Make no bones about it: planning a vacation can be a lot of work. You’ve got to arrange for time off from work, coordinate schedules with family members or friends, book flights and hotels, and live your normal life in the meantime. So budgeting time for a trip to the physician’s probably isn’t high on your travel checklist just before you’re about to embark for your destination. However, it’s a vital that you don’t overlook this critical step before you head out on vacation. Indeed, here are four important reasons why you should schedule a doctor’s appointment before saying bon voyage:
You Need a Physical Every Year
It’s unfortunate when you consider the numbers, but more and more people aren’t going to the doctor’s as often as they should. And men are especially susceptible to skipping this essential practice to maintaining good health. However, since most people vacation at least once a year, planning for a physical before each trip can be a great way to remind yourself to go to the doctor’s.
Excited to see Italy in springtime? Or how about a road trip through the great western prairies of the United States? Well, even if you’ve been allergy-free your whole life, you can still develop nasal allergies later, which could turn your perfect primavera into a stuffy-nosed nightmare. So consult your doctor to check and see if you’re at risk to experiencing allergies in a new environment. This is especially true if you plan on trying exotic foods on your next holiday.
Put Your Mind at Ease
Your health is too important to neglect; and if you want to ensure your own peace of mind and nip any potential problems in the bud, then you should see a doctor before every trip. The sight of stethoscopes and micro collection tubes should relax you because you’ll know you’re doing everything in your power to prepare for a potentially arduous trip.
Avoid the Post-Holiday Headache
Have you ever felt sick, drained, or just wholly ineffective after a long trip? It might be psychological, or you may well have picked up a bug on your travels. Fortunately, going to the doctor’s beforehand can prepare you for how to deal with the after-vacation malaise. And they may even be able to advise you on healthy habits to maintain while visiting a new place –– so that you come back from your vacation bouncing rather than dragging your feet.