This happened to me. I was in Phuket, Thailand. On my honeymoon! I started feeling sick on a boat tour around the islands. Since I usually get sea sick, pretty much immediately, on any boat I get on I thought nothing of it. But it kept getting worse and worse. Finally, I could barely stay awake for a couple minutes at a time. I tried to ignore it (bad idea). I tried to push through the tour (worse idea). And then I tried to tell my husband I was fine.
After the tour, we got back to the hotel and I slept for 14 hours straight. Waking up only to puke. I still kept telling Matt I was fine. Thankfully, he said enough was enough. He dragged me out of bed to find a doctor. When I finally got to a hospital, I was severely dehydrated and almost had to stay overnight.
Don't be like me. If you start feeling sick, get yourself help. I shudder to think what could have happened if I was traveling alone. I am notoriously stubborn. I probably would have stayed in bed at least another day before getting help. It turns out I got the flu while I was in Phuket. It wasn't fun and I had to take a weeks worth of medicine to get over it.
Before You Leave...
- Check with your insurance plan to see if you are covered abroad
- If you aren't, get insurance!
- Medicine you take daily should be kept in original containers
- If you start to fell ill ask reception, host, front desk, anyone if there is a walk in clinic nearby
- Check the Global Travel Clinic Directory for a doctor nearby that speaks your language
- If you are traveling alone let someone in the hotel know you are ill and need to be checked on
- Contact your embassy if illness worsens
- Don't wait and see how you feel, especially if traveling during flu season
- Schedule a check up with your primary care physician
- Keep your primary care doctor in the loop about what happened abroad
- Let them know of any prescription pills you may have taken to combat the illness