How to tell the difference between food poisoning and stomach flu

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You know the feeling: You can’t keep food down, you’re running to the bathroom every 10 minutes and it feels like your stomach is doing cartwheels. Either you ate something spoiled or you picked up a terrible bug—but which one is it? And what can you do to feel better fast?

Click to find out.

Travel and Leisure: Food Poisoning vs. Stomach Flu: How to Tell the Difference



Business Travelers are More Likely to Get Sick when Traveling

Doctors say that when planes and trains are a consistent part of the gig, business travelers tend to report health woes of all kinds. Contributors include stress, poor eating habit and insufficient exercise.
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Vacations: Best thing for your career

According to NBC News, taking a vacation may be the best thing you can do for your are good for health

In addition you may find you’ll get improved sleep, be more creative, have more headspace, greater clarity and much more.

Those who don’t take time off are 78 to 84 percent less likely to receive a raise or bonus compared to those who do take time away.

Why Taking a Vacation Is the Best Thing You Can Do For Your Career  via NBC News



Don’t get sick on your next Cruise Vacation

With some proper preparation and care, you can reduce the chances of getting ill on your next cruise vacation.

Some simple tips include:Woman With An Ice Bag On Her Head

  • washing your hands at every opportunity
  • make good use of the hand sanitizer stations that you’ll find all over the ship
  • do your best to keep your hands off of handrails
  • don’t get crazy with food and alcoholic drink consumption
  • keep some ginger or other anti-nausea medication close at hand, should you need it

The folks over at Cruise Critic have 10 solid tips to help you have a healthy cruise.

Cruise Critic |  How Not to Get Sick on a Cruise: 10 Tips


What’s in your Travel First Aid Kit?

I’m a pretty healthy traveller. I rarely get sick.

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to be prepared, especially when I’m in a foreign country or stuck in a plane when you suddenly feel airsick, crampy or headachy. So I always like to keep a small kit in my carry-on or laptop bag.Woman With An Ice Bag On Her Head

Here’s are some of the things that I always have nearby:

  1. an Analgesic of some type. My preference is Ibuprofen (Advil), since it’s also an anti-inflammatory, but depending on what works for you, Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ASA (Aspirin) might work;
  2. an anti-diaherral medication;
  3. sea or air sickness medication like Gravol or your favourite generic brand;
  4. a small bottle hand sanitizer;
  5. small tube of petroleum jelly (vaseline). It has so many great uses; and,
  6.  an antihistamine like Benadryl, which can be useful for itching associated with sunburn, insect bites, poison ivy and allergies.

The New York Times published its version of the travel first aid kit here, so you might want to review both lists and develop your preferred “Go To” kit.

Jeffrey Brookfield
The Real Life Traveler | Cruise & Vacation Specialist
Expedia CruiseShipCenters | Guelph, ON

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Should the Zika Virus stop you from traveling to the Caribbean?

There is much in the news about the risks of traveling to Brazil, some Caribbean Islands and now Miami because of the threat of the Zika Virus.mosquito-062713-it-tif

This week, the Globe and Mail put the Zika Virus into context relative to other health-related risks.

This is a great read if you’re considering travel to those areas soon.  And yes, these issues will pass as well.

Read the Globe and Mail article here: The risk
of Zika is real, but not worthy of the hysteric

Jeffrey Brookfield
The Real Life Traveler | Cruise & Vacation Specialist
Expedia CruiseShipCenters | Guelph, ON

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