Travel Tip Tuesday

Did you know that road crashes are the single greatest cause of death for healthy Americans traveling abroad?  Americans are traveling increasingly to countries where the chances of being killed or seriously injured may be from 20 to 40 times greater than in the U.S. The Know Before You Go program offered by the Association for Safe International Road Travel provides tips so you won’t become a statistic. Oh yeah and don’t forget to buckle up, wear a helmet, look every which way when you cross and don’t drive distracted by anything!

Top Travel Apps

Even if you dont have internet access you can still take advantage of these great resources. Here are some great apps to take with you when you travel.

Do you have any other favorite travel apps to add to our list?

Hurricane Season

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the hurricane and typhoon seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Check out what’s happening to see how your travel plans may be impacted by weather.

Travel Tip Tuesday

Cell phones can be very handy when you travel. They can act as a flashlight. You can take a photo of your hotel and if you can’t communicate with your cabby, show him a picture. You can take a photo of important things, like your passport, itinerary , immunization record, medical history, medication list, phone numbers of your credit card companies international line to report stolen or lost cards, and the number of your travel health insurance company.

Hey, you can even make phone calls!

Favorite Foto Friday- Painful Poppy Pictures

Painful poppy pictures

The kindness of strangers.

It’s easy to get injured when you travel, especially when you are taking a photo and wearing sandals on an uneven unpaved road and keep backing up to get the right angle. I was bleeding and found out later I broke a toe. In the next town, while I cleaned myself up, the waiter brought me a cold can of Coke, for my foot and a glass of wine for my pain. It was 9 am and I was grateful for both.  Where was I?

Don’t Lose Sleep Over Jet Lag

Does anyone really know what time it is?

A friend once said that jet lag is Mother Nature’s way  of letting men know what PMS feels like. Symptoms include headache, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, poor concentration, altered mood, irritability and stomach problems, too.  The effects are generally worse for eastward travel and with increasing age.

So what’s the best way to deal with it? Try to leave home rested and not frazzled.  Use the time on the plane to rest up and begin to reset your biological clock. Once you are on the plane, change your watch and mentally put yourself into the time zone you are going to.

Travelers seem to feel better when they avoid caffeine, alcohol, and heavy meals while air-borne.  Many people find zolpidem (Ambien) or eszopiclone (Lunesta) , a prescription sleep aids, can help you sleep on the plane and correct jet lag once you land. It allows you to get about 6 hours sleep and awaken clear-headed. It’s not for everyone. Your travel health specialist or primary care provider can help you decide if it may help you.

Once you arrive,  it can take 24-48 hours for symptoms to diminish. Try to stay awake your first day and go to bed early that first night in your new time zone.  Zolpidem or eszopiclone can be used to help you stay asleep that first night. If you decide to use it, try a “test” dose at home first to see how your body reacts to it.

Preventing jet lag symptoms helps you land on your feet, clear-headed and ready to go.

Travel Tip Tuesday

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. Sign up for Travel Alerts.