Medication, hospitals and doctors, oh my. Unless you’re visiting some historic attraction, these are probably the last things you want to think about when you’re traveling, right? How do you create a healthy travel plan? How do you stay healthy during your trip?
If you have a chronic medical condition, you’re probably already aware that your trip planning might include a few extra steps. Even if you’re not, and the only medicine you take is your daily vitamin, there are still some issues of concern that you might want to address before you head out to catch your flight. You never know when you might catch a bug or find yourself running to the restroom because of something you ate abroad.
Follow these tips to stay healthy during your trip.
5.) Consider Getting Travel Insurance to Have a Healthy Travel Trip
If you’re unlucky enough to need a hospital while you’re traveling, insurance can help. Of course, in most other countries health care costs infinitely less than it does in America, but it can still add up. Many travel insurance plans do not pay up front: you pay your bill, submit a claim to them and get reimbursed as per their fee schedule. Still, better late than never, right?
The good news is that you can procure basic travel insurance coverage for under $30 per year. For Americans, an International Student, Youth or Teacher Identity Card offers basic reimbursement insurance for international trips. If you’re not eligible for an ISIC, IYIC or ITIC, membership with Hosteling International USA is open to all and provides similar coverage. You can usually also purchase travel insurance when you purchase your airplane tickets and bundle them in. Just make sure to check what’s covered so it’s worth it.
You might want one of those memberships anyway since they come with perks and discounts that can stretch your travel budget.