Sitting behind a desk and working all day can be profitable, but it is terribly boring. Never miss the chance to take a plane and fly to new places you never visited before, even if it’s just a business trip. Who knows? Maybe you will have plenty of time to do everything and also find an opening to enjoy a short vacation while you’re there!
However, make sure always to plan your trip beforehand and take appropriate precautions to stay healthy while traveling. Here are a few useful tips.
Vaccines may save your life
To avoid exposing yourself to unnecessary risks such as malaria or yellow fever, check if there are any country-specific vaccinations needed. Some countries also require you to be vaccined against specific diseases before they grant you access, so carry all printed records that show that you have been immunized. Your immunizations must be presented on the so-called “yellow card,” an official International Certificate of Vaccination.
Enjoy your downtime
Staying connected during the journey is a great way to keep you busy during long waits or layovers. It’s also useful to do some quick jobs and prevent your work from accumulating while you’re away. Bring a phone charger that you can use in airports and Wi-Fi hotspots, and an extra battery if your phone suddenly dies and a.
A pair of headphones is also useful to help you relax with some music when you want to take a short nap here and there, and to signal everyone around you that you do not want to be bothered.
Prevent medical emergencies
Having to deal with a medical emergency when you’re far from home is a terrible experience on its own. But having to pay thousands of dollars (sometimes even tens of thousands) because you got injured in a country where healthcare treatment is not public is even worse.
Especially if you require a prolonged hospitalization, in many places, medical bills can quickly mount up to unreasonable levels. Good travel insurance is needed to stay healthy everywhere you are. It can cover all those expenses and save you from losing all your hard-earned savings because you sprained an ankle in the wrong country.
If an earthquake or hurricane damages your destination, you may end up having no hotel to stay during your holiday. And you cannot expect the hospitality structures to refund you either, because they just lost everything.
Many travel apps allow you to plan your trip while you’re still at home and then navigate offline, so you already know your surroundings when wireless connections are not available. By sharing these routes with your friend and family, you can still be safe if an emergency such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack occurs. They will know where you are and what you were going to do if you need any help or just get lost.
Don’t forget about your healthy habits
Even if you’re far from home, you should not forget about those so much important healthy habits. Even if that local street food vendor may look inviting, always eat only food that is safe, prepared in a proper manner, and adequately preserved. Fresh fruit and vegetables are always preferable, and do not forget about your vitamins too!
Even the shortest trip may be a life-changing experience no matter what. Even if you’re scared that you may fall sick while you’re far from home, you just need nothing but a few precautions to stay safe and healthy. Just plan your journey carefully, and it’s much more fun than just slouching on your couch!