Category Archives Health & Safety

london underground

There’s something incredibly satisfying about getting around by public transit in a foreign place. Taking the bus or subway may not sound so exciting. No one is thrilled about a long commute. But, when I’m travelling, figuring out a new public transit system is one of the most enjoyable things about arriving in a new city.  While some tourists may…

flying with an ear infection

Flying can be uncomfortable on the ears under the best circumstances. As the plane changes altitude and air pressure fluctuates, your ears may feel blocked or pop. Normally, this is just a regular part of flying. However, if you or a child you’re traveling with has an ear infection, it could lead to a ruptured eardrum. If you have an…

Switch up your go-to grains with fonio, a grain grown in West Africa that has nourished people there for thousands of years. Grown in countries like Senegal, Nigeria and Mali, this planet- and people-loving grain thrives in poor soil and requires very little water. It cooks up in five minutes, has a neutral taste, a texture similar to couscous and…

When planning a trip abroad, is the quality of drinking water in your destination a consideration that crosses your mind?  Maybe you’re new to international travel and the safety of drinking water abroad is an unfamiliar concern that you’ve heard is something you should be aware of. Or perhaps you’ve circled the globe so many times you know what’s what…

hands squeezing sunscreen out of a bottle

Summertime is for being outdoors, whether you’re BBQ-ing in your backyard, hiking in the mountains or heading to the Caribbean for a tropical vacation. It's no surprise that sun safety is one of the most important health precautions to consider in the summer months.  While sunshine and warm weather overarchingly enhance time spent outdoors, the sun can also be dangerous.…

three people wearing masks

Having private health insurance has always been one of the top things expats needed to live safely in a foreign country. However, having health insurance in times of a pandemic is even more crucial than before. Expatriates living abroad might have problems accessing public healthcare in their country of residence or might not be eligible for it at all. Those…

man at a fish market

One thing many people look forward to when traveling to tropical and beach destinations is the fresh food they’ll be able to indulge in. Even better, most of these fresh fruits, vegetables and fish are healthy, so there’s no post-meal guilt. While fish tends to be a healthy source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, it may pose a risk…

two people hiking with a dog

When summer comes around, many of us will head outside to enjoy the sunshine with swimming, boating, BBQing, hiking and more. But summer activities come with unique risks. Fortunately, planning for those risks can help mitigate them—especially if you're traveling abroad. Let’s take a look at the top summer travel injuries and discuss what you can do to prevent them. …

Some travelers prefer the control of driving themselves when they’re abroad rather than being constrained to public transportation schedules or paying for taxis. But if you’re interested in driving yourself while abroad, you won't necessarily be able to just hop in a driver’s seat and go. From driving age restrictions to differing road etiquette, here's what you need to know…

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