Travel the World With Wellness in Mind

As you know, it’s the tail end of cold and flu season and the beginning of allergy season. If your cough and sniffles are grossing you out, think of how your fellow passengers may feel.

You don’t have to travel in a bubble to protect yourself or others from getting sick, however. Just a few simple steps can keep those unwanted germs away.

Obviously hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent infection, but carrying disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer can also come in handy for treating germy surfaces like tray tables or armrests on an airplane, and those annoying times when there’s no soap in the bathroom.

Getting rest is another key to staying healthy.

It’s easy to fall into a pattern of late-night exploring at a new destination or busy networking sessions at a far-away conference, but this can lead to travelers feeling run-down and, as your body starts to lack rest, illnesses have the opportunity to sneak in. If possible, build in some time for R&R for a better chance of staying well. If there’s no time for that, try some deep breathing, stretching and getting some fresh air to relieve tension and counter the stress.

One of the easiest ways to run down your body while on the road is to fill it with rich foods and sugar-filled drinks. Making smart meal choices can help travelers stay well and feel their best for long days of exploring.

Don’t always choose the meat option, make sure you are eating vegetables and don’t over-indulge in sugary treats or alcoholic drinks. If you’re bombarded by greasy spoons and junk food, stop in at a local grocery store and stock up on fresh fruits and veggies to snack on.  It’s easy to advise people to stay healthy, but it’s a lot harder to actually maintain a wellness routine when your destination may be changing daily and even eating on the run or grabbing a quick bite between airports is a challenge.

Because of that, it’s important to arm yourself with a good travel insurance plan that covers you in case an emergency arises—whether it’s a small virus of something more serious—and you need medical care or prescriptions while you are away. Dozens of plans are available that can protect the most frequent travelers or those just needing insurance for one short trip, and it’s an important step to take to make sure you return home healthy and happy.  Learn more about wellness at Travel is SWELL.

Courtesy of Janeen Christoff

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