When you fall sick overseas the situation becomes a whole new ball game compared to when you’re at home. It can quickly turn from inconvenient to frightening depending on your location, illness and facilities near by. From my experience in India “one does not simply find a doctor.” Although there seems to be practices sprawled on every street making claims of health and healing, it can be hard to find one that is of a reasonable standard.

Read about my experience being admitted to an Indian Hospital Here where I also explain about my experience visiting an Indian Doctor.


First things first..

Travel Insurance

Although tedious and boring and even considered as just another cost from your pocket, this is the most important thing you need to consider before you travel. Like…the most important thing you may ever do in your life. Make sure you find a reliable policy, research, know what you are and are not covered for. Your policy provider should be able to be contacted 24 hours a day. If you become sick or injured overseas without travel insurance the consequences can be life threatening or could put you in a position where you may be paying off a big medical bill for a long time. (This is absolutely not to scare you, this is to express the absolute importance of Insurance).

Find a doctor

Depending on the kind of care you need or if you’re in an emergency situation either find a local doctor or go to the nearest hospital to be treated. Keep your receipts for insurance purposes. You can contact your nearest embassy to find out information on near by medical facilities. or reach out to local expats who have insider knowledge on the best doctor to visit. For a list of english speaking foreign doctors I recommend searching the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers website.

Bring your mediation

If there are any medications you normally require at home (Asthma, Allergies, Anxiety, Diabetes, High or low blood pressure…ANYTHING) ensure you have enough stock for your entire trip and keep a letter from your doctor outlining the condition incase you need to visit a doctor in regards to this. Keep a list of names of medication including generic names signed off from your doctor to ensure you are given the exact medication you need if your run out or loose your supply. If you have any allergies, again ensure you have a note from your doctor incase you need treatment. For example if you have an allergy to penicillin, this can be a difficult thing to explain to a doctor who doesn’t speak english.

You need to rest

I know you’re on holiday, I know there is a big wide world out there just waiting for you to explore but this is the time that you need to recover so you can get back out there sooner rather than later. You also want to avoid your situation becoming worse. Jump online and tease yourself with some research. Find yourself a nice restaurant to treat yourself to when you’re better. Find local attractions, plan an amazing itinerary for when you’re recovered. If all else fails there is Youtube and Netflix to enjoy. Just take it easy.

Try some natural remedies

Keep up your fluids, water is the best but also think herbal teas (yum) Green tea, lemon, ginger, camomile. Not only are they delicious they will help see you back to health sooner as the different varieties provide anti oxidants and promote restful sleet which is exactly the medicine you’re after. Eat all the fruits, drink all the fresh juices. Take a huge vitamin hit to give you’re immune system a boost. Just think of all the good going in to eliminate the bad.

Stay Positive

Negativity is a trap and if you allow this to get the better of you it will take you down and my friend I 100% guarantee you will feel more sick than you are if you allow yourself to wallow in it. Take this time to catch up on some emails, write some heart felt post cards, Facebook stalk, Instagram rampage, write in your journal or find something productive to do with your time from your bed. Take your mind off your sickness. Embrace the free time you have, as a traveller it is hard to come by.




Love Kimberley

Over to you, what are your experiences falling ill over seas and what did you do in that situation?

Read how travel will change your perspective here
Read my stratagies for restful sleep wilst travelling here
Read about why I think we are the luckiest travellers in history here

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