A Happy Healthy Savvy Traveller
I’m writing this blog on the plane to Gran Canaria, sorry not sorry. I decided to take a few days off work to enjoy some much deserved sun, even though I'm avidly saving money for New Zealand, I don’t believe it’s possible to work, work, work with no sun, wait sorry fun! This holiday is only costing me around £160 accommodation and flights and I’m going to be super strict with my money whilst out there, as both Kerry and myself are saving for bigger adventures. Kerry is off to Indonesia in October, and obviously I’m off to good old NZ in October too.
I saw this quote in the airport and it really had me thinking
“Like we’re the Beatles after all aren’t we?
We have all the money you could ever dream of.
We have all the fame you could ever wish for.
But it isn’t health.
It isn’t peace inside, is it?”
So what is it we strive for? What is it we look for? What do we work our arses off everyday for? What makes us tick?
Recently I have noticed a real decline in self respect, self righteousness and genuine self confidence. You know when I say you do you, I genuinely mean it, you do what you think is right for you. If you think taking a break from work might be the right thing to do, it most probably is. If your brain, body and senses have finally come to the realisation that an alternative path might be better for you, such as a break, I’m telling you they’re right. It takes us soooo long to come to realisation of something, that when we finally become aware and conscious of this repeating thought/message, it’s probably time to act on it.
Sometimes we can get so caught up in the modern day routine of work, eat, sleep, repeat, that we forget to live a little. When I titled this blog as a safe traveller I generally mean whole heartedly, look after yourself in all senses, both being happy and safe in themselves and in their surroundings.
Today I will be addressing how to look after yourself abroad, I can’t stress this enough, there’s nothing worse than being worn down, ill and exhausted whilst traveling. Mainly because you can end up exposing yourself to a number of negative and sometimes dangerous possibilities, these can be endless. I will be going into detail for a few of them but needless to say just look after yourself.
First Aid Kit
A fully stocked first aid kit is a definite to take.
Fill it up with rehydration salts, both the sachets and tablets, this will be invaluable to you. Antiseptic cream and wipes, along with tweezers, plaster tape and bandages will also be effective. Below I’ve created a tick list of items that you should/can include in your travel first aid kit, pick and choose as some are only applicable to certain destinations for example the malaria and altitude tablets.
When I was in Indonesia I went to a beach party and I accidentally walked over a smashed up glass bottle, the bouncers sat me down disinfected and bandaged up my foot and sent me on my way. However, the walk back to my hostel was a long trek along the beach and through a mini estuary which opened up into the sea, this combined with flip flops wasn’t a great combination. Therefore in my not so sober state I had to re attempt to sort myself out, whilst heavily under the influence of alcohol on the hostel bathroom floor. Let’s just say I was very happy that I had a well-stocked first aid kit, otherwise this could have ended quite badly.
The most common method of water purification is purification tablets, I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of the taste of these at all! Whilst I was traveling when I was younger, this taste was pretty much all I had for a year, so I’ve decided enough was enough and conducted lots of research into alternative purification methods and my favourite is the life straw bottles.
Life straw bottles, have a purification straw in them, these are much better for the environment as you’re not constantly buying plastic bottles and much nicer than using purification tablets all the time. The life straw itself is also replaceable, which is good for long term usage as well, say if you’re traveling for a long time or future travels.
One of the funniest things I’ve seen is my dad sat in 40 degrees heat, in our hotel room in the Himalayas trying to UV purify water for himself, mum and I. However the UV light only working in 200 ml's of water at a time, and we were all aiming to drink minimum of 4 litre’s of water a day because of the altitude and heat, therefore lots of water purifying. Very funny to watch until it was my turn to take one for the team.
These purification methods are only necessary in country’s where the tap water isn’t drinkable or going hiking because you can drink the natural water as well.
DON’T GET DRUNK
Unless you’re entirely sure you are completely safe and nothing can happen.
I cannot stress this enough, when you drink you let your hair down and become utterly oblivious to the world. Don’t do it, stay savvy, don’t get me wrong I like a drink, but it’s more important to stay safe and pick the necessary times.
SUN SUN SUN
I know I'm about to sound like your mum "make sure you put your sun cream on" said by every mum on the planet, but seriously guys the sun is so strong and sun burn just isn't fun or funny, it's just plain painful and uncomfortable. It can easily ruin your holiday in one fell swoop, once you've burnt yourself you have to stay out the sun, which just isn't ideal is it.
But also the medical consequences of sun burn, I'm not going to bother going any further into the discussion because I'm neither a health professional or a sun specialist but stay safe and pop that sun cream on.
Thanks for all the support, I’ve been really enjoying writing them and I hope you have all been enjoying reading them, if you have any feed back for me or any ideas please don’t hesitate to contact me. I post my blogs weekly and in accordance to my days off. I hope you’re all having a fabulous week and I will see you next week with some more Travel Savvy tips, but for now, if you enjoyed it please give it a like and a share to help try and spread the love and travel bug!