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- Some general Health Tips.
- How do you overcome your fear of flying?
- What precautions should one take when trekking in the monsoon?
- How do you travel light?
- How does one find the best cruise vacation?
- Tips for women travelling alone.
- Tips for frequent fliers.
- Tips to overcome the problems of long flights.
- How can you overcome Jet lag?
- What should you carry when going on a cruise holiday?
- Snorkeling Tips.
- How does one prevent theft of one's money while on vacation?
- How do you pack for an overnight trip correctly?
- How does one pack light for a business trip?
- What do you keep in mind when traveling with senior citizens?
- What should one consider when traveling for medical reasons?
- How do you take care of your pet when flying?
- What do you keep in mind when traveling with a pet?
- How much should you tip at a restaurant?
- Medical Issues.
Travelers should avoid salads, uncooked vegetables,
and unpasteurised milk and dairy products such
as cheese. This is because raw food is subject
to contamination, particularly in areas where
hygiene and sanitation are inadequate.
Avoid drinking tap water. It's much safer to filter
and boil tap water for drinking. Alternatively,
doctors recommend uncontaminated packaged water.
Before buying, look for certification and content
specifics in mineral water. Mineral water comes
from protected underground sources and flows over
rocks and picks up minerals before being collected.
Bottled water is usually demineralised well water,
which is processed for softening and subjected
to reverse osmosis to make it bacteria-free. A
high level of sodium can increase the risk of
cardiovascular problems, while more flouride can
cause fluorosis. Lead, arsenic and copper contamination
can lead to toxicity of liver, brain and intestine.
How do you overcome
your fear of flying?
- Seek help. You cannot conquer your fear of
flying without help.
- When on the plane, read a book.
- Learn special breathing and relaxation methods
that will help you calm down.
- Symptoms that are often associated with fear
of flying include anxiety attacks, heart palpitations,
dizziness, a feeling of suffocation, sweating,
nausea and shaking. These are symptoms of anxiety
and are not medically dangerous.
- Avoid alcohol to relax yourself. It impairs
sleep and causes dehydration.
- Try to catch sleep for most part of the flight.
- Avoid taking sleeping pills as it is dangerous
to health. You could end up being dependent
- Try, as much as possible, to travel with
- Befriend a co-passenger or even better, let
the flight attendant know you have a problem
What precautions should
one take when trekking in the monsoon?
- Always keep an extra batch of dry clothes.
- Ensure that the sleeping bag you carry is
made of a material that is waterproof, like
- Ensure your first aid kit contains medicines
for fever and cold.
- Make sure the torchlights you carry are waterproof.
- Pack all electrical gadgets like shavers,
radio etc in watertight containers.
- Do not carry matchboxes, as they will not
light in damp and moist areas. Take a lighter
- Seal your maps in plastic.
- While windcheaters are a must, you may want
to also carry woolens, just in case.
How do you travel light?
- Take clothes that you will require for the number of days you will be traveling. You can purchase more clothes at your destination.
- If you are going to a cold destination, pack in no more than three woolens. What is important is to carry garments that will be worn under the woolens.
- Don’t buy a big suitcase, as you will be tempted to fill it up with unnecessary things. A bag that you can handle easily makes for clever traveling.
- Keep a checklist of things to pack in your bag.
- Even for a short domestic trip, people tend to carry large suitcases. He trick is to carry either a backpack or a trolley-sized bag.
- Carry one pair of shoes if you know you will not be requiring formal wear.
- If you need to carry a handbag, keep only essentials in it.
How does one
find the best cruise vacation?
- Do research. Visit the cruise line’s
website or consult the brochures. Looking at
pictures will help you see what activities they
have planned. Will you be happy doing those
- Book early.
- Ask friends for guidance. Get to know whether
a particular cruise satisfied your friends’
- Ask your travel agent as many questions as
- Verify the cruise’s quality of its
cuisine and menu.
- Is their customer service up to the mark?
- What about safety and cleanliness?
- You may want to check the length of the cruise
and if it tallies with your vacation time.
- There should be clarity about the ports you
will be visiting and the shore excursions planned.
