the wealth of healthy travel tips...
Many thanks to all
of you who have shared your healthy advice with us at
Journeywoman headquarters. Each issue we plan to post
a few of those tips for women �round the world to enjoy.
Here�s the first installment...
Avoid "funny -tummy"
I found the best way to protect yourself against bowel
troubles as you travel. Very easy! Coat your stomach by
popping a few chewable Pepto-bismol tablets daily. These
come in little packs and provide a nice protective tummy
lining against those nasty little bugs.
Monica Flores, San Diego, USA
Ed. note: But...
travellers must still take proper precautions with their
food and water and getting proper innoculations. Otherwise
your tummy will definitely become "very funny."
Online medical travel advice
The Travellers' Medical and Vaccination Centre (TMVC)
website at http://www.tmvc.com.au/
features regular travel health news and updates, including
international travel alerts and advice. Visitors to the
site can access a country by country listing of where
vaccines are compulsory or highly recommended and where
malaria is present.
Deborah Mills, Medical Director
TMVC, Brisbane, Australia
Tan without the sun
Looking forward to looking great on holiday? Want to improve
or keep your tan without extra sun? Beta carotene is a
coloring pigment that will enhance the dark tone of the
skin. Guess which vegetable has the most? Carrots! Eat
lots of them!
Melissa Putt, Healthy Habits,
The air isn�t always clear...
Expect serious air pollution problems in these 20 major
cities. Bangkok, Beijing, Bombay, Buenos Aires, Cairo,
Calcutta, Delhi, Jakarta, Karachi, London, Los Angeles,
Manila, Mexico City, Moscow, New York, Rio de Janeiro,
Sao Paolo, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo.
Source: A World Health Organization
and U.N. Report
Wear rubber thongs in shower
A warning! Electric showers are common in many Latin American
countries, especially in more economical hotels. Although
the prospect of stepping under a stream of water heated
directly by electric current may seem frightening at first,
it need not be. These devices are safe when properly grounded.
However, don't take chances!Wearing a pair of rubber thongs
will protect you against electric shock that might possibly
occur. (P.S. The best thing about these showers is that
they never run out of hot water!)
Daisy K., Quito, Ecuador
Ed.note: Sounds a
little scary to me but better to be safe than sorry. Pack
those rubber thongs, ladies! P.S. Daisy is the Editor
of the Latin American Travel Advisory and an expert on
that part of the world. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Allergy sufferers take note
If you have allergies to dust mites or mold, travel with
a light sleeping bag that has a tightly woven synthetic
outer AND inner lining (no flannel). When sleeping in
a strange bed, sleep on top of the open bag, ideally with
your own pillow. That should insulate you from dust mites
and mold in the mattress.
Cleo P., Montreal, Canada