Balancing Travel with Your Quality of Life


Stress and Anxiety Have Been Known to Interfere with Your Quality of Life

Many tourists and travelers are truly terrified to travel.  Depending upon the extent of your trip, preparing can cause some anxiety which in turn can interfere with your quality of life.

The mere thought of, or reading about attention grabbing headlines, bellowing on about cruise ships crashing and sinking due to the captain’s inability to steer clear of rocky terrain; dreadful plane crashes brought on by a simple flock of birds; or planes disappearing over subterranean seas and rivers – are all enough to send a traveler into anxiety overload.

Studies have shown that people who are affected by severe nervousness and anxiety may be at risk of heart disease and even death.

Studies reveal though, that there is more likely a chance to fatally encounter a meteor strike than becoming a casualty in a plane crash or cruise ship.  I know, it doesn’t make you feel any better but there is light at the end of the travel tunnel.

Scientists have been able to identify key travel patterns which you experience that can interfere with your quality of life.  By recognizing this behavior you will become a more effective diligent and vigilant traveler.  Here we go!

Over Weight

If the vessel you are traveling on is experiencing a crisis or urgent situation, a New York Times study suggests overweightoverweight-travel-shorten-life-span passengers are in danger of bursting through their seat belts.  Scientists suggest, the force can be tremendous.

Unfortunately, engineers are still designing restraints for travelers who weigh up to 77 kg, though the standard weight mass of women is around 75 kg and for men, around 88 kg.  Scientists also suggest that injury can occur from over weight traveler’s bursting seat belts, striking other passengers.

If you are a bit overweight, prior to travel, with the guidance of your physician, it’s best to hit the gym or begin walking.  This will assist in losing a few inches, managing your cholesterol, and maintaining your overall mood and fitness.

Jet Lag

Most of us who travel, experience some form of jet lag at some stage, more likely at the beginning of our travel.  Scientists have shown us however, that during our travel, if we’ve passed through a number of time regions or zones, our body clock can be significantly impacted, thus we become at risk for heart attack which shortens our quality of life tremendously.

Don’t fret, help is on the way! Science technicians have been cultivating a treatment that focuses on two main genetic materials within our bodies which play a crucial function in controlling our inner timepiece or internal body clock.

Stinky Feet

Stinky-Feet-Travel-Shorten-Life-SpanSounds silly but serious! The sweat on our feet attracts bacteria.  The bacteria frees your feet of waste which can be described as organic acids. The organic acids contain very powerful odors that will make your feet… well… stink.

Long travel hours can induce a case of smelly feet.  In many countries, insects like mosquitoes may carry disease such as malaria.  These insects can be attracted by our smelly feet, this according to a report featured in the Science Daily.  If you are bitten by a diseased infested insect, vaccines may not be readily available, and with no treatment, death can occur.

There are several resolutions.  Drink plenty of water; if you are wearing socks, make sure they are cotton; try washing your feet with green tea; take a bath with baking soda and a couple of tease spoons of vinegar; cut down on the alcohol and sugar; dust your feet with cornstarch or powder; and wear sandals.

Sleeping Pills

Most of us who are facing a lengthy travel ride, may consume sleeping pills to allow the journey to be a bit more relaxing.   Case studies show however, that sleeping pills can cause cancer which hinders our quality of life, especially if you have taken more than 18 pills prescribed by your doctor, per year.

There is a more healthier approach to achieving relaxation and sleep.   Herbal remedies can be most effective, as they work to alleviate or eliminate anxiety as well as digestive discomfort.  With guidance from your physician:

  • try valerian root which helps to combat insomnia and stress; or
  • place a sachet of lavender between your pillow – which supports drowsiness; or
  • drinking milk encourages sleep and increases alertness the next day; or
  • sip herbal tea which contain sleep inducing properties such as mint and chamomile; or
  • melatonin which is a natural chemical found in your body to promote sleep

Again, all of these methods should be green-lit by your doctor prior to consuming.

Asian Cuisine

Discovering new places while you travel will enable you to discover new culinary treats.  Certain fish in other countries such as Puffer-Fish-Travel-Shorten-Life-SpanChina and Japan are considered a delicatessen.  Take the Puffer fish for example.

Though this fish is highly prized in some restaurants, only licensed chefs can prepare it as it contains a high dose of tetrodotoxin, a poison so venomous it is more lethal than a single dose of cyanide.

There are no known antidotes for tetrodotoxin, which means, if Chinese or Japanese restaurants aren’t preparing the fish properly, you could be in for a fatal travel experience.

Travel should not negatively impact your quality of life.  As a traveler or tourist, take charge of your journey or trip by traveling healthy, traveling prepared and traveling smart!

About Author

Tracee Tuesday

Tracee Tuesday is a travel writer, radio and television personality.Her mission is to inspire, inform and equip you with information necessary to experience the most amazing trips that are fun, affordable and culturally broadening.In her pastime, Tracee enjoys: white water rafting, astrobiology, zoology, traveling, music, horseback riding, and is an all-out foodie.