- Most importantly, check budgets. Are there
any special rates or discounts or seasonal packages?
Tips for women
- Plan and learn as much about the place you
are visiting, especially if it's a foreign country.
- Check on religious and cultural beliefs.
- Aviod form-fitting or revealing clothing to
prevent unwanted attention.
- Ensure the hotel you stay in has a good reputation.
Befriend the staff.
- Ask for a room on a higher floor near the
elevator but away from emergency exists, stairwells,
and any renovation work.
- Keep the hotel's cards, accessible from the
reception desk. Keep it on you at all times.
- Make two copies of important travel documents
and leave one with friends or family at home.
- Pack a light.
Tips for frequent
- PLAN WELL - Have a travel agent/assistant
who knows your preferences and can help alter
travel plans on short notice.
- Keep three copies of your itinerary - for
home, office and your bag with all meetings
and flight details.
- Always stack away reading material you want
to read but do not have the time for reading
- Keep a pre-packed bag with a set of everything
that you need for travel. It helps avoid last
- For overseas travel, carry copies of all travel
documents in both carry-on and check-in bags.
- TRAVEL SMART - Prefer shorter trips, even
though at times it means coming home to go back
again - a day with the family or at home helps
- Try to avoid early morning and late night
flights which play havoc with sleep.
- Tele check-in the previous night, if same
day travel, collect return boarding pass which
is available for few big cities.
- For international flights, avoid meal breaks,
just sleep through (take a sleeping aid if you
need) tp land feeling fresh.
- ON-THE MOVE TIPS - Switch to the time zone
you are in the moment you land to cope better
with the jet lag.
- Regular work-outs, Yoga is highly recommended
for destressing, better sleep and quicker acclimatisation.
- Avoid late nights and eating-drinking binges
on a business trip.
Tips to overcome the problems of long flights.
- Sitting immobile for long hours in a cramped space provides the perfect condition for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), commonly known as the 'Economy Class Syndrome'. The stationary sitting position is conducive to the formation of blood clots in the lower part of the body. The clot can break off and travel to the heart, lungs or brain, leading to a heart attack or stroke and subsequent death. But not all clots are fatal. Some people who develop clots get off relatively lightly, with swellings or varicose veins. Doctors and airline professionals advise passengers to take the following precautions on any form of travel where movement will be restricted for four hours or more.
- Avoid drinking alcohol during the flight. Alcohol, served on long-distance flights, promotes
dehydration; so do oral contraceptives; steroids
and hormonal drugs. Dehydration also helps in
clot formation as the blood in the vessels starts
- Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic
and non-caffeinated beverages. This may mean
an extra trip to the bathroom, but it will keep
you hydrated and also make movement mandatory.
- Avoid being motionless for more than an hour
at a time. Stretch frequently and walk around
the plane every two hours.
- Consider getting a pair of elastic compression
stockings, the same kind used by patients to
prevent clotting after surgery.
- High risk groups are - Senior citizens with
slow circulatory systems are the most vulnerable
- People who have previously experienced thrombosis
or have a family history of deep vein thrombosis
DVT) are also in the risk group.
- Ailments like high blood pressure, diabetes
and obesity increase the probability of thrombosis.
How can you overcome
- Jet lag normally occurs when your body does
not get time to adjust to a new place and its
- The best thing is to avoid sleeping before
your flight. Instead, sleep during your flight.
Make sure you drink enough water and liquids
to keep your body hydrated.
- If you can’t sleep on the flight and
still get jet lag, have a glass of nimbu paani
once you get to your destination. Have a bath
and then try and get sound sleep.
What should you carry
when going on a cruise holiday?
- Avoid over-packing. Every cruise gives a
‘recommended dress guide’ and you
can refer to this.
- From the dress guide, you will know if you
need to carry special outfits or fancy dresses
for any special ball or theme night / event.
- Cruises are not all about sun and surf. Nights
can be really cold so you should carry those
warm sweaters or leather jackets, even if vacationing
in the Caribbean or Mediterranean.
- Rubber shoes / slippers are the perfect footwear
for walking around the decks.
- One needn’t carry formals at all because
even for the evenings, people usually wear casuals.
