Common Health Issues While Traveling

The current Covid-19 pandemic has affected worldwide travel for several months due to multiple lockdowns in different countries. But with the arrival of new vaccines to fight off the virus, it is expected that people will again start to make travel plans and resume making vacation plans and trips. But this time, travelers may become more careful about their health issues.

And for the next future travelers, knowing what to expect health wise is just as important in making all the travel preparations, especially on the common ailments that can affect them along the way. Here are some of the common health issues that affect many travelers and how to address them.


The virus responsible for the current pandemic is still a cause of concern for those who wish to travel. Many countries are still dealing with this health issue and still pose as an ongoing threat to travelers. While it may still be a problem, there are ways to protect yourself. You can always take precautions by wearing a mask, washing your hands often when touching surfaces, as well as observing social distancing.

Travel may also require you to get tested first before you may be allowed to proceed with your trip. It is wise to know the Covid-19 travel requirements to avoid the complications later on.


Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease that is quite common in many areas of the world. It is usually prevalent in areas with tropical and temperate climates and in many developing countries. You can feel flu-like symptoms, including fever, chills and nausea. You can prevent from being infected by taking an anti-malaria pill before, during, as well as after your trip. Talk to your doctor about the risks and what you need to do to avoid becoming a victim of malaria during your trip.

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is a common issue among travelers. It may be acquired from contaminated food or water that may contain bacteria that causes upset stomach and also diarrhea. It can be serious enough to cause dehydration if not treated immediately. Treatment can include antibiotics or fluids. Frequent travelers can avoid it by ensuring eating only food in sanitary establishments. Avoid drinking local water and if you can, boil water or drink only sealed bottled water that you can get from the supermarket.

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