Your Survival Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel Traveling is one of the most fulfilling activities one can do. You get the opportunity to meet new people from faraway places, gaining insight into how different people lead their lives. Furthermore, you see new things, you get introduced to a new culture, and you gain a new perspective on life. Simply put, traveling will enrich your life greatly. However, if you want to get the best experience possible, you need to be careful. Staying healthy and safe during your travels is vital. The last thing you want is to cut a trip short because you have fallen ill. You also don’t want to spend a week in bed recovering from your trip once you get back. And of course, you want to stay safe in an unfamiliar environment. Below you can find some tip on how to stay safe and sound while trekking around the globe. Do your homework Above all, do your homework. After deciding on where you want to go, you want to research the area thoroughly. For people who opt form something a bit more exotic and wild, try to make sure that where you are going is actually safe. IS there any conflict there right now? What is the state of the country, are you certain the situation is stable? Have there been any epidemics or issues of that nature? Next, on a somewhat lighter note, research food and water. Can you actually drink tap water, or will that make a foreigner sick? You also need to figure out whether certain ingredients you are allergic too are present in their cuisine or not. People may, for example, forget to mention that all their dishes have peanuts in them because they are actually a key ingredient. They won’t even think of stating this, for the simple fact that peanuts are a part of life there. Is there any vegetation that you may be allergic too, that grows freely in that area? Begin constantly congested and itchy during the entirety of your trip will not be fun. No excuses A big part of staying healthy on a trip is to continue exercising. Don’t neglect your routine just because you’re away. Sure, you may not be able to hit your favourite gym now, but you can at least do something. And remember, walking all day is good, but it’s not really ideal. So, here is what you can do. Hit the hotel gym if you have access. If that’s not an option, go to a gym that’s less than a 15-minute walking distance from where you’re staying (we concede that anything farther away is too much). If even that is not an option, try to be as active as much as possible. Longer walks, swimming, some bodyweight exercises in your hotel room , all of these can keep you in shape. Prepare properly You know the drill – bring extra food and water for long trips, have some extra cash on you at all times, take care of your important documents…. Bring extra medication, know what natural remedies can help with a cold , and carry extra clothing. Don’t bring physical maps with you, just download them onto your phone. Figure out, make notes if you need to, whether certain areas are safe after for tourists. Some may be ok only during the day, some may be dangerous to tourist all the time. Speaking with the locals, taxi drivers and bartenders, can give you valuable insight into the area, and can even help you make a friend. Furthermore, always plan for emergencies. For example, keeping the phone numbers of professional accident claims lawyers can help you out if you get into a car accident. Even if the accidents itself isn’t severe, the situation will be dealt with much faster if you have an attorney on call. This is especially important if you were driving a rental, since this complicates matters much more. Watch what you eat Remember, just because you’re traveling, doesn’t mean you can just eat whatever. Sure, try all the local dishes and the cuisine, but don’t binge. If the local delicacy involves fish and fresh veggies, by all means, go crazy. But if the desert they’re offering is loaded with oil and sugar, taste it, but don’t go overboard. Try to avoid fast food chains, like McDonalds and KFC. Buy granola bars, fresh fruit, even make a quick meal if you have access to a kitchen. Conclusion Staying safe and healthy during your travels doesn’t have to be a chore, nor does it have to limit the fun you have. In fact, it can enhance it. Taking care of what you eat, doing some extra research, staying fit, all these can only make your travels go more smoothly. You will have more energy, and a lighter disposition, if you take care of yourself while you travel. About the Author: Alexander Hunkin is an Australian based start-up advisor with in-depth experience in growing business. His meaningful and strategic advices have helped in setting and growing many start-up companies in Brisbane and Perth. Alexander is also a content creator for different niches. The top ones are business, career, finance and marketing. He aspires to share his experiences and is always on the lookout for the next opportunity to enhance his skills. When he isn’t busy working, you can find him cooking exotic meals, scuba diving and cycling. Twitter