Fear of getting food poisoning during travel is very common among many. For some people the fear ‘infects’ many days earlier before they reach the destination. For some, the fear itself obstruct the way for long travel. What is diarrhea actually? To be honest, diarrhea is not a disease. It’s just part of your innate immune system as vomiting, coughing and sneezing. The function is just to eliminate and eradicate the pathogens from your bowel at initial stage of exposure, so that the pathogens do not invade you fast and deeper. If it happens, let it go, go , go an completely go. Do not use medication at initial stage. Drink water as much as possible to avoid dehydration. When you try to stop, the pathogens grow more and more.
However, understanding diarrhea fully can be the only way to manage the bowel well during long distance travel. The bad news is no travelers can escape from this. The good news is the bowel disturbance is very much avoidable completely if you can follow my way.
Accept the ecosystem/destination completely as it is.
This is an alternative way which prepare you psychologically before physiologically. Pretty ridiculous maybe, but sincerely wherever I go, I eat what that particular nature provides, what is available there without criticizing or rejecting. Really works on me. I believe critics and rejection are kind of challenges towards particular nature which may bring negative impact. “Do Not Challenge The Nature” that is my Manthra. Acceptance is a kind of positive approach. It boost your immune system in advance and eventually help you to prepare for the worst.
Consume ‘light food’ before or during long distance journey.
Avoiding meat is the best option if you want to travel without bowel problem. Meat and poultry foods are most vulnerable to bacterial contamination compare to any other food. Therefore, look for fruits such banana which is high in calorie and vitamins. Dried fruits such raisin, dates and prunes are good options as well where they are high in calorie too. The advantages are, fruits are cheap, no cooking needed and importantly keep your stool super soft.
Prepare your own food before your journey.
This going to be little harder way for some travelers but seriously this can help keep your bowel healthy along the road. If you are hostel dependent traveler, more easier. Majority hostel provides kitchen facility to cook, why not take little effort to cook/prepare some simple food such spaghetti, sandwiches or salads before you leave.
Normally, travelers don’t want chaos during their travel
Well behaving is the norm when visiting people’s home. Such behavior naturally expressed by all of us regardless of any religion, ethnicity and culture we are belongs to. This is truly because people’s home or country is not our comfort zone/territory and it is full of uncertainty. Anxiety in uncertainty gives positive impact here.
Travelers normally on ‘Self Searching’ mode
When someone is self searching mode, in another word they are on peace searching mode too. Self searching mode eventually trigger continuous learning process about anything. During travel, such learning get deepened and the true meaning of what they search revealed in front of their eyes. Not how they believe blindly what the media portray at homeland. So, they learn, they teach, they share and subsequently, they start to care other beings.
Become more adopt to any available options
Leaving the comfort zone is one of the biggest challenge any traveler faced. Especially solo traveler. Everything will be new. Options, situations, ways, people, language……. Survival in such situation easily push them to adopt anything available.
So, do you think all these positive behaviors and attitudes only get expressed mainly because they are out from their home/comfort zone? Maybe it is true for very small numbers of travelers but, it’s not true for all. Naturally, travelers are always take care the reputation of their country origin. Not to impress but to express their true identity, especially when they travel solo.
During my stay in Sunpath Hostel, Ulaanbaatar in 2015, I came to know Halima Barrie (below image). When I asked her where she is from she replied very differently, “I’m from this earth , wherever I go that is my home” OMG…….. what an embarrassing moment for my immature ice breaking question, with little smile, she continued “Why don’t you ask me how is my day instead, Suresh?…….. Why my geographical location is so important?, perhaps I’m belong to this mother earth where you belongs to my brother and interestingly I am a human being like you”………hahahahaa, I got burned really good this time.
World has no borders
Finally, I realized that what she meant was utterly true. The entire geographical regions of this earth truly belongs to the entire population of this earth as how the resources of this earth and peace belongs to all. Unfortunately nowadays, peace becoming more expensive and untouchable point for many.
Sincerely, meeting Halima completely changed my perceptions and the way I see this world. Since then I realized, traveling is not only to see the places and meet people, it should for peace promoting effort as well. It is every traveler’s responsibility too..