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June 2008

Saturday ’s Quotable Traveler

"Going up that river was like travelling back to the earliest beginnings of the world, when vegetation rioted on the earth and the big trees were kings.  An empty stream, a great silence, an impenetrable forest.... The broadening waters flowed through a mob of wooded island; you lost your way on that river as you would in a desert, and butted all day long against shoals, till you thought yourself bewitched and cut off for ever from everything you had known once - somewhere - far away - in another existence."

- Joseph Conrad 1857-1924 / Russian-Born English Writer

Five Tips To A Healthy Trip

4 of 5 - Safety & Security Week

Having a healthy vacation starts before your leave.  You may have purchased travel insurance and received the needed vaccinations.  But here are a few more tips.

  • Take a small first-aid kit.  You can make one yourself, or purchase a small one off the shelf.  Your kit will be dependent on quality of health care at your destination.  I have purchased several kits made by Adventure Medical Kits.  They offer kits based on the number of people, type of activities and you destination areas.  I add items specifically based on my own expected activities.
  • See your dentist before you leave.  This will help you avoid any unexpected emergencies.
  • When exercising, take it easy.  Don't over do it before or during your trip.  This includes lugging your luggage around while traveling to your destination. 
  • Bring copies of your prescriptions, extra glasses or contact lenses.
  • In countries that have questionable water stay away from cold salads, street vendor food, ice, tap water uncooked meats, fresh milk, unpeeled fruit, and seafood.  Use only boiled water or treated water and beverages in sealed bottles.

Search For Health & Safety Risks

3 of 5 - Safety & Security Week

How about some hiking in Portugal?  Planning on doing a scuba diving in Belize?  Want to find out what's the health and safety risks are for a specific destination?  Here are some web resources to check.

The World Health Organization has released, in electronic form, a great publication for travelers.  It covers how may meet sudden and significant changes in humidity, temperature, altitude and microbes which can result in health issues.  Poor quality health, hygiene, sanitation standards are often go hand in hand with poor medical services and limited clean water. 

For the full publication click here.  For just the country list click here.

The United States State Department also offers a wealth of information for those traveling overseas.  If your headed out of the country this is an excellent reference. Click here.

The UK offers an interesting site with information for not only traveling but living overseas. Click here.