Travel Health for Solos
When you are traveling on your own you have to take extra precautions when it comes to your health. While solo travel can be very liberating and exciting, it can also be potentially dangerous to your health and you really have to look out for yourself more.
So what happens when you get sick while overseas and on your own? There are a few steps you can take to ensure you are safe and can be looked out for while traveling alone..
Before you go on your travels...
- Make sure you register with your government before leaving and tell them of your travel plans and places you are going to visit. In the USA this can be done by contacting the State Dept, in the UK by contacting the Foreign and Commonwealth office, similarly the same if you are from Australia, Canada and most other European countries.
- Ensure you buy good quality medical / health / travel insurance before you go that includes medical evacuation.
- Try and research local doctors and/or healthcare facilities, especially if you're in a country where the native language isn't your native language. Be familar with emergency numbers.
- Ensure you let loved ones know where you will be and when.
While you are on your trip
- Rent an international cellphone or local simcard for emergency calls (or take your own if it works) - this can be a real life saver if you travel on your own.
- Place in your purse, wallet and in your luggage a list of any medications you take (the generic names), doses and how many times a day.
Solo travel does not have to be anymore risky than travelling with a friend or in a group. Just by following these simple steps can really make a difference to your safety.
The most important thing to do is to take out comprehensive medical insurance as this is vital for all travellers, whether alone or in a group.
Stay safe and enjoy healthy travel!
6 March 2010.