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As someone once said, traveling is never a matter of money, but of courage. Truer words have never been spoken. Still, whether you prefer lounging on a beach or exploring ancient ruins, it is crucial to stay safe and healthy every time you go for a new adventure. Many people are more occupied with packing the perfect collection of outfits which often leaves very little room for safety and health. For that reason, here are some tips from experts that will help you stay healthy no matter where you go!
Have a safe travel thanks to these helpful tips! 

Do Your Research

Make sure to learn about where it is you are traveling to! This is essential if you’re traveling to a place that has been deemed unsafe for various reasons. The place doesn’t have to be a war zone or riddled with criminal activities. Sometimes poverty, weather conditions, and lack of resources can play a part in the safety of a destination. Therefore, make sure you learn everything that can be learned, especially if you’re going to a place that is completely new and foreign to you. Learn everything you can about local regulations, customs, language, and traffic conditions so you won’t encounter any difficulties along the way! 


Do Your Research
Tour M at Mad Monkey Nacpan Beach © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey


Prepare an Emergency Kit

Be sure to have a small bag holding any necessities you may need to have a safe travel! An emergency kit should have all the things you might need in case of any minor cuts, burns, and other injuries that don’t require immediate medical intervention. Also, be sure to include things like pain relievers, band-aids, cold medicines, and basic sewing equipment. Lastly, be sure to visit a local doctor if any symptoms you may have continue for more than 48 hours. 


Prepare an Emergency Kit


Get Outside: Physical Activities are Always a Good Idea

Being away from the comfort of your home can make one feel slightly anxious, especially if you have a lot of free time ahead of you. Opting to partake in physical activities is a great way to stay healthy and meet new people. You are also killing time in a healthy and productive manner – it’s a win-win! You can join a local yoga class in the park or go for a run it all depends on your preferences. In case you’re looking to connect with other people, you can also register for a park run. This is a wonderful way to get physically active while also having fun with like-minded people. Working out while traveling will surely help you kill some time while also allowing you to stay healthy, happy, and have a safe travel. 
Many Mad Monkey’s offer events and tours that get you out and about! For example, our Riverside Sunset Tour at Mad Monkey Phnom Penh has you exploring the incredible city on foot! We also have our amazing Stand-Up Paddle Board Tour at Mad Monkey Gili T! Get involved and get active at all Mad Monkey hostels!


Get Outside: Physical Activities are Always a Good Idea


Travel with People you Trust

Mental health is equally as important as physical health. If you’re planning to have a nice and worry-free trip, you should travel with people you love and trust. Some people dislike the notion of traveling alone, so that’s why they often ask random folks to accompany them. This is not a bad idea, but be sure these people will be able to support you in times of need. If you can’t find someone you trust to travel with, maybe it’s time you took on the world solo! 


Travel with People you Trust
Pub Crawl at Mad Monkey Phnom Penh © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey


Be Careful with Food

Traveling provides you with a great way to try various types of food, yet many people still opt to eat at international chain restaurants because it’s deemed safer. Visiting local restaurants and trying different dishes is a nice way to connect to local culture and gain some valuable new experiences, however. If you’re going to a place that has a fundamentally different diet from the one you eat, you should definitely do your research prior to the trip. If possible, start taking some probiotics just to make sure you’re safe from potential bacteria in food. Aside from that, you should also aim to eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables. Be sure the vegetables are thoroughly washed before consumption. And, as always, eat where the crowd eats – you are less likely to be ill from food if you go to an incredibly popular joint! 


Be Careful with Food
Delicious spread at Mad Monkey Cebu City © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey


See the Sights

Whenever you find yourself in a new place, the best thing to do is to just walk around and explore all the amenities that seem enticing and interesting. Some cities such as Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Rome, Paris, and Tokyo have so many sites worth exploring, so if you ever happen to be there, make sure to visit all the monuments, museums, and parka. Do remember that walking can take a toll on your feet, so it’s recommended to get a good pair of walking shoes that will protect your hips, back, neck, and feet. You’ll be free to go anywhere you want without enduring any pain which is crucial if you want to have a nice time while being away from home!


See the sights
Exploring Angkor Wat © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey


Stay Hydrated

Drinking enough water throughout the day is crucial if you want to stay healthy and energized! You should try to drink about eight glasses of water per day. If you are traveling to a place with a hot and dry climate, it is absolutely essential to keep yourself hydrated throughout the trip. This is super important if you also plan to party and drink alcohol. Also, never drink tap water. If you do, always check whether it is safe for consumption. Also, don’t forget to purchase a reusable water bottle during your trip so that you can utilize water refill stations instead of purchasing plastic water bottles! 


Establish a Routine

Our routines are what make us happy and organized. Going on a trip doesn’t mean you have to abandon your routines. Instead, find a way to tweak them so that they’ll work for you no matter where you are! For example, you can always pack travel size bottles of your favorite skincare products, which will allow you to take care of your skin without sacrificing anything! Going on a trip isn’t a reason to stop doing the things you love. Always try to find a solution before leaving home for some new adventures.


Establish a Routine
Moalboal and Canyoneering Tour at Mad Monkey Cebu City © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey


Stay Safe

Some countries and societies are more susceptible to corruption, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t get help if you ask for it. Also, if you’re traveling to a risky region, always aim to get all the relevant information that will make your trip easier. Always get traveling health insurance, just to be safe. You should always be responsible for yourself, so be sure to drink responsibly. If possible, you should never skip a chance to get enough sleep, especially if you’re going to a different time zone. Being healthy requires you to take care of yourself, even when you don’t feel like it!


Stay safe
River Cruise at Mad Monkey Kampot © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey


Have a Safe Travel & Chill Out

Whether you go sightseeing or want to party every night, it’s important to give yourself some time off. Your body needs to be able to recharge. Taking frequent breaks will help you rest your feet and relax, which is extremely helpful if you’ve been sightseeing for the past few hours or so. If you’re walking and exploring the city, then it’s also recommended to take a break and sit down in a café to get refreshed with a cup of coffee or any other drink. Similarly, you can also sit on a park bench or go for a meal, as long as you keep yourself seated and your feet rested. That way you will be ready to endure other challenges that require you to be physically active!


Have a Safe Travel & Chill Out
A delicious cup of coffee at Mad Monkey Boracay © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey


Stay Clean

Always keep some wipes or hand sanitizing gel with you in case any restrooms are not equipped with soap or water!
Keeping yourself healthy is a multi-faceted job that requires careful planning and preparation. Even though some of these things on this list may not be your top priority, it is important to make note of these things before traveling. This will allow you to be able to have a healthy and fun traveling experience without worrying about any issues that may arise!.



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