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How To Deal With Sickness You Get After Travelling

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How To Deal With Sