When you’re on your vacation, one of the last things you want is to be sick.
But sometimes it happens.
If you do get sick or injured during your travels it can be a challenge to figure out what exactly you should do. Being in a different culture, with different rules, can make us feel even more powerless in the face of our injuries, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
In our travels around the world, we’ve experienced everything from eye infections and the common cold to major knee issues and emergency room visits. Through our various experiences seeking medical assistance in other countries, we’ve come up with 8 tips and tricks if you get sick while traveling.
Have you had an experience seeking medical care in a different country? What tips do you have to share?
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In This Episode:
- Why we’re qualified to talk about this.
- Some medicines we always carry.
- Hospitals in other countries.
- Don’t be afraid of rest!
- Finding where to go when you’re feeling ill.
- Saving money on medications.
- Comparisons are usually futile.
- Try to stay calm.
and much more!
Links Discussed in This Episode:
- Resources Page
- EPoP 074: Our Biggest Travel Mishaps
- EPoP 114: TravPacking: Finding Your Travel Sweet Spot
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On the train from Paris to Luxembourg I got a sore throat. The next day I was dead in the water. I could barely talk, and it felt like I was hit by a truck. I slept for half the day and was a lot better after picking up some super overpriced cough drops at a local pharmacy.
Then right before we left Kuala Lumpur I got Malaysia’s Revenge and spent all of our time in Singapore in and out of bathrooms. But at least they weren’t squatter toilets like they were in KL! It’s my fault because I kept eating the local food even after I originally got sick, but who knows when we’d be in that part of the world again so I suffered through it and was happy I did.
@Ken- When in KL, you’ve GOT to power through it and keep eating. Interestingly enough, KL laid up Heather and the two friends we were with last time, but I was fine. I think the trick is to just keep eating more!
And I agree…a little bit of rest goes a LONG way sometimes.