Don’t tell my insurance company, but when it comes to travel, I’m a bit of a risk-taker, a feel the fear and do it anyway kind of gal; hence my propensity for ATV rides, snorkelling, scuba-diving and trying as many different experiences that take me off-grid as I possibly can. I’m going to the Caribbean at the weekend (I know, I’m sorry, more on that story later) and I have no doubt I’ll be putting on a helmet or taking my life in my hands while I’m there.
One thing I don’t risk, though, is travelling to countries which may be unsafe (I ALWAYS check the FCO website before I travel); and the second thing is my health, or my family’s, because there’s nothing that can ruin a holiday faster than Someone Getting Ill While You’re Away and take it from me, those panicky dashes to pharmacies where they don’t necessarily speak English can be a bit of a nightmare.
I’ll freely admit that I have an… erm… delicate constitution. So I’m a big believer in doing as much as possible before I board a plane (or ship) to ensure I don’t get an upset stomach while I’m away. Of course I do all the usual things like checking the local water is safe, trying not to eat salads washed in drinking water, and if it’s not cooked, boiled or peeled leaving it. But whether I’m travelling somewhere like Greece or further afield to places like Vietnam, I do try to experience local food, and all that comes with it.
For the last few trips I’ve taken I’ve been really sensible about taking precautions before I travel. I’m a big fan of probiotics anyway, but I’m also a believer in prebiotics, which are those clever things that sustain your gut’s healthy level of ‘good’ bacteria (they don’t contain any live bacteria, just feed the good ones) and are found in Bimuno’s Travelaid (you can find their Facebook page here) – you start taking them about a week before you travel and every day while you’re away, and it really helps your digestive wellbeing. It also reduces the need to take something with you that will stop what’s already started: prevention is definitely better than cure when it comes to staying healthy and safe on holiday. Because let’s face it, no one really wants to spend their holiday in the loo, do they?