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Travel Health – Being Prepared

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No matter your age, travel health can be a threat to the success of your trip. This can occur before or during your trip. There are many interventions you can use to mitigate that risk, especially during the trip itself. Joelle has had a long career in the medical field as a nurse. Within that role, she was passionate about education, believing strongly that when the patient understands what is occurring, that empowers them to have a more active role in what is happening to them. The patient then can become their own advocate, which is essential to get the care they deserve. This translates travel health well.

The goal is to educate our readers on the role they can take in their health during travel. It is about being prepared and understanding how and why it is the best choice for you. By understanding, you will be more likely willing to take on the actions and behaviors needed to assure you are in the best health for your adventure. Joelle has always believed no one is incapable of comprehending the why’s. We often don’t give people enough credit, and if we explain it correctly and in clear terms, any layperson can learn.

As this blog grows, Joelle will be adding many posts on this topic. Travel health-specific posts will display on this page.

Our list of posts in development is quite long. An example of the upcoming posts will include:

  • Failproof Way to Prevent Sea Sickness
  • Jetlag: Guidance on how to prevent that
  • Travel Insurance: An Absolute Must For All Travelers
  • Medical Insurance: Does our policy cover Abroad Travel
  • Getting Ill Abroad: How to Prepare
  • Wanderers Compass Travel Emergency Card
  • Handling Medical Emergencies During Travel
  • Injury Before Travel: Should I proceed?
  • Pharmacies Abroad: How to Make Use of them
  • What you do to prepare to stay healthy before your trip
  • Plane travel: How to make it the best experience possible
  • Should I seek to take extra supplements when traveling
  • Plane Dehydration: Tricks to Avoid
  • What to Prepare For If Hospitalized Overseas
  • Added risk in Cruise travel: How to reduce your risk
  • How registering with the STEP program plays a role in travel health emergencies
  • How to physically prepare yourself for that big trip

The topics can be endless, but we may not have thought of what you are interested in. We would love to hear from you what you would like to see us address on travel health. You may have hard-earned travel health issues you would like to share. It is when we share we learn. It may even save a life! You can let us know your ideas in the comment section below or contact us privately here.

We look forward to empowering you to take control of your health during your travel!

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Squaremouth.com

Our favorite travel insurance site!

If you are booking a trip, don’t forget to get travel insurance within 14 days of your first booking. We could not be stronger advocates of being well insured. Not for the little stuff but the big stuff like medical emergencies. We never leave home without it. Over the years, we have used many sites but have now found our go-to place. Squaremouth.com does a fantastic job; it has a user-friendly interface, they use top-rated and reputable insurance carriers, and most policies cover Covid medical issues and cancellations. They also mediate on your behalf if you have problems with your policy.

MedjetAssist

Medical transport back home from anywhere in the world

They are the premier global air medical transport. One caveat to travel insurance is that medical evacuation usually gets you to the closest facility to care for you. Medjet gets you back to the US to the hospital of your choice once you are stable enough to fly. They cover Covid-related transports as well.

Medjet carries its own policies. The policy is only for transport and no other aspects of travel insurance. They have individual trip policies starting at $99 and annual policies for $295. Most of their policies limit the age to 74 and younger. Prices are not based on age below that.

Expedia.com 

Hotels, home rentals, BNBs, flights, and other transportation & tours 

Expedia is a US-based company whose mission is to power global travel for everyone and everywhere. Whether planning a family vacation, booking for business, or organizing the trip of a lifetime, they are a fantastic resource. Wanderers Compass focuses on independent travel, and using sites like Expedia makes that possible. Every aspect of travel you would need, from airfare, accommodations, rental car, cruises, to activities to do at your destination, can be booked on Expedia.  

Booking.com

Hotels, Home rentals, BNBs, Flights, and other Transportation & Tours 

Booking.com connects millions of travelers to memorable experiences, various transportation options, and incredible places to stay – from homes to hotels and much more. It is one of the world’s largest travel marketplaces for established brands and entrepreneurs of all sizes.

We always start with Expedia to check prices, but it sometimes says it is sold out. We then try Booking.com, and we find it lists plenty of rooms. It could be they are a Europe-based company. Try both before booking accommodations.

Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO)

Traveling with a family or having an extended stay at your destination?

With over 2 million bookable vacation rentals, VRBO connects homeowners with families and vacationers looking for something more than a hotel for their trip. The VRBO community offers families or groups various rental property types such as condos, cabins, lake rentals, beach houses, etc.

VRBO is under the Expedia group ownership now, which many were worried about, but it hasn’t panned out to be a concern. It is a massive network that also has access to all forms of lodging should issues arise. Joelle has used VRBO for many years with her family, with no problems to date.

Tripadvisor

Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel guidance platform, helps hundreds of millions of people each month become better travelers, from planning to booking to taking a trip. Travelers around the world use the Tripadvisor site and app to discover where to stay, what to do, and where to eat based on guidance from those who have been there before.

With more than 1 billion reviews and opinions from nearly 8 million businesses, travelers turn to Tripadvisor to find deals on accommodations, book experiences, reserve tables at delicious restaurants and discover great places to see nearby. We use them for guidance and research on every trip, it is a valuable app for the independent traveler.

Rail Europe

Discover Europe by Train

Rail Europe sells train and bus tickets for travel across Europe. They cover 24 countries, 105 rail operations, and 20,000 stations. They are the official rail and bus operations agents in the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Rail Europe continues to add coverage all the time.

It is a fast, easy and economical way to purchase train and bus tickets for Europe. Eurail passes are also available to buy through their site.

Amazon.com

An excellent source for travel essentials and guides

Amazon is one of the most extensive shopping online sources in the world. On behalf of their customers, teams worldwide provide lower prices, better selection, and rapid delivery. They offer a vast inventory, and it is their 1.7 million small and medium businesses worldwide selling on Amazon.com that provide extensive options for customers.

We buy most of our travel books, accessories, and luggage from Amazon. We have ordered up to two days before travel and get what we need.

Travelpro Luggage

Thoughtfully Designed | Meticulously Constructed | Quality Guaranteed.

We have used this luggage for years, left briefly to try others, and returned to Travelpro. Travelpro luggage is carried by crews from over 90 airlines worldwide.

Travelpro takes the time to learn what travelers want and need, then builds it. The key factor for us is that it must be lightweight upfront and very resistant to rough handling. Their luggage is the best, and we could not recommend it enough. It is our go-to luggage.

iVisa

Travel documentation made more accessible

iVisa.com is dedicated to providing customers with a simple, fast, and reliable way to get travel documentation for their journey. Their online application process makes getting visas, health declarations, or passport photos a breeze, all from your home’s comfort. As a leading independent company in the travel documentation industry, they take pride in making global travel more accessible for everyone. In the end, it is a simple and affordable travel resource to get the necessary entry documents complete for your international travel.

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