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5 Silly Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Health While Traveling3 min read

Avoid Sabotaging Your Health on Vacation

It’s probably not news to you: As Americans, we work hard. Sometimes too hard, especially if you look at how we stack up against other industrialized nations when it comes to paid vacation time. If you’re lucky, you get 10 days a year, but some people don’t get any. And who wants to spend the little time we do have being sick or recovering from illness?

It happens even to the most seasoned traveler. You make the wrong decision during your trip and wind up paying the price with your health—either during your time away or shortly after you return home. Learn from my missteps and don’t make these five silly mistakes that can sabotage your health on vacation.

Mistake #1: Drinking the Water

Where It Happened: Shanghai, China

The Situation: I was on a business trip in Shanghai and my colleague and I were pretty strict about not drinking tap water since it can create intestinal issues. He forgot one thing: He used tap water when brushing his teeth.

Price Paid: A stomach bug that resulted in missing an important meeting.

Do This Instead: When in doubt, go bottled. Most hotels abroad will provide bottled water; just make sure they’re sealed. And avoid getting water from the tap or the shower in your mouth when bathing.

Mistake #2:  Touching Anything in the Seat-Back Pocket

Where It Happened: Over the Atlantic Ocean 

The Situation: I diligently followed along with the flight attendant by reading the safety card during her pre-flight overview. I then flipped through the magazine in the same seat-back pocket for a list of snacks.

Price Paid: A wicked head cold and sinus infection.

Do This Instead: Avoid touching things on the plane. The seat-back pocket is chock-full of germs. I now always wipe down my seat with a disinfectant wipe and also carry hand sanitizer.

Mistake #3: Skipping Your Zzzz’s

Where It Happened: Frankfurt, Germany

The Situation: My flight was delayed so we took off late, and then I went straight in to a day of fun at Oktoberfest without resting.

Price Paid: Severe jet lag that stuck around for a few days.

Do This Instead: Follow these tips on how to avoid jet lag.

Mistake #4: Not Peeling Your Fruit

Where It Happened: Zihuatanejo, Mexico (No, Andy and Red never showed up.)

The Situation: My family rented a little beach house and hired a cook to make dinner at night—because who wants to cook in the sweltering heat while on vacation? The fruit and vegetables were fresh and delicious, but some were unpeeled and possibly washed in tap water.

Price Paid: Montezuma’s Revenge—that’s right, diarrhea

Do This Instead: Peel any fruits and vegetables that you don’t wash yourself. When you do clean them, use an antibacterial vegetable wash that is available in many grocery stores abroad.

Mistake #5: Altering Your Caffeine Intake

Where It Happened: Seoul, South Korea

The Situation: My wife and I traveled to Seoul to adopt our son. In all the hustle and bustle of the trip, my usual two cups of coffee a day dropped to zero.

Price Paid: A splitting headache for a week.

Do This Instead: Vacation is not necessarily the time to make radical changes to your diet unless you’re specifically trying to clean out some bad habits. Keep your normal routine as much as possible.


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Posted by Lustige Bilder - March 18, 2018 at 03:17

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6 Healthy Ways to Explore the Big Island of Hawaii

night dive with manta rays

The Big Island of Hawaii is the healthy traveler’s mecca. This past summer, a few friends and I packed our bags and went looking for adventure in the South Pacific, and we definitely got our fill. From the hot, dry beaches of Kailua-Kona to the lush rainforests of Kilo, the Big Island really does have something for everyone. When you’re ready for a break from the fun and sun on the beach, here are my top recommendations for other activities you should try while you’re there.

Halemaumau Crater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Halemaumau Crater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Visit the Halema’uma’u Crater
The Halema’uma’u crater is located on the top of the Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii Volcano National Park. This crater floor is huge – nearly a half mile wide and 270 feet deep. According to Hawaiian mythology, it’s the home of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes. There is a hiking trail around the crater with some picture-worthy views. Occasionally, there are active lava flows close enough to reach by foot, so ask at the ranger station before heading out – and be careful!

night-dive-with-manta-raysDive at Night with Manta Rays
Diving with manta rays at night is something you’ll never forget. Unlike swimming with dolphins and all the ethical issues it entails, diving with the mantas is a kinder, gentler experience. Your boat captain drops spotlights into the ocean, which attract plankton – the manta rays’ primary food source. A few minutes later, you’ll be watching giant 12-foot manta rays perform backflips just a few feet below the kickboard you’re floating on. Don’t worry, they don’t bite!

rainbow-fallsHike the Rainforest
Head over to the Hilo side of the island for a hike through the Hawaiian rainforest. One of the most scenic routes is through Wailuka River State Park, which includes the iconic Rainbow Falls. As the name suggests, this 80-foot waterfall is famous for the rainbows that appear in the surrounding mist. The water isn’t safe for swimming near the falls, but look for the hidden rope swing over the river near the park’s entrance.

mauna-keaStargaze on Mauna Kea
Measured from the sea floor, Mauna Kea is taller than Mount Everest. It’s also the only place on earth where you can drive from sea level to 14,000 feet in about two hours, so be careful of altitude sickness. The observatory near the top of the mountain is the perfect location for crystal clear stargazing. Just be sure that you bundle up, since temperatures at night can approach freezing.

Eat Poké in Kailua-Konapoke-at-da-poke-shack
Poké is everywhere in Hawaii. Traditionally, it consists of chunks of tuna marinated in soy and sesame and served with a free-form salad. If you like sushi, you’ll love poké. My favorite spot is Da Poke Shack in Kailua-Kona. It’s a no-frills establishment with some of the freshest fish around. Grab your poké and enjoy it on the picnic tables in the parking lot outside.

kapoho-tide-poolsExplore the Kapoho Tide Pools
The Kapoho tide pools are nestled behind a protective reef on the Hilo side of the island. You’ll find a maze of shallow pools formed in volcanic rock, some teeming with fish and deep enough to snorkel in. Make sure you bring reef shoes since the rocks are jagged and sharp, and always be aware that once you jump in a pool you’ll also have to find a way to pull yourself out. There’s a portable toilet and small changing room near the tide pools so you can freshen up after your dive.



  • Halemaumau Crater, courtesy of Huffington Post
  • Night Dive with Manta Rays, courtesy of Liquid Hawaii
  • Mauna Kea, courtesy of Mauna Kea Observatory
  • Rainbow Falls, courtesy of
  • Poke at Da Poke Shack, courtesy of Da Poke Shack
  • Kapoho Tide Pools, courtesy of New York Times


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Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 11, 2016 at 21:41

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