5 Ways to Avoid the Montezuma in Montezuma’s Revenge While Traveling Abroad
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Today I enthusiastically introduce you to Greg Rollett. I came to know Greg when I joined his RockStar Business Series (link on right sidebar) in order to increase traffic to this blog. We had great results that you can read about in “How Our Site Has Improved Through the Under 30 Rockstar Business Series” . Since then I have been extremely impressed by and grateful to Greg for his enthusiastic support of our projects and willingness to help.
Recently, Greg has joined a new project, On Call Nurse. Imagine knowing that wherever you are in the world you could always pick up a phone and speak to a nurse about any health question in your own language. As a seasoned traveler I have often wished I could have accessed a service like this. I hope you’ll appreciate this article as much as I do and will check out his new service.
It’s not something you, me or really anyone actively thinks about. You know, what if I get sick while traveling abroad? What if my kids or spouse or whomever gets sick when we are in an unfamiliar country and possibly where English is not the dominant language?
That’s a big headache right?
And while you are planning your travel it’s the last thing you want to think about. I mean come on, plan for beaches, trails, mountains, boats, restaurants, castles, sporting events or plopping down for a few months to work on yourself and your business. That’s what we want to plan for.
And while this might not top your exciting things to do while planning list, there are a few quick things that you can do to ensure you are ready for Montezuma’s Revenge or whatever else comes your way.
Let your home country know that you are leaving
Now, no one likes to give the Government too much information, but in this case, they are collecting information about your trip in order to let you know of any family emergencies and also give you ways to contact them in the case of an emergency on your end. This may not be the most popular option, but it is a good way to be able to get in touch with loved ones back home by using a government intermediary. The US version of this can be found at https://travelregistration.state.gov.
Talk to your health insurance company
This may or may not make you happy after you talk to them, as many providers do not extend coverage outside the US. For those lucky few that have extended coverage, hats off to you my friend. For those that do not, the next best thing is to see if there is a US Consulate located close to where you are traveling. They can provide assistance in locating health care providers and facilities, contact family members in the U.S., and assist with the wire transfer of funds from the U.S.
Check for health watches and health scares
Before you head into foreign soil, do some quick Google News searches to see if there are any health scares in that region. Look for outbreaks and other things that strike you as odd and out of the ordinary. Doing a few quick searches and investigating can save you some trips to a local hospital or doctor. You can also check with the hotel, hostel or host family you may be staying with when you arrive. They generally have some good info for tourists, and your health is in their best interest as you can spend more money at their hotel and restaurants if you are healthy!
Talk with your doc about prescriptions
This is an overlooked travel item for many people that we encounter at On Call Nurse. Travelers who head out into a trip and forget to stock up on prescriptions. The best thing to do here is to get a letter from your doctor describing the medical condition and any prescription medications, including the generic names of prescribed drugs. This will help in getting you the meds you need, when you need them.
Have an emergency number to call
For those left without insurance when traveling abroad, or for those that may have overseas insurance, having a number to call that will get your questions answered in your home language is extremely important. A service like On Call Nurse is there for you 24 hours a day in over 150 languages. All you need to do is dial the number from any phone and get the answers you need about pressing health issues. This can be anything from injuring yourself on an excursion to eating bad local food to allergic reactions. Having someone to talk to to get real answers can be extremely helpful in getting you back on your feet and exploring the world that you set out to see.
What about you?
Have you run into issues while traveling? How did you handle them? Do you have any tips to keeping yourself healthy as can be? Share them in the comments below.