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How to Travel Around Illness and Recovery

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Traveling can be incredibly difficult if you are physically or mentally unfit to travel. However, if you are approaching the end of your treatment, or are planning a vacation to celebrate your return to health, you may wish to plan the journey around your own personal needs. After all, touring the globe can be incredibly tiring for those in physical health, let alone those with healthcare demands. If you’re looking at creating a trip of a lifetime, then there are a few things to consider.

Only go when you’re ready

If you’re considering the trip of a lifetime, but categorically do not feel well enough either in body or mind to go, then do not book your flights just yet. Ensuring that you have recovered enough to travel is not only vital for your personal health, but also a preventative measure. Traveling when you’re not quite ready could make your condition worse, and could be hugely discouraging if you end up not quite enjoying the trip.
If you’re considering it, then traveling to a recovery clinic could be a way of getting out of your state and to a new place to help create a sense of a new start. Finding a clinic at could help you to seek the recovery treatment you need.

Take it easy

Remember that you are traveling to see a new part of the world, not to necessarily live indulgently. Therefore you should consider avoiding activities that take up a huge amount of energy and only drinking and eating foods that are easy on your stomach. Taking it easy doesn’t mean staying in your hotel room, or limiting yourself entirely; it just means that you take activities at your own pace, and pay close attention to what you are capable of in this exact moment.

Plan ahead

If you’re concerned about your mental and physical state before you travel, then one of the most reassuring tasks you can set yourself is to plan ahead. You can do this by:
  • Getting travel insurance. This is wise to do regardless of long-standing conditions, as some countries have both national and privatized healthcare services that you may need to make use of.
  • Packing an emergency kit. If you have medicines or any other device that is needed for self-care, then be sure to pack it into an emergency kit. If you’re unsure about whether you can travel with it or not, just contact your doctor, or indeed the airline to find out what precautions need to be taken.
  • Plan in advance. If you are anxious about reaching the other side, plan out the worst-case scenario. If the worst were to happen, what could be done? How would you do this? Who can you call? Writing down this system will help alleviate fears before traveling and ensure that you are prepared.

Traveling after a long-term recovery or illness can be hugely rewarding. The freedom to see the world should be embraced if possible; remember, however, to ensure that you are fit to travel and that all precautions have been taken.


  1. We don't travel often, because we have young children. However, my husband and I always talk about traveling more before we are too old. We would love to go to Europe. I am originally from Canada, and would love to take my family there to visit some day. I think travel insurance is such a good idea.

  2. These are great tips! My Dad is elderly. We lost my Mom. I want to take him and not leave him at home


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