I was hoping somebody could help me, when travelling a long time (i.e. months to years) how do people stay healthy especially in the tropics.
I am thinking about stomach problems, malaria.
When i go to the tropics i watch what i eat and i still get a bad stomach and always take malaria tablets (dont really want to carry a years worth of malaria tablets in my pack)
Everyone talking about RTW and long travel seem to talk about a lot of things like gear, routes, money, staying in touch with home but I cant find anything related to health. Any help would be great cos this is the last fear i have while saving up for my own RTW trip.
Don't know about malaria - I've never been to the tropics, or even traveled a long time. Problems I have had though, in my limited escapades, are dehydration/mild heatstroke, altitude sickness and sore feet. Altitude sickness I had very little control over, but the other two I had, yet did nothing. So, drink water before you get thirsty. Never underestimate the sun. Be careful to look after your feet by trimming nails and wearing shoes that fit. Boring, I know.
Should add - stay as clean as you can. No offense intended.
[ Edit: Edited on 04-May-2010, at 11:27 by fabyomama ]
no offence taken, thanks for the advice those are some of the others problems i had not considered.