Cough! Sniffle! Sneeze! How to Stay Healthy on the Road.

how to stay healthy while travelingHow can you stay healthy while traveling? You might think it’s impossible if you read the news. This time last year the headlines were screaming “Ebola!” An epidemic was ravaging West Africa, infected patients were appearing in U.S. hospitals, and lawmakers considered implementing travel bans.

The outbreak that killed thousands is now contained, according to recent reports from the World Health Organisation, but epidemics like this make travelers consider staying home because, in the skies and on the road, you’re destined to come in contact with stuff that will make you sick.

By taking the right precautions, you can stay healthy and happy on your next vacation. Here’s how a number of road warriors stay healthy while traveling. Continue reading

Oh No! Oh No! I Can’t Drive in the Snow! Or Can I?

The road trip is a beloved American phenomenon and something Europeans simply don’t understand. They muse, “Why, for the love of God, would you want to drive yourself around when you can hop on a high-speed train?” And they’re right. I’d never wedge my family, the dog and suitcases into a Citroën and then negotiate a stick shift. Continue reading

And a Zombie Shall Guide Us

Approach the corner. Open the map. Consult street signs. Look east. Look west. Stride confidently 3 blocks north. Meekly retreat 2 blocks south.

Arrival in a new place =  discombobulation. In big cities I orient myself by taking a hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Colorful double-decker buses cruise around town. The almost-always friendly tour guides offer information about the sights and you can hop off and hop on (clever) to your heart’s content for one, low daily price.  It’s a can’t-miss travel bargain.

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Kud-ZUUU!! Gesundheit.

Doomsday preppers have readied themselves for many end-of-days scenarios:  zombie apocalypse, alien apocalypse, viral apocalypse.  A recent trip to Georgia revealed the true danger lurking in our midst and led me to wonder how many survivalists have set aside a cache of vegetation killer?

Kudzu-covering-sign

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