"Your Guide to Travel Health: How to Prepare Yourself"
"Travel Health: Backpacking Tips 2" was last updated on April 15, 2013
Travel health is important. Staying healthy on the road is different from staying healthy at home.
This article guides you through various tips on how to prepare yourself health-wise and how to maintain your health on the road.
Have in mind that these tips will not guarantee your health safety in Asia. Nothing can be sure when it comes to health issues in general.
If you get sick in Asia, it will cost you time, money and fun.
It's obvious that no traveler wants this.
Some things are hard to dodge, like the majority of the travelers I talked to had caught diarrhea at least once. It doesn't matter if you're good with hygiene or not, it's about the body making the transition to foreign bacteria.
Now, let's start!
Pearl from the forum: Bed Bugs in Thailand and Cambodia
Example: Let's say you're going to travel for 3 months. If you get injured (broken leg and stuff like that) on your 2nd month, and your doctor says it will take at least a month to heal, what do you do?
Option A: Return home
Option B: Not return home, but relax and avoid hard activities
In my opinion, it's not cool to jump around on one leg on your last month. I'm not saying that it's impossible, but a serious injury cuts you off from further activities. This also means that you can't join any adventure activities, like trekking, climbing, snorkeling, diving etc. See my point?
I think it's better that you cover your loss through your insurance company.
But hey, you can disagree with me if you want. I'm just saying how I experienced it.
I got involved in a moped accident in Pai (Thailand) and had to stitch up my foot!
I wasn't allowed to shower or swim because the wound had to be dry all the time. And I had to walk with a limp for around 3-4 weeks.
During this time - no trekking, no swimming, no elephant riding etc.
It s***** big time!
Fortunately, this accident happened in the beginning of my backpacking trip, so I still had 2,5 months of fun. So, in other words, I stayed :-)
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