So you’re finally headed on that awesome vacation but you’re worried about the toll that it could take on your health. Firstly, allow me to start by saying that, unless you’re over 70, you should get over it – I mean . . . really? If, however, you’re determined to worry about what you’re eating and how you’re living while you’re roaming around the ruins of ancient Rome, then I suppose we could provide some intelligent tips on how to keep yourself in top form.
Keep it clean
If you’re going to a country with a bad reputation in terms of water quality or sanitation issues then stick to bottled water and wash your hands a lot, it’s that simple. Bottled water might be for suckers alone in most first world counties but if you’re hitting certain parts of the Middle East or Africa then you’ll suddenly find it your new best friend. If the country seems a touch run down then wash those paws after using public transportation or giving a street person the high five.
Get your shots
Getting a few inches of cold steel drilled into your arm or backside might sound like it would be unpleasant . . . and it is. Unfortunately there are a few nasty things floating around the world out there that your immune system might not be used to dealing with since you’d be coming from another country. Fantastic things that you might enjoy catching, but shouldn’t, include:
- Japanese encephalitis
- Influenza (the flu)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
- Yellow fever
- Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids
- Typhoid fever
- Meningococcal meningitis
Stay away from Fast Food
If you go to Thailand and do nothing but eat at the franchise chain restaurants that you recognise from your own country – then you should probably have stayed home and played Monopoly. Don’t do what you’ve always done just because it’s familiar since that defeats the purpose of being on a vacation. Living on fast food during your trip is going to catch up with you later and you’ll miss out on all the superior local cuisine.
Give yourself a day
You might think that you’re going on vacation to relax but the truth is that all the running around, activities and adventures you’ll find yourself participating in will be pretty tiring, rather than relaxing. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but you should plan your holiday time to ensure that you still get a full day of rest before you have to be at work after you’ve returned home. No one is going to feel sympathy for you when you take a sick day shortly after getting back from your trip to Greece.