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Top 3 Vacation Nightmares And How To Tackle Them
 
Vacation Nightmare #3: Falling Sick

Nothing can ruin a holiday faster than falling sick while travelling. Statistics show that as many as 20% to 50% of all international travellers fall ill with stomach flu (diarrhoea in other words) while travelling. Here's what you should do to keep yourself healthy when on vacation:
  • If you have a sensitive stomach, make sure you drink bottled mineral water while travelling. If you're staying in a budget hotel, it would be a good idea to even brush your teeth with bottled water.
  • Try and avoid street food, no matter how tempting it looks. Most types of street food can give you the 'loosies' (unless you have a cast iron stomach like mine!), but you should particularly stay away from uncooked street foods such as juices, salads, bhel, chaat, etc.
  • Check if any vaccinations have been prescribed before travelling to a particular country and make sure you take them before you go.
  • Always remember to wash your hands before you eat anything.
  • Carry some regular over-the-counter medicines such as Anacin, Crocin and Aspirin so that you can deal with niggling pains and headaches when on vacation.
  • Buy travel health insurance before you go so if you do happen to fall ill, at least you will have the resources you need to get treatment.

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Stay tuned for our Top 3 Air Travel Nightmares coming next week. If you too have faced any nightmares during your travels, do share them with our readers so that they can take the necessary precautions that will allow them to have the best holiday possible.
 
Ruchi Agarwal
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