8 Things You Need Know When Traveling
This is one of those articles you will never regret reading – because when you need this information – you will be glad you took the time.
So you have decided that you are going to travel for a while – go out and discover life, love and adventure by seeing the world. Many people choose to back pack and there is some advice you need to know, whether you are going away for 2 weeks or 2 years.
I decided the same thing, spending the last 8 years on the road with wanderlust in my heart. I can truly say that I have picked up some handy tips along the way….and here are my pearls of wisdom that will help you will your travels.
Pearl Number 1 – Keeping Up With Your Vitamins
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
So try not to skip breakfast but sometimes this is easier said than done – so one of the best tips is to take a good daily multivitamin while you are traveling.
This is simple advice…and I guarantee you won’t be sorry.
Pearl Number 2 – Foodie
Try to eat a healthy, nutritious diet when you can, but that depends on the countries you are visiting. The quality of food varies dramatically…and believe me – not all countries are equal.
Be mindful of the amount of the fiber you are taking into your diet because elimination can be a problem when traveling.
Poor elimination can occur due to a number of reasons and your body can take a while to adjust to another country.
Without adequate fiber – you’ll start to feel sluggish and tired. Foods that contain lots of fiber include avocados, berries, coconut, figs, peas and beans.
If you prone stomach upset, Yogurt is great for the digestive system and eat it when you can.
One thing you want to try to avoid when traveling is food poisoning which results from unclean food or cooking conditions.
- Be careful where you eat.
- Eat at popular stalls and restaurants.
- Find accommodation with a kitchen and cook your own food.
- Shop at local markets where you can get fresh ingredients and herbs.
Siem Reap – Cambodia is the perfect place for great food and has a variety of cuisines available including Khmer, Western, Mexican, Indian, Thai, Steak Houses, Salad Bars and much more. Made from fresh ingredients in local restaurants that are clean…and you can get a great main meals for as low as US 2.00.
If you do eat some bad food, you will start to know about it within a few hours. This will include such symptoms as nausea, dehydration, elevated temperature and sweating….then the tidal wave of horror begins.
Five Natural Medicines To Help Stop Vomiting
Ginger is very effective for settling the stomach if you are feeling nauseous and is great if you are traveling on a boat suffering from sea sickness.
How to Prepare the Ginger
Wash, peel and grate 5 – 7 cm (2 – 2 ½ inches) of fresh ginger.
Place in a saucepan 1 litre (1 quart water – 4 cups).
Bring to the boil.
Let cool and infuse for 5 -10 minutes.
Strain into a cup and add honey to taste.
2 Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple Cider Vinegar helps treat food poisoning and contains antimicrobial properties.
How To Prepare the Apple Cider Vingar
Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (one tablespoon of honey optional for taste) in a hot cup of water.
Sip slowly and repeat 1 hour later.
To freshen your breath and help prevent further vomiting, rinse your mouth with one teaspoon of vinegar diluted in one-half cup of water
3 Rice Water:
Rice water helps alleviate vomiting (use white rice because it is rich in starch and easier to digest).
How to Prepare Rice Water
Boil 3 – 4 cups of water in a saucepan.
Add ½ a cup of rice.
Wait until the water goes a creamy colour.
Strain out the liquid from the rice and pour into a cup.
(Add honey and cinnamon for sweetening optional).
Drink rice water while it is still hot and sip slowly.
Cinnamon treats nausea and vomiting caused by digestive problems (not suitable for pregnant women).
Preparing the Cinnamon
In a cup of boiling water either a cinnamon stick or 1 – 1½ teaspoons of cinnamon powder.
Allow it to steep for 7 – 15 minutes.
Drain tea from the cinnamon.
(Optional – add honey for sweetness)
5 Mint Tea
Mint Tea can provide relief from vomiting, especially when it is caused by an upset stomach.
Preparing the Mint
Add one tablespoon of dried mint or fresh leaves to a cup of hot water.
