Two days after Jeff and I got married, we boarded a plane to Cancun. While we were on the flight, my throat began to feel painfully dry – a feeling that progressively worsened as we got closer to our destination.
I began gulping down excessive amounts of water, hoping that it was only a case of mild dehydration or dry mouth. But when each swallow was accompanied by a more intense, sharp pain, my hopes faded. This was not anything temporary or even a common cold. It was strep throat — or something similar (I never found out for sure).
When we got to Mexico, I decided to wait out the pain, hoping it would disappear. It didn’t. A few days into our trip and desperate to feel better, I purchased a Z-Pak from a local drugstore. Though I am absolutely NOT condoning or advocating for the use of antibiotics (especially without a prescription), the Z-Pak did the job for me at the time. After 2 days on antibiotics, the pain in my throat disappeared and I was free to enjoy the rest of our honeymoon.
Although the stress of planning a wedding surely had something to do with me getting sick on our honeymoon, I started thinking back to other times that I came down with something while on vacation — and there were a lot. A bit more research on the subject revealed that it wasn’t just me who was plagued by this strange and annoying problem.
Think about it. Often times, vacations involve cramming ourselves into a plane with hundreds of other people (some of which are almost certainly sick) and breathing in recycled air for hours at a time. We also have the tendency to stress out about vacation and everything we need to get done leading up to it, and then let go too much once we’re there — giving ourselves permission to eat, drink, and do things that we normally wouldn’t.
So after the whole honeymoon ordeal, I decided that I would never waste another vacation being sick again…and I haven’t! Here’s how…
9 Ways to Stay Well on Vacation
Implementing these tips should keep you healthy and allow you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. But keep in mind that even if you’re doing everything right, the cold and flu still may not have any mercy on you. And if that’s the case, it’s even more crucial to incorporate the tips listed above and allow your body to recover as quickly as possible.
What are your tricks for staying well on vacation? Are you already implementing some of the points listed above or do you have your own list of tips? Let me know with a comment!