As the summer begins to move closer to the fall season, many people begin traveling for a little fun and relaxation with the family. Some will stay in state and visit family or their favorite vacation spot, while others travel the world in search of a new adventure! No matter your destination, there are ways to make sure that you and your family stay happy, safe, and healthy.
Whether traveling within the United States or to another country, make sure to research your destination. Check to see if there are any shots you may need to receive before traveling in order to help prevent different illnesses such as Zika and Malaria. If you take medication daily, you should check to see that you have enough for the duration of your trip. Pharmacies are not always easily accessible, and you do not want to find yourself in a bind.
When going to another country, travel health insurance is a good investment. Let’s say you take a whitewater adventure, accidentally fall out of the raft, and have to get some stitches. Don’t allow spotting the medical bill for this service ruin your whole vacation. If you have OneDigital’s plan with Aetna, you have coverage of emergency related services if you are 100 miles or more away from your home for up to 120 days. If you’d like to learn more about what your plan covers, visit the Aetna page.
While vacations are a time for relaxation, research shows that those who stick to a ‘routine’ while traveling have a more pleasurable experience. If you are someone who likes to start your day exercising while at home, continue this routine on vacation! It does not have to be as rigorous as your normal workout, but engaging your body in a similar way will help you feel more energized and help you to take on the activities you have planned. Also, try to have a set sleep schedule. By rising and going to bed at generally the same time every day, you will help to fight off illness and fatigue.
An important step to having an enjoyable vacation is to stay hydrated. Many people get so wrapped up in the activities they forget to stop and drink water. When the body gets dehydrated, you risk fatigue, illness, and the inability to be aware of your surroundings.
Another great tool to keep your money and identification safe is an anti-slice bag or backpack. These bags are sold at many retailers, including Amazon , and offer an extra layer of security when you are traveling. Many of these bags are designed to prevent slashing of the straps as well as the body of the bag. In addition, many also have special zippers that can be easily locked by you in order to help prevent theft while in a crowded bus, train, or market.
A trip is the perfect way to enrich your total wellbeing. If your social and emotional health is feeling depleted, plan a trip without the distractions of the day to day grind so you are primed to connect more deeply with those you love. If traveling alone, you may discover more than just beautiful sights but an opportunity to self-reflect and find a greater sense of purpose in life. If you’re looking to contribute to a greater good during your personal time, you can fuel your soul through volunteer efforts. Consider a mission-based trip to help others and that can re-energize your own health and wellbeing.