Travelling is one of the most exciting, fun-filled experiences that you can do, but when you’re travelling to a foreign country that you’ve never been to before, like Taiwan, there are certain things that you must remember to do before and whilst you’re travelling to ensure that you stay healthy. You don’t want to ruin the trip of a lifetime by falling ill halfway through your allocated time in Taiwan, so make sure that you follow these 4 simple tips and stay healthy for the whole duration of your journey.
Make Sure You’re Vaccinated
One thing that you absolutely must remember to do before you travel to Taiwan is to visit your doctor and find out what disease or illnesses are common so that you can get fully and properly vaccinated against them. Routine vaccinations like the measles vaccination should be up to date and the hepatitis A vaccine is strongly recommended due to the risk of contamination carried through food. There are some vaccinations that are not essential, but may be recommended by your doctor due to the part of Taiwan that you are visiting or the duration of your travel.
However, if you plan on traveling to other parts of Asia it is essential that you know what vaccinations are needed, as different countries can carry different diseases.
Make Sure You Know What You’re Eating
In countries like Taiwan, a popular tourist attraction is the authentic traditional street food markets. Whilst it’s only natural that you will want to spend time experiencing Taiwanese culture through their cuisine, you need to ensure that you know exactly what you’re eating, as unhygienic food can cause serious diseases.
You don’t want to spend most of your time in an amazing new country throwing up and being seriously ill from food poisoning or something even deadlier, so make sure that you only eat food that is completely cooked through and that you don’t eat anything that seems at all unhygienic.
As well as illness, a lot of Taiwanese food is cooked through deep fat frying, so this country’s cuisine isn’t too friendly for those on a diet. When you’re experiencing Taiwan’s amazing cuisine, make sure that you’re keeping an eye on the calorie counter, so you’re not eating more than you’re used to and making yourself ill.
Make Sure You’re Protected from the Hot Weather
Taiwan is a country that can get very hot, even in the traditionally colder seasons that we experience in America, so it’s vitally important that you are fully prepared for a potential heatwave that you are not used to. When you’re in a new country, there is no point in staying in your hotel room all day every day; you want to explore! And while that’s fine, you need to make sure that you’re not pushing yourself to travel more and do lots of exercise if the weather is too hot for you personally.
A simple but extremely effective way to stay safe and protected from the hot weather is to make sure that you are always hydrated. If you can, try to avoid drinking water from taps and always go for bottled water, just in case of possible contamination. As well as this, make sure that you have packed plenty of sunscreen so that you don’t burn. Not only is sunburn very uncomfortable and painful, but it can also lead to a variety of awful illnesses.
Travelling to Taiwan can be one of the most amazing travel experiences that you will embark on, but if you’re not fully prepared it can also be a dangerous experience. Make the most of your travels by making sure that you’re 100% prepared and safe for any safety disasters.