by Work the World

Our partner travel advisory service, Interhealth, has published their top 10 tips for travellers, so we thought we'd post it here  for you as well. Any student that comes with us automatically gets access to their own Interhealth page full of advice about the destination they are travelling to.

  1. Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated makes a big difference to your energy when in a hot, tiring environment, and during a long flight. If it's very hot at your destination, one or two drinks of oral rehydrationsolution during the day can be very reviving even if you don’t have diarrhoea. In addition to replacing fluids it puts back electrolytes and sugar.
  2. Get plenty of sleep. Getting some sleep on a long flight and during busy trips can make such a difference. A high quality eye mask is a great investment. Ear plugs can be really helpful in a noisy environment, with banging hotel rooms, or if you or your travel companions happen to be snorers! Rubber ear plus lightly smeared with a bland cream can keep the sound out even more effectively.
  3. Exercise regularly. Yoga or Tai Chi can help to relax you, but doing aerobic exercise can really help reduce stress and keep up your fitness especially if you are away for more than a couple of weeks: Or try going for a run, a swim, or even try skipping!
  4. Adjust yourself to the time schedule of your current location. As quickly as possibly try to get on the right time frame of your new destination. Arriving late afternoon and evening with a night’s sleep before the first meeting is ideal especially if going west-east or east-west. If sleep is a real problem, a short acting sleeping pill such as zopiclone can help on a long flight or for a night or two after you arrive. Some people find melatonin helpful for 2 or 3 nights after arriving.
  5. Always carry healthy food. When tired and hungry it is hard to resist the temptation of junk food. As you never know when delays might occur, stock up on dried fruit, nuts and other healthy snacks to prevent reaching for the hamburger. Buy a copy of Ted Lankesters Belitz Travel Health Pocket Guide for further advice (just £4.50).
  6. Know the common diseases of your destination. Before you set off, book a free InterHealth travel health consultation with a travel nurse to ensure you have the appropriate malaria tablets, travel vaccinations and an awareness of the other tropical diseases present in your destination. It's worth remembering that only about one episode in ten of illness internationally is prevented by a vaccination. The real secret is knowing how to prevent illness. Knowledge is power especially when it genuinely changes behaviour! Visit the medicines section on InterHealth's Travelshop.
  7. Be prepared for the weather. Be aware of the season and climate that you will be travelling to. Extreme changes in weather can affect your health so make sure you plan for appropriate dressing. Many hot parts of the world can be surprisingly cool at night and when you are tired, run down or fighting a cold, it's easy to pick up chest infections.
  8. Take important medication with you from home. There is increasing evidence of fake or poor quality products being sold in many developing countries, including antibiotics and treatment for malaria. Have some spares in case you get delayed.
  9. Refrain from drinking too much alcohol This applies to life in general but it is particularly important to not be dehydrated while travelling so avoid the hangover and choose the fruit smoothie rather than another gin and tonic.
  10. Find some time to engage in something enjoyable - Even though you are working and on a tight schedule try to relax and do something you will enjoy such as a massage, some sightseeing, go swimming or visit a local cultural event. Have your favourite travel guide with you and go explore!

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