Category: Travel Health

The 30 Best Places to Travel in 2021

Let’s face it, in many aspects the year 2020 was an absolutely miserable year. Tens of millions of people around the world were infected with the Coronavirus and millions of people lost their lives. Even for those who managed to avoid getting sick, our lives were thrown into turmoil as countries shut down, quarantines were put into place, and our daily routines were largely effected. Many industries have been critically effected by the shutdowns, quarantines, and restrictions, and one of those that was hardest hit was the travel and tourism industry. With most countries closing their borders, airlines, hotels, restaurants, and tourism-centered businesses have really struggled to stay afloat. However, now that the calendar has turned and vaccinations are starting to get rolled out, it seems like the long nightmare of 2020 may soon finally be behind us. In anticipation of international travel opening back up, I have outlined some of my Top 2021 Travel Destinations to start inspiring you to travel again.

New US COVID-19 Travel Policy Goes Into Effect January 26, 2021

Starting on January 26, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States will be expanding their negative COVID-19 testing requirement to include all air passengers entering the United States. The aim of the new US COVID-19 Travel Policy are to slow the spread of the virus within the United States and to prevent new strands that have been appearing from getting into the country. The major airlines in the United States have shown their support for the new COVID-19 Travel Policy and will be working with the US government to enforce the policy. This new policy is inline with the COVID-19 travel policies for many other countries around the world, which have been effective in controlling the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 and Travel: A Comprehensive List of Countries Open to American Tourists

What started out as a project to determine which countries I could visit internationally and what safety protocols were in place for those countries quickly turned into an exercise to inform you, my beloved readers, on what international travel options are available for Americans at this time and what health and safety protocols are in place throughout the world. I am hopeful that this information is helpful as you start to look at making plans to travel internationally again.

Belgium Passport, VISA, Customs, and Immunization Requirements for Visitors

If you are traveling to Belgium from outside of the country, you should be aware of the passport, VISA, and immunization requirements before planning your travel.  If you do not meet the requirements, you will be denied entry into Belgium.  This is not something that I would wait until the last minute to take care of as you might not have enough time to sort out any issues at the last minute should you run into them.

Australia Passport, VISA, Customs, and Immunization Requirements for Visitors

If you are traveling to Australia from outside of the country, you should be aware of the passport, VISA, and immunization requirements before planning your travel.  If you do not meet the requirements, you will be denied entry into Australia.  This is not something that I would wait until the last minute to take care of as you might not have enough time to sort out any issues at the last minute should you run into them.

Spain Passport, VISA, Customs, and Immunization Requirements for Visitors

If you are traveling to Spain from outside of the country, you should be aware of the passport, VISA, and immunization requirements before planning your travel.  If you do not meet the requirements, you will be denied entry into Spain.  This is not something that I would wait until the last minute to take care of as you might not have enough time to sort out any issues at the last minute should you run into them.

15 Great Tips for Staying Healthy When Traveling

When I first started to travel a lot, staying healthy when traveling was something that I consistently struggled with.  I would work hard at home to lose a lot of weight, build up my endurance for hiking and walking while sight-seeing, and get into the habit of eating healthier.  However, as soon as I started traveling I would slide back into old habits and undo all of the hard work I had put in during the months leading up to my travel.

The Top 10 Tips for Eating Street Food and Not Getting Sick

I think Anthony Bourdain said it best when he said, “I’ve long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk.  Whether we’re talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime ‘associates,’ food, for me, has always been an adventure.”  When you think about it, he’s absolutely right.  If you don’t get out there and try different foods when you travel, then you are missing out on a big part of the adventure of traveling.  Instead of avoiding street food, you just need to be smart about which foods you eat.

The Top 10 Tips for Overcoming Jet Lag After Long Flights

If you have ever traveled across multiple time zones, you are probably well aware of the effects of jet lag and how it can put a damper on the start of your trip.  In a perfect world, we would land at our destination and be ready to hit the ground running.  In reality, sometimes our bodies just aren’t able to go along with that plan.  The end result is that may be spending time in your hotel room resting when you could be out exploring.