September 15, 2022
Finally leaving for vacation, you begin to feel unwell. It’s Sod’s Law. But don’t worry, it won’t make your journey miserable. The following list of 10 typical travel issues to watch out for includes everything from illness to sunburn and the best ways to avoid them.
You should research the necessary vaccinations before traveling abroad. For the majority of Europe and North America, you’ll be alright, but you should first consult your doctor before traveling to Asia, Africa, and South and Central America. Some travel vaccinations, such as those for hepatitis A and typhoid, are available on the NHS for no cost. In either case, it makes sense to spend some time doing some research beforehand rather than risk getting Japanese Encephalitis while you’re out and about.
Anyone who has flown for eight hours to advance their time by three hours will attest to the fact that jet lag is extremely real (for reference, an eight-hour journey from London to New York City). It’s effectively time travel, and although it seems magical, it interferes with your eating and sleeping schedules. Anytime you cross more than two time zones in a single trip, you’ll suffer from jet lag, which frequently causes symptoms like fatigue, hunger, and even irritability.
It might appear unexpectedly and take a while to go away, which makes motion sickness a cunning condition. It happens when messages from your inner ear to your brain conflict with what you are perceiving. Any form of transportation—including automobiles, boats, trains, planes, and coaches—could make you queasy (seasickness is particularly common). Some people may only experience it when using a specific mode of transportation, while for others, just the thought of traveling anywhere turns them green. There are a few techniques to reduce the symptoms and make traveling more enjoyable, even though you can’t totally avoid it.
-In order to reduce motion, your first piece of advice is to sit up front in a car, in the middle of a boat, or above the wings of an airplane.
You may be in the Scottish Highlands or a tropical rainforest and still get a bothersome insect bite (or ten). Even though they are uncomfortable and itchy, most bites are harmless and will go away on their own, but it is possible to develop an allergy or become ill. Despite the rarity of diseases like malaria from mosquitoes or Lyme disease from ticks, you should still take the proper precautions to reduce your risk.
Brits have a bad reputation for getting sunburned after we leave the UK for warmer climates. So avoid being the moron by the pool who is lobster-red. Instead, heed our (and your mother’s) advice and reapply sunscreen, staying out of the sun’s direct rays between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. While the majority of sunburns are mild and go away in a few days, severe sunburns can cause blistering and, in rare instances, heatstroke.
-Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 for UVB protection, and make sure your brand has at least a four-star UVA rating. Make sure your sunscreen is still effective by checking the expiration date.
Even the most ardent sun worshipers among us occasionally experience heat exhaustion. The initial signs of heat exhaustion include feeling hot and thirsty, but more severe cases also include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and a high body temperature. Children can also become floppy and sleepy. It may be an indication of heatstroke, which is far more serious and necessitates medical assistance if you are unable to cool down within 30 minutes.
While mountain climbing while on vacation is not for everyone, it is important to understand altitude sickness for those who do. You won’t be surprised to learn that altitude sickness is not even conceivable in the UK because you need to be 3,000 meters above sea level in order to experience it (our tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, is a baby at 1,345m). Although not everyone gets altitude sickness, those who do will experience headaches, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue owing to the thinner air. There are certain precautionary measures you can take because this form of sickness develops when you fly too high, too rapidly.
Most of us will have a holiday memory that includes food poisoning, even though it’s unpleasant and unlikely to appear in the photo album any time soon. Bacteria can cause food sickness if you consume them (usually campylobacter, salmonella, or E. coli). They may get into your food for a variety of reasons, including inadequate cooking or reheating improper storage, or prolonged exposure to heat. You definitely don’t need us to tell you the specific signs of food poisoning, but let’s just say that you’ll be in danger on both ends. There are ways to prevent food poisoning, but if you get it, you’ll just have to wait it out.
Traveler’s diarrhea can be caused by parasites like giardia and viruses like norovirus, but it can also be caused by the same bacteria that cause food poisoning (looking at you, E. coli and salmonella). Diarrhea, specifically having three or more loose bowel movements in a 24-hour period, is one of the symptoms. Although over-the-counter medication can assist with the symptoms, it often lasts for three to five days before going away on its own.
A white sand beach and a deep blue sea may appear to be a paradise. However, there may be underwater life present. While there are many purported cures for jellyfish stings, it is preferable to leave the vinegar in the bottle and soak the sting in seawater. Jellyfish stings can be extremely painful and unpleasant. To lessen the likelihood of being stung, some locations will have stinger suits available, but it’s also important to use common sense: read the beach warning signs, keep an eye out for jellyfish, and wear water shoes so you don’t step on anything as you’re walking into the beach.
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