No matter your age, travel health can be a threat to the success of your trip. This can occur before or during your trip. You can use many interventions to mitigate that risk, especially during the trip. Joelle has had a long career in the medical field as a nurse. Within that role, she was passionate about education, believing firmly that when patients understand what is occurring, that empowers them to have a more active role in what is happening to them. The patient can then become their advocate, which is essential to get the care they deserve. This translates to 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 your best choice. By understanding, you will be more likely willing to take on the actions and behaviors needed to ensure you are in the best travel 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 clearly, any layperson can learn.
Joelle will be adding many posts on Travel Health as the blog grows. Travel health-specific posts will display on this page.
Posts in development on travel health
- Failproof Way to Prevent Sea Sickness
- Jetlag: Guidance on how to prevent that
- 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
- Plane travel: How to make it the best experience possible
- Added risk in Cruise travel: How to reduce your risk
The topics can be endless, but we may not have thought of what you are interested in. We would love to hear what you want to see us address on travel health. You may have hard-earned travel health stories 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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Our Travel Health Posts
Global Medical Evacuation Coverage for Travelers: A frank discussion
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Travel Insurance: Protecting You and Yours
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Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for US Citizens Traveling Abroad
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a valuable free service provided to US…
Covid-19 Testing for U.S. Residents Returning from Abroad
After traveling abroad, United States residents now have a reliable, rapid, trustworthy, and most…
Packing for Cold and Windy Destinations
Stuffing a suitcase with cold-weather essentials can be challenging. Smart packing choices can prepare…
How to Stay Healthy During Travel
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Ryan’s Top Travel Tips
With some simple strategies and tricks of trade you can improve your travel experience.…
Travel Health – Being Prepared
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Medical Supply Shopping List for Travel
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Our Recommended Travel Resources
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 just 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.
To empower you as a consumer, we suggest you read our blog post on the importance of travel insurance and how to get the best coverage from top-rated companies for an affordable price.
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 U.S. 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 around $300. Most of their policies limit the age to 74 and younger. Prices are not based on age below that.
To learn more about how Medical Evacuation membership with Medjet Assist works, check out our blog post for a more detailed review.
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, and cruises, to activities to do at your destination, can be booked on Expedia.
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)
Are you 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 has access to all forms of lodging should issues arise. Joelle has used VRBO for many years with her family with no problems.
As the leading marketplace for travel experiences, Viator believes that making memories is what travel is all about. And with 300,000+ experiences to explore—everything from simple tours to extreme adventures (and all the niche, interesting stuff in between)—making memories that will last a lifetime has never been easier.
With industry-leading flexibility and last-minute availability, it’s never too late to make any day extraordinary. This one site has it all and has experiences throughout the world. We use them often during our travels, especially for food tours. We especially take the time to read the reviews provided.
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 worldwide 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 popular 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.
(Airport and sightseeing service)
A global leader in ground transportation for travelers. They help hundreds of companies around the world enhance their services and boost their revenue with our 5-star ride experiences and hassle-free automation
Founded in 2015 in Athens, Greece, Welcome Pick-ups goes above and beyond the standard transfer service as the first company to deliver a holistic, in-destination travel experience. From the moment a traveler arrives at a new destination until they return home, Welcome accommodates all their travel needs (transfers, travel products, things to do, information) as the easiest, friendliest, and most personalized solution.
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 European train and bus tickets. Eurail passes are also available to buy through their site.
An excellent source for travel essentials and guides
We now have our own Amazon Storefront with all our favorite travel accessories and gear in one place. Check out our travel store at the link below.
Amazon is one of the most comprehensive online shopping 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 their 1.7 million small and medium businesses worldwide selling on Amazon.com provide extensive options to 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.
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 resistant to rough handling. Their luggage is the best, and we could not recommend it enough. It is our go-to luggage.
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