Diarrhoea: The Traveller’s Biggest Nemesis
At Holidaysafe we love a trip abroad, but part of travelling is accepting that things may not go exactly to plan – immediately conjuring images of flight delays and bad weather. However, according to recent research by airport parking company Parkat, diarrhoea has topped the list of things holidaymakers most fear when travelling abroad.
Over 54% of the 4,000 respondents named the painful stomach condition as their biggest holiday worry, ahead of other common holiday disasters such as losing travel documents and being mugged. The full list included;
- Suffering from diarrhoea – 59%
- Bad accommodation – 39%
- Losing travel documents – 31%
- Bad weather – 27%
- Getting lost – 23%
- Body image worries – 22%
- Delays – 22%
- Missing family – 19%
- Being mugged – 11%
- Home sickness – 9%
Diarrhoea is a common ailment when travelling abroad, either because the bacteria in local food doesn’t agree with you, or because you consumer bad bacteria which gives you food poisoning. To try and avoid the bad bacteria, make sure you;
- Check that any white meat is cooked through before digging in
- Avoid food that doesn’t smell or taste fresh
- Avoid eating food from anywhere that doesn’t look hygienic (there are some great street food vendors but some very bad ones too)
- Say no to ice in your drinks (it could be from the tap which may not be drinkable)
- Wash your hands regularly
If you’re unlucky enough to suffer from diarrhoea during your trip, remember to drink plenty of fluids and stay out of the sun until you’re better (to avoid dehydration and sunstroke). If symptoms persist longer than five days or if you’re struggling to keep fluids down, make sure you visit a health professional (e.g. local doctor or pharmacist) – you may have to pay but your travel insurance should cover the costs.
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