Try popping 1,000 milligrams of dried gingerroot (available in health food stores) before setting sail and, if necessary, again four hours later, says Robert Stern, PhD, who has studied the physiological bases for motion sickness.
Before you depart, ask your doctor to prescribe the antibiotic rifaximin, which you can take daily during your trip to prevent an infection.
Infestations have increased by 71 percent since 2001. Before you unpack, inspect the mattress (remove all bedding, including the mattress pad) and the wall near the headboard. If you see tiny blood spots or brown insects that are less than a quarter-inch long, find another room (or hotel).
Regardless of where you go, here's why vacations are good for your health
This research bears out a theory known as the hierarchy of needs, developed in the 1940s by psychologist Abraham Maslow. According to Maslow, once human beings have satisfied the basic necessities (food, water, sleep, and shelter), we seek to fulfill more complicated social needs, such as feeling connected to others. "Experiences are more likely than possessions to satisfy in this regard," Howell says.
Consider, too, that we don't judge our memories against other people's as we do our material objects. "If I went to Boston this spring and you went to San Francisco, we'd talk about our trips, but we wouldn't subconsciously be comparing," Howell says. Plus, "we don't get sick of happy memories like we do last year's cell phone model."
So you're all set for that exotic trip. But first things first: do you need a shot?
|China||Central America||India||South Africa||South America||Southeast Asia|
What to pack for a 12-day vacation