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  1. Some general Health Tips.
  2. How do you overcome your fear of flying?
  3. What precautions should one take when trekking in the monsoon?
  4. How do you travel light?
  5. How does one find the best cruise vacation?
  6. Tips for women travelling alone.
  7. Tips for frequent fliers.
  8. Tips to overcome the problems of long flights.
  9. How can you overcome Jet lag?
  10. What should you carry when going on a cruise holiday?
  11. Snorkeling Tips.
  12. How does one prevent theft of one's money while on vacation?
  13. How do you pack for an overnight trip correctly?
  14. How does one pack light for a business trip?
  15. What do you keep in mind when traveling with senior citizens?
  16. What should one consider when traveling for medical reasons?
  17. How do you take care of your pet when flying?
  18. What do you keep in mind when traveling with a pet?
  19. How much should you tip at a restaurant?
  20. Medical Issues.

Health Tip: 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 on them.
  • Try, as much as possible, to travel with someone.
  • Befriend a co-passenger or even better, let the flight attendant know you have a problem with flying.

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 rexine.
  • 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 instead.
  • 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 activities?
  • Book early.
  • Ask friends for guidance. Get to know whether a particular cruise satisfied your friends’ needs.
  • Ask your travel agent as many questions as you want.
  • 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 travelling alone.

  • 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 fliers.

  • 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 while travelling.
  • Keep a pre-packed bag with a set of everything that you need for travel. It helps avoid last minute rush.
  • 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 recovery.
  • 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 thickening.
  • 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 to thrombosis.
  • 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?

  • Jet lag normally occurs when your body does not get time to adjust to a new place and its timetable.
  • 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 carry-on bag.
  • 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.

Snorkeling Tips.

  • 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 your knees.
  • And finally, do not walk or step on the corals to protect yourself and the corals from injury and damage.

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, for example.
  • If traveling with someone, divide money amongst you.
  • 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 dog.
  • Carry all medical records and any medications required.
  • Pack familiar toys from home that will comfort your pet.
  • 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.

Medical 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.

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