!
- Consider staying the first night when you're new in town in an above 'cheapest of the cheap' hotel room. It may cost a few dollars more but it'll be money well spent when you're relaxing in a warm shower or sleeping on a comfy bed. It'll give you the chance to get used to the changed surroundings without having to worry about a blocked toilet or cockroaches biting in the night!
- Talking of insects…would you like your's barbequed, fried or maybe boiled?! Ease yourself slowly into the food and your tum will thank you for it later.
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