However, if you can manage to put in just one
formal piece of clothing, it would come in handy
for the last night’s formal dinner party.
- Items of value like cash, jewelry, medicine
and your travel documents should be in your
- Note that luggage is more often than not,
not delivered to your cabin until after your
first dinner, so carry that extra change in
the carry-on bag.
- Choose a mask that fits snugly.
- Test this by putting it to your face without
using the strap and breathe in through the nose.
If it fits properly it will not fall off, even
when you lean forward.
- Choose a pair of fins that fit your feet comfortably
and a snorkel that fits easily in to your mouth.
- Get advise on the best snorkeling spots and
how to reach them.
- Find out the potential problems such as waves,
currents and difficult entries and exits.
- Wear a T-Shirt to protect yourself from the
sun and a waterproof sunscreen on exposed areas
of your skin such as the neck and the back of
- And finally, do not walk or step on the corals
to protect yourself and the corals from injury
How does one prevent
theft of one’s money while on vacation?
- Ensure that your money is under lock and
key at all times.
- If your money is stolen, visit a local branch
of your bank and alert them on the theft. Block
all your credit cards.
- If you are carrying items of great value,
like diamond necklaces for example, you could
keep them in your hotel’s safe.
- Keep money, traveler’s cheque etc. in
different places. Don’t store them all
in one place like your wallet or traveling pouch,
- If traveling with someone, divide money amongst
- If in transit, do not put money in a bag
you are liable to leave anywhere.
How do you pack for
an overnight trip correctly?
- Ensure that you pack light. That is the most
important point to keep in mind.
- Since it is an overnight trip, you do not
need to worry about carrying medicines unless
you are traveling to a place that is out of
the way or require special medicines.
- If going on an overnight vacation, carry one
pair of jeans. If you know there would be a
party to attend, you could carry a formal trouser.
- Give more importance to essentials like underwear,
toiletries etc. You would not want to waste
time going shopping for these.
How does one pack light
for a business trip?
- Space within Space – Pack certain items
within other items to save space. For example,
pack your socks inside your shoes or ties within
your casual polo shirts.
- Come as you are – Wear your power suit
on the plane and take it off once you get to
the hotel. Women travelers can do the same with
a power outfit that they absolutely must have.
What do you keep in
mind when traveling with senior citizens?
- The most important thing when traveling with
old people is to never let them feel dependent.
You must offer to help only when they ask for
it. Yet, ensure you are around at all times.
What should one consider
when traveling for medical reasons?
- Ensure you do not travel alone or the person
who would be traveling does not do so either.
Hire a nurse if necessary.
- Inform the medical center of your date of
arrival and have them receive you at the airport/station.
How do you take care
of your pet when flying?
- Take a care kit that includes bottled tap
water from your home, baby wipes, a small brush
for drool mats, and a cookie or treat.
- Place a shirt or some socks that have been
well worn by you in your pet’s carrier.
It’s a big comfort for them.
What do you keep in
mind when traveling with a pet?
- Ensure all vaccinations are up to date.
- Apply flea and tick preventative to your
- Carry all medical records and any medications
- Pack familiar toys from home that will comfort
- Pack a good leash and an extra collar.
- Label pet belongings with destination information
such as hotel name and phone number.
- Carry poop bags as littering in most countries could lead to heavy fines.
- Ensure that you pack old sheets or bed spreads to cover bedding and furniture at your destination.
- If you are traveling overseas, you will need a health certificate for your pet.
- Practice pet manners before leaving on your trip.
How much should you tip at a restaurant?
- To begin with, you must take into consideration the type of restaurant you are dining at and if you are a regular there. Then comes the quality of the service. Lastly, the number of people at the table also needs to be taken into consideration. The normal rate for tipping is 10 per cent. However, you will know whether you are satisfied with your meal, service and evening by the promptness of service, requests met and of course, the meal. You can leave a lower tip if you are not satisfied. Note that food and service are separate issues.
- Prior to any international travel, it is
prudent to consult with your own physician,
or your local public health agency; they can
advise you on the need for any pre-departure
shots, illness preventatives and medications
you may want to carry with you, or other medical
issues as may be appropriate.