Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

It’s imperative to feel comfortable and safe while traveling, especially for Globe Aware volunteers just starting to get back into flying abroad. Follow these easy tips to stay healthy and make the most of your volunteer vacation!


9 Tips For Staying Healthy While Traveling, According To A Retired Physician

TERESA OTTO, MD
MAY.15.2021

TRAVEL AWAITS

In December of 2018, I retired from practicing medicine. As an anesthesiologist, I spent my days in an operating room putting people to sleep and waking them up when their surgeries were finished. It’s a package deal that I was happy to deliver to several thousand patients over the course of my 26-year career.

I have traveled at every opportunity, including several times this past year. I’m going to share the tips I follow to stay healthy while traveling — tips I used pre-COVID and during the pandemic.

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Ten most colourful places to visit

Jaipur, Havana and Cusco, all these Globe Aware volunteer vacation destinations make the list! These colorful locations should definitely be added to your bucket list!


 Little India to Havana: 10 most colourful places to add to your travel wishlist

PALLABI BOSE
Travel 19 Jul 2022
LIFESTYLE ASIA

The world is full of beautiful places that you can admire as a traveller. While some of the most colourful places on earth are a result of natural phenomena, others are man-made.

For instance, the serene mountains and seas, the endless dunes in deserts, the earthy aroma of jungles and the bustling cities, all bring out the spectacular hues of various regions in a country that can leave you spellbound.

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What is the Mid-Autumn Festival?

The mid-autumn festival lands on September 10th 2022, and is celebrated throughout Asia. Globe Aware volunteers in Vietnam during this month will be lucky enough to experience this special harvest celebration, also known as the “children’s festival.”


What is the Mid-Autumn Festival, and how is it celebrated around Asia?

29 Jul 2022
PYUSHA CHATTERJEE
Lifestyle Asia

The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival is celebrated across East Asian and Southeast Asian countries, especially those with Chinese communities, but what does it really entail?

Falling on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month (as per the Chinese lunar calendar), it is observed for a few days (mostly three) around the main day, wherein the city streets are decorated with bright and colourful lanterns and dazzling lights. During this period, people typically celebrate by savouring delectable mooncakes — which, as their name suggest, represent the full moon. The snack also symbolises happiness and family reunions.

This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on 10 September. Mooncakes aside, not everyone might know what the event is all about. 

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Thailand To Start Treating Covid Like The Flu From October

From October, Thailand will downgrade Covid to the same category as the flu virus. Thailand is re-asserting itself as a friendly destination for tourists and our Globe Aware volunteers.


Thailand To Start Treating Covid Like The Flu From October

By VINICIUS COSTA
Travel Off Path
August 13 2022

In a new development even the most optimistic didn’t see coming, Thailand will outpace the vast majority of Asia, and even the Western Hemisphere, in treating Covid as an endemic disease. From October, the once ultra-strict country will downgrade the pathogen to the same category as the flu virus, effectively treating both the same.

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Be aware: Food importation rules can bite travelers

Many countries have their own laws regarding the importation of food items, and the United States is no exception, having issued 7,190 violations in 2021. Globe Aware volunteers should be aware of what food items could result in expensive consequences.


Think Twice About Flying With Food, Huge Fines Could Be Waiting

By Tyler Fox
August 15 2022
Travel Off Path

Grabbing a last-minute breakfast before flying is common practice when rushing through the airport. However, that breakfast could cost you much more than anticipated if you aren’t careful. Recently, a passenger heading to Australia was fined $1,874 USD for bringing his McDonald’s breakfast with him from Bali. That breakfast will end up costing more than the original flight to Bali, and it should serve as a warning to other travelers. Many countries have their own laws regarding the importation of food items, and the case above shows how serious the repercussions can be. The United States is no exception and issued 7,190 violations in 2021 for “failures to declare prohibited agriculture items.”

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Luggage delayed, lost or damaged?

The prospect of delayed, lost or damaged baggage can make any Globe Aware volunteer nervous about flying. There are things you can do and strategies you can take to help avoid or at least minimize the impact of lost and delayed luggage.


What should I do if my luggage is delayed, lost or damaged?

By Forrest Brown
CNN
August 7, 2022

(CNN) — It’s enough to give anyone already nervous about the chaos in the skies yet another reason to pop an antacid: the prospect of delayed, lost or damaged baggage.

The concern is valid.

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Traveling to Costa Rica during Covid-19

If you’re planning to travel to Costa Rica, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to travel to this popular Globe Aware destination.


Travel to Costa Rica during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

CNN Staff
July 2, 2021

If you’re planning to travel to Costa Rica, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic.

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Bhutan sets reopening date

Bhutan will reopen for international tourists from September for the first time since the pandemic began more than two years ago, officials said on June 30. Globe Aware volunteers will be delighted to know that we offer a volunteer vacation week in this tiny Himalayan kingdom.


Bhutan sets reopening date — and increases daily tourist tax

June 30, 2022
Reuters

Bhutan will reopen for international tourists from September for the first time since the pandemic began more than two years ago, officials said on June 30, as the tiny Himalayan kingdom looks to revive its economy.

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Traveling to Ghana during Covid-19

Ghana has been open to international flights for some time. If you’re planning to travel to Ghana, here’s what Globe Aware volunteers will need to know!


Traveling to Ghana during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

August 1, 2022
CNN

(CNN) — If you’re planning to travel to Ghana, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic.

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19 Travel Prep Tips

With summer travel season in full swing, you might be counting down the days until your Globe Aware volunteer vacation! But impending travel means a heap of logistics to manage, and you might find your excitement is overshadowed by stress. Here are some helpful travel tips to make things easier!


Reduce Pre-Vacation Stress With These 19 Travel Prep Tips

Here’s what you can do now to make your upcoming summer trip go smoothly.

Mary King
July 20, 2022
CNET

With summer travel season in full swing, you might be counting down the days until your next trip — already imagining the warm sand between your toes or the stunning landmarks you’ve longed to see in person. (If you’re hoping to capture those sweet vacation memories on camera, here’s the essential travel photography gear to pack.) But impending travel means a heap of logistics to manage, and you might find your excitement is overshadowed by stress.

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