When this article posts, I will be sightseeing in beautiful Alaska!  Which is why I chose the photo of an amazing Alaskan glacier for the feature photo.   I LOVE all that is travel!  Seeing new places and scenery, trying new foods, exploring new territories, and being free from all of the burdens of everyday life at home that seem to be ever-present.

Since I am a long-time public health professional and certified health educator, as our regular Unconditionally Her readers know, I put a health slant on EVERYTHING that I do.  This also would include travel!  Which is why I wanted to share a few travel tips for those of you all who may also be sailing the seas, hitting the road, flying the blue skies, or otherwise embarking on a journey to an amazing destination of your choice this summer.

Get Active!

Traveling provides a great opportunity to stay active.   We are visiting a dog sled camp which will involve a bit of a trek just to get there,  doing some sledding, taking a photogenic nature hike with plenty of stops for pictures (hike is a total of 4 miles!) and hoping to get some iceberg and marine wildlife photos among others, and also taking a bicycle tour in Juneau.    Being the fitness buff that I am, I also plan on visiting the on-board gym we have on our ship.

Keep an eye on nutrition.

Other ways to stay healthy and well – Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a wealth of resources on staying safe and healthy during travel. Below is some great information from the CDC’s website.  The website is worth visiting, as they have information on everything from international travel, road safety, jet lag, high altitudes, traveling with your pets, to, ahem………………traveler’s diarrhea. Anything you could possibly want to know about staying healthy while traveling can be found on the site.

Here are a few basics from “Your Survival Guide to Safe Safe and Healthy Travel,” which is focused on international travel, but has great information for travelers no matter where your destination locally.  Please remember to visit the website, though, as I am convinced there is no travel question or issue anyone has that is NOT on the site. It is THAT thorough!

Your Survival Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel tips:


Take steps to anticipate any issues that could arise during your trip.


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No one wants to think about getting sick or hurt during a trip, but sometimes these things happen. You may not be able to prevent every illness or injury, but you can plan ahead to be able to deal with them.



It is important to practice healthy behaviors during your trip and after you return home. This section outlines how you can protect yourself and others from illness during your trip.



For more information on your responsibilities as a traveler, listen to “The Three P’s of Safe and Healthy Travel” podcast.


Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Your Survival Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel, http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/survival-guide.  Accessed June 20, 2016.