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Traveling With Allergies

Traveling With Allergies

Allergies are so annoying. Some allergies are simply impossible to avoid. For example, the one that is provoked from pollen. When springtime arrives, you can’t do much about the pollen in the air. Yes, there are sprays and pills, but you can’t control nature and ask from it to stop their processes just so you can enjoy your vacation, right?

Traveling With Allergies

Other types of allergies are more manageable. One of the most common allergies is the one provoked by dust. Actually, some very serious implications might occur if it is not treated and if the person suffering from it is constantly exposed to dust. Here’s a short list of some of the most common allergies and how to handle them:

Pollen allergies

Pollen allergies

Pollen allergies happen in spring when flowers and trees blossom. Through the air, the allergen is transported absolutely everywhere and there’s no chance of not breading it in when you’re outside in nature.

The solution for this is constantly changing clothes after you come home. Washing your hair with shampoos that are suitable for your hair and skin. Also, even though fresh air is beautiful and necessary, make sure you don’t keep your windows open for too long. If you do, the pollen will get in your room in higher quantity and you’ll notice allergy symptoms just like when you go out.

When it comes to traveling, try to book a hotel that’s not close to parks and fields. Also, ask the managers if they have air conditioners with special filters that prevent pollen get in your room.

Pro tip: Nasal sprays usually fix the pollen problem for a while. Always have some with you and don’t let pollen ruin a nice walk around the city or even the park. If you can’t stand the pollen allergy and it’s too strong, excuse yourself and go back to your room until you feel better, but don’t miss on life’s beautiful moments just because of your pollen allergy.

Dust allergies

Dust allergiesDust allergies are actually happening because of tiny insects living in the dust called dust mites. Believe it or not, they are related to spiders, but they are so small that you can’t see them with a naked eye. Dust mites feed on the dead skin that’s in the dust. Since we all have contact with dust every day, we also have contact with these tiny little creatures.

The solution for this is more hygiene. Take off the dust from places that you have contact with, but also wipe everything you can because dust is so lightweight that it travels through the air without you seeing it. Most of it can be seen on shelves, and other surfaces, but it also getters on your carpets, the upholstery, the table and on the ground. The solution – carpet cleaning machines. You must have these dust-fighters. They eliminate the dust and the insects in it which means your allergy will be tamed.

Same goes for your travels. Hotels are usually well maintained but not every hotel takes care of it like a person suffering from dust allergy would like to. Since the machines are pretty big and you can’t take them with you, make sure the hotel you’re staying at has this equipment. Ask the managers if they have carpet cleaning machines and highlight the importance of having a room that’s dust-free. Dust machines can be also rented so hotel owners won’t have a problem in providing one for you.

Pro tip: Always have antihistamines in your pocket. If you’re suffering from dust allergy then you know how helpful this medicament can be. Sometimes you simply can’t control everything. To be honest to ourselves, not always everything should be controlled. Life is more than obsessive care for events.

Food allergies

This one is probably the most serious among the allergies. The food allergy depending on the type can be seriously dangerous and sometimes even life-threatening. At home, people always know what they can eat and what to avoid, but when traveling, it’s simply impossible to inform everyone what must be avoided in your food.

The solution is to be extra cautious with everything you consume. Before checking in, make a list of the foods that allergens for you and check twice before you start eating. Large hotels have a lot of employees and dozens of waiters that might not get the message about your allergy. That’s why you’re the one that must take care of all details each meal you have out of your house.

Pro tip: Always have a candy bar or something that will keep you full until the next meal in case you can’t find any food free of allergens.

Tropical Destinations Can be a Tricky Vacation Place

Tropical Destinations Can be a Tricky Vacation Place

Tropical VacationTropical zones around the world offer some of the most beautiful places with amazing hotels for vacationing. Beautiful seas, tremendous nature sights, hot weather and sun throughout all year round. However, tropical destinations can also be a tricky vacation place. Why you might ask? Here’s why:

The tropical line across the globe is a place with constant hot weather no matter the tie of the year. Even in winters, the temperatures are around the 77th degree Fahrenheit. In summers, the temperatures go up and reach extremes in some places. As the temperature goes up, the humidity also goes up and make the conditions unbearable. Of course, not all tropical destinations are rainforests and places without basic living conditions. For example, Sri Lanka which is very close to the Equator has an average yearly temperature of around 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

So, what are the most important things you should know before you visit some of the tropical paradise destinations and what measures you should undertake to be completely safe and feel great?

Rainy weather

If you decide to visit Cambodia for example, you should know that some parts of the year are known as wet months. This is a time when rain falls for days, and sometimes even weeks. Tourists usually visit Cambodia and its historical monuments in the dry months when the temperature is bearable and the rains are not so common. However, it’s not strange for the rain to suddenly start falling even if there was nothing showing that this might happen. That’s why it is smart to pack lots of clothes and be sure you don’t forget the raincoat right next to your bathing suit. Also, ask for your hotel if they can provide a good quality small dehumidifier for your bedroom so you can relax in peace.

Dry weather

The tropics also has places with a lot of dry weather. For example – the Kalahari Desert. One of the most attractive places for tourism in Namibia is the Kalahari desert which is one of the places on earth with the least rains throughout the year. There are many hotels and desert tours for visitors who like to learn more about this popular place. However, the hot sun and the dry weather sometimes are unbearable and it is wise to always have cold water with you. Also, make sure the owner of the hotel where you’re staying has humidifiers that will regulate the humidity in your room.

What kinds of humidity problems / solutions are there?

Humidity is very important for people’s health. Dry weather makes serious problems to the skin and the respiratory system. This is a serious problem for all people and especially children who might suffer very dangerous illnesses if the air is not humidified well. That’s why a simple humidifier is the only and the best solution. A small apparatus on your room desk will regulate the air humidity while you sleep and this is just enough to feel better for the rest of the day outside.

Insects and dangerous animals

Dangerous-Bugs

The tropical region offers the best living conditions for all wildlife. Starting from the flora, then the insects, and ending with some of the biggest land animals in the world – the elephant. Elephants are beautiful creatures, but lions, tigers, snakes, and crocodiles – as amazing as they look are not so friendly. You need to be constantly aware of the dangers in nature and be cautious at all times. Never go hiking and jogging alone in rough nature and be sure that it’s highly dangerous facing wild animals. 99% of the deadliest wild animals live in the tropical region, so have this in mind when going out.

Another very serious problem that might look like something that can be easily avoided is insects. Mosquitoes, flies, and similar small creatures carry deadly diseases that might kill you if you don’t do precautions. Insects living in tropical areas are the number one reason for health problems tourist face while on their vacations. The solutions for this are vaccines taken before the trip that will help you be immune to the most common diseases you might face, sprays against insects, and also taking constant care of where you go, and how you dress.

Heat

The heat is also one of the top reasons for health problems of tourists. The closer you get to the Equator, the hotter it is. The solution for this is really simple – always stay hydrated and avoid drinking alcohol. The hot weather will make sweat a lot, but except dehydration, the heat won’t cause other serious problems.