Passport Health Founder Gives a Few Holiday Travel Tips December 16, 2014 By Cait Hartwyk Leave a Comment The holiday season is upon us! Today marks the beginning of Hanukkah, soon it will be Christmas then Kwanzaa and finally the New Year. This time is when many people will take the opportunity to travel and see different parts of the world and look forward to where they may be going throughout 2015. With that in mind, we sat down with Fran Lessans, President and CEO of Passport Health and asked her about traveling, travel health and what you can do before and during your trip to stay healthy and safe no matter where you may be. What is the most important factor in staying healthy while traveling? People are creatures of habit so they are not used to being in new and unfamiliar surroundings while traveling. Since accidents are common when traveling, it is important to pay attention to your whereabouts and do not flaunt large bills or wear garments to attract attention. Also, pack comfortable shoes, keep valuables like money and passports in a safe place and have a copy of your travel documents in your luggage in case of an emergency. What can travelers do if they do get sick while on a trip? Since traveler’s diarrhea is the #1 travel ailment it is important to take destination appropriate diarrhea medication, as this will probably eliminate most cases quickly. It is also a good idea to have a basic first aid kit along with your favorite remedies, as you will probably not be able to find these items while traveling. Of course, do not leave without destination specific recommended vaccines, medications and supplies. If traveling to a country where there are mosquito borne diseases like Dengue Fever and Chikungunya it is important to have repellents and know how to use them for maximum protection. What kinds of travel are most popular over the holidays and what particular health concerns might be associated with that travel? Holidays mean time off and that means travel. Popular tourist destinations outside of the US include visiting warmer climates in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Safari’s in Africa and Southeast Asian travel. Our goal is to keep travelers informed, protected and healthy so they can savor their trip with photos and fond memories. We would like to thank Fran for taking some time out of her day to answer our questions. If you have any questions of your own or would like more information on these topics or any travel health issue please contact a Passport Health Travel specialist. If you’d like to comment or leave your thoughts on what Fran had to say, please comment below or on our Facebook page.