What to Be Aware of to Avoid Getting Ill While Travelling

Getting Ill on Vacation_Air Doctor

If you have an international trip coming up, naturally you want to avoid getting ill. Here are a few things you should avoid.

When you put a lot of time and money into a vacation, the last thing you want is to get ill two days in and have to head home. Getting ill when you’re trying to relax and have a good time is, in a word, frustrating.

While you will never be able to rule out illness altogether, there are things you can do to minimise the risks.

How to Avoid Getting Ill on Vacation

  • Go Easy on the Tap Water

While tap water is fine to drink in many countries, the bacteria that is found in local tap water can vary quite wildly. It’s the bacteria that tends to make travellers ill, especially if they end up drinking a lot of it. Basically, too much foreign bacteria too soon can have negative effects, so drink it in moderation and stick to majority bottled water. Don’t forget about ice and the fact that produce is washed in tap water too – something to consider.

  • Double Check Those Hotel Glasses

In theory, you should be able to trust that a hotel will hand you the keys to a room that has been thoroughly cleaned but it’s still best to take some precautions. If a glass is not wrapped in a sealed plastic bag, rinse it thoroughly or ask for a new one. You never know when a glass has been rubbed down with a dirty rag before being placed back on a counter.

  • Stay Away from Deserted Restaurants

Food poisoning can take several days out of your vacation. To avoid this, stay away from restaurants and food carts that don’t seem very busy. The rule of thumb is that if the locals are eating there and it’s continuously busy, it’s probably safe for you to eat there too. Over and above this, busier establishments have a higher food turnover, which means you are almost guaranteed fresher ingredients.

Recommended Read: How to Eat Like a Local

  • Don’t Forgo a Doctor’s Visit If You Get Very Ill

Apps such as Air Doctor make it that much easier to get in touch with a medical professional when you really need one. If you are very ill, it’s best not to try and rely on your immune system alone. Even if you feel a slight cold coming on, rather get some medication to boost your system. Leaving things to run their course can also make you more vulnerable to other infections.

  • Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Sun exposure can cause problems that are a lot worse than sunburn. Not many people realise that excess exposure to the sun is said to cause stomach issues as well as sunstroke, which could send you to the hospital. It takes less than 15 minutes to apply sunscreen and ensure you have a hat and sunglasses for the day ahead – rather be safe.

  • Always Research Your Destination

When you’re not a local, you don’t always hear about potential health risks. To avoid getting ill, make a point of researching any health risks in your destination so that you can take precautions and know what to be aware of.

  • Stay Away from Plane Seatback Pockets

When you travel by plane, you’re already exposed to an array of germs. One area of planes that hardly ever gets cleaned very thoroughly between flights is seatback pockets. It’s fine to have a read through the emergency information but try to limit your exposure to this pocket as much as possible. In fact, this goes for most surfaces in a plane – keep your hand sanitizer close by.

By being more aware of your surroundings and what you’re exposing your body to, it is possible to stay healthy and happy on your vacation.

7 of the World’s Most Scenic Road Trips

While some hate being cooped up in a car, others love the open road and all the adventure it brings. From beautiful views and interesting stops to playlists. There are so many road trips that you could potentially take but we’ve put together a few of our favorites.

Road Trips – Doing It Right

If you want to enjoy a road trip to the fullest, you need to plan ahead. Here are a few tips that you can use to make this one of your best trips yet.

  • Have a high-level itinerary in place. Your road trip plan doesn’t have to be overly detailed but it’s best to know where you’re planning to go and what you would ideally like to see.
  • Take detours into account. You never know when you might come across a stop that you hadn’t planned for, so give yourself some extra time in case this happens.
  • Have your music ready before your trip. No road trip is complete without some good music but instead of trying to find the perfect playlist while you’re on the road, plan your music out in advance.
  • Know the rules of the road. If you will be planning a road trip in a foreign country, you’ll definitely want to familiarise yourself with the rules of the road.
  • Keep an eye on the weather. Make sure that you pack everything you need by keeping an eye on the weather. The last thing you want is to be overly hot or cold when you’re trying to enjoy yourself.
  • Sort out navigation. Getting lost can lead to a lot of unpleasantness and lost time, so make sure that your route is added to a GPS before your trip. You may even want to have a road map for good measure.
  • Make your bookings in advance. It might sound glamorous to find places to stay as you get to each destination along your route but the last thing you want is to be without a comfortable bed for the night. Book in advance, especially if you know that an event will be taking place in a specific city.

World-Class Routes Everyone Should Travel

1. Great Ocean Road – Australia

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This stretch of road is located in Victoria and runs between Melbourne and the south coast. The entire route is about 150 miles and offers everything from unique rock formations and beaches to a rainforest. If you have a few days to spare and want to take in some amazing views, this is definitely a route to add to your list.

Must-See Site: The Twelve Apostles

2. Seven Lakes Circuit – Argentina

Culture Trip

If you only have a day to spare for a road trip in Argentina, this is one route to add to your list. This winding route is brimming with peaks, peaceful lakes and green forests. The Seven Lakes Circuit actually forms part of Ruta 40, which starts in the south of the country – this portion is situated in the west.  

Must-See Site: All Seven Lakes

Recommended Read: Top Destinations for Outdoor Lovers

3. Wild Atlantic Way – Ireland

Flight Network

Spanning over 1500 miles, this is the longest coastal route in the world. From gorgeous beaches, unique culture and huge cliffs, there is a lot to see on this route that runs from the Inishowen Peninsula to the Celtic Sea Coast. You can spend anything from 2 – 4 weeks exploring the coastline if you really wanted to.

Must-See Site: Cliffs of Moher

4. North Coast 500 – Scotland


This particular part of Scotland’s coastline offers some of the best scenery. The route starts in Inverness and takes you around the entire north coast where you can enjoy white beaches, winding roads, Iron Age structures and magnificent mountain ranges. This route is just over 500 miles and you would need about 5 days to complete it.

Must-See Site: Duncansby Head

5. Alpine Route – Germany


This is one of the most breathtaking routes in Europe. The route starts in the town of Lindau near Lake Constance and runs 280 miles to Königssee in the east. It’s possible to do this route in a day or two but if you really want to take in all of the sites, you’ll want to plan for at least a week. Along with all the natural beauty, this route is also home to the world’s oldest monastery and brewery.

Must-See Site: Neuschwanstein Castle

6. Blue Ridge Parkway – Carolina

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This beautiful route links the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. If you want to explore fields, farms and small towns, this is one of the best routes to take. You can expect to see some very dramatic scenes as you make your way along this route, which is just under 470 miles.

Must-See Site: Natural Bridge — Milepost 61

7. The Ring Road – Iceland

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If you really want to do something different and immerse yourself in nature, you can travel over 800 miles along Iceland’s Ring Road. In 8 days you can see volcanoes, black sand beaches and massive waterfalls, but at least 2 weeks are recommended in order to see and do as much as possible.

Must-See Site: Hekla Volcano

These are just a few of the most memorable road trips that you can plan around the world – where will you go next?