Allow it to steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
Strain and sip tea slowly.
However usually, vomiting comes diarrhoea as your body tries to eliminate the toxins.
Four Natural Cures for Diarrhoea
Diarrhoea often comes with food poisoning or it can be a problem by itself. Here are some natural cures that can help your body recover quicker.
Live bacterial cultures (such as lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium) are present in Yougurt and good for the bacteria in your intestines.
Fresh ginger can be made into a tea and will reduce cramps and settle the stomach (see above recipe above for preparation).
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of cool water.
Repeat in ½ hr.
4. Chamomile Tea
Camomile tea not only has a calming effect but it has also has been used for centuries in treating digestive disorders and helps to reduce bowel issues.
On the Road to Recovery
When recovering from vomiting and diarrhoea, eating bananas is good to regain electrolyte balance because they are high in potassium.
Bananas are also easy to digest and gentle on the stomach.
When you or someone you know is sick – this is one of those times that you wish you had taken that First Aid course at the local college.
….and maybe this is a good time to start that short course before you set off traveling – especially if you are going for a long period of time.
Like I always say “You can never have too much First Aid knowledge” and you never know when you just may need it.
Like I always say “You can never have too much First Aid knowledge” and you don’t know when you just may need it.
To mention the obvious – I would feel negligent if I didn’t and common sense prevails with illness. If medical assistance is needed, do not hesitate to take the appropriate steps.
Pearl Number 3 – Looking Fantastic!
Traveling and backpacking is a great way of getting in shape/or staying in shape because you are often out and about exploring.
If you want to keep in shape on the road, a Yoga mat is a great item to take with you, which can attach at the bottom of your backpack. Not only can it be used it to practice Yoga, but it doubles as a floor covering if you have some rough nights…or if you need something to sit on.
If you want to get into shape and plan to discover the new you while traveling – walking is one of the best forms of exercise. You will find many opportunities to walk while you are exploring – and walk as much as you can.
Another important aspect of walking is that you are out in the fresh air and sunshine. Vitamin D comes from the sun and very important for both mental and physical well-being.
Pearl Number 4 – Taking Time for You
If you have a busy schedule or backpacking for a longer period of time – it is important to take a day off now and then. This gives you the opportunity to just relax, soak up where you are and what you have seen.
It’s wonderful seeing many things, meeting new people and having amazing adventures – but traveling constantly can be physically and mentally challenging at times.
It is important to have some relaxation between your hectic schedule, so you can recharge your batteries – mind, body and spirit.
Sometimes you need time alone…and there is nothing wrong with that.
Traveling is a time of much personal growth, where you are learning about yourself and where you fit into the world – which can be a profound experience.
Learning to use your internal compass to guide. You will learn to hone skills…and some of which you never knew you had.
When traveling for a long period of time – slow and steady is great advice. We all start out wanting to experience everything the world has to offer, however as time passes and the longer you are traveling – you will understand how important it is to take a rest now and then.
Siem Reap not only has magnificent ancient temples…plus so much more – it is quickly becoming the home of alternative therapies and relaxation. Here you will find a great massage, Reiki or Fish Spa…with all sorts of ancient and progressive beauty or relaxation treatments available to you.
The prices of services are very cheap compared to many countries in the world – even for Asia.
Pearl Number 5 – Party! Party! Party! – Helping a Hangover….
We can all overdo the festivities from time to time…especially in Siem Reap. At night the place transforms into the true party town that is centered around Pub Street. Here you can dance the night away until the wee hours of the morning as party goers spill out onto the streets.
In the stark light of day…here are some natural remedies that help a hangover.
One of the super foods, Bananas contain potassium and that is the reason that they make a great hangover cure. When you’re hungover, your body has lost lots of potassium that needs to be replenished…and bananas are a great way to do it.
Eat a banana when you wake up, which will provide much-needed relief for the upcoming day.
Siem Reap has lots of fresh fruit juice stalls along Pub Street and one of their most popular drinks is fresh banana shakes….I wonder why?
Some people drink a Bloody Mary the day after a big night out, also known as “hair of the dog” – (which most experts generally agree is only a temporary cure for a hangover).
However, tomatoes are rich in the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that alcohol depletes form our body; plus tomatoes contains fructose which aids in metabolizing alcohol in our system.
Add a little cayenne pepper, honey and lime for that little extra boost.
Honey is one of those miracle foods that has so many applications – and helping with a hangover is one of them.
Honey aids our body to metabolize the alcohol because also contains potassium.
For severe conditions – take two to six teaspoons of it every 20 minutes or until you feel better.
In Siem Reap you will find crepe vans and they make a great honey and banana crepes – which may just be the thing you need for the morning after.
Water rehydrates the body and is still the best remedy for a hangover.
It is good advice to hydrate before you go out, while we are drinking and the following day to replenish the fluid back into your body….while swearing you’ll never, ever drink again.
Pearl Number 6 – Dehydration is Not Your Friend
Speaking of water…
If you are in a hot country, it is important to keep up with your fluid intake.
It is good to drink approximately 3 liters a day because we sweat most of it out.
Often salt replacement drinks can be purchased from local convenience stores, which replace the electrolytes that our body losses.
Coconut juice fresh from the shell is the best thing to drink for dehydration. If you are dehydrated you will experience the symptoms of nausea and vomiting or fainting.
Never take the chance of drinking the local water, which locals people have taken a lifetime to get used to. Always drink bottled water, however, if you are going somewhere remote it is a good idea to take a portable water filter, which you can purchase online.
Pearl Number 7 – Five Things Girls Needs When Traveling
This is the essential equipment that every gal needs when taking off to see the world and remember the lighter the load – the better.
1 Mini Hand Sanitizer
Mini Hand Sanitizer is important if you can’t stand your hands feeling sticky or like to use before meals.
Just a note…not all toilets in the world are the same and its good to be prepared for every occasion.
A small packet of tissues is an essential and can be utilized on many occasions.
3 Coconut Oil (organic, virgin)
Coconut Oil has many uses including cooking, health benefits (when ingested), a makeup remover, massage oil, body moisturizer, shaving cream, itch relief, cold sore treatment, toothpaste, hair treatment, cuticle treatment…and I am sure there are many more uses.
4 A Sarong
A sarong has multiple uses and is a very handy piece of clothing to have when you are traveling.
Not only can it be used as beach, day and evening wear – a sarong can also be used as a sheet for sleeping, a ground covering when eating and curtain to keep the light out.
5 The Survival Kit
When you are on the road having this survival kit – you will be thankful when one of these items comes to good use.
- Nail file (wooden)
- A small spool of black and while thread
- 2 Needles
- Small nail scissors
- Nail clippers
- A small flashlight
- 4 Safety pins (2 large and 2 small)
- 4 Paperclips
- 4 Elastic bands
- 4 Band aid plasters
- A small roll of sticky tape
Pearl Number 8 – Are You Ready to Grow?
There is nothing more fulfilling than getting out and seeing the world….there is a wealth of benefits on many levels.
You will learn a great deal when traveling and it will expand your mind like never before. You will grow and become a more well-rounded person, discovering talents which you never knew you had.
“Traveling is to live” – Hans Christian Anderson
Every person’s experience is unique and you have an opportunity to create your own adventures that were once only envisioned in your mind.
Siem Reap is the home of both Bayon and Ta Prohm Temples where Lara Croft: Tomb Raider staring Angelina Jolie was filmed. It is a place of mystique, rich history…and there is so much to do in Siem Reap that it makes for the perfect holiday whether you are solo, a couple or a group of friends.
Find out more of what Siem Reap has to offer on our Cambodian Buzz website …and have an experience in Asia that you will never forget.