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When travelling abroad, most people usually focus on all the rest and relaxation their trip will bring, but many forget the physical effects that travelling can have on their body. Below, we’ve listed some of the most common issues, and ways in which you can counteract them to stay healthy abroad whilst travelling.
If you’re travelling by air or road, you need to ensure you avoid circulation problems such as Deep Vein Thrombosis. Sitting in the same positive for too long can slow your blood travelling round your body, which can then cause dangerous clots to form. The easiest method of prevent is to take regular breaks to get up and stretch your legs, plus you can also purchase compression socks to aid blood flow.
A change in routine can be enough to disrupt your intake of water, and if you’re doing a lot of travelling or sitting in the sun during your trip, this can quickly lead to dehydration. The resulting complications can range from mild headaches to more serious problems like low blood pressure and rapid breathing or heart rate. Make sure you stick to your routine, and drink more water if you are in a hotter climate.
Flying at altitude, the stress of travelling and rich or spicy foods can all be enough to completely disrupt your digestion process, causing bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. Make sure you drink plenty of water during your trip, and take natural supplements depending on your ailment.
Unfortunately, places like airports, airplanes, cruises and trains will all be breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses – hence why so many people arrive on holiday only to find they have a cold. Before you become completely germ phobic and vow never to travel again, simply try to up your immune system a few weeks before travel with lots of vitamins – and don’t forget that anti-bacteria gel.
If you’re planning a trip abroad, just remember to invest in quality travel insurance to protect you against illness and injury during your trip. Visit Holidaysafe.co.uk for more travel tips and a free no obligation insurance quotation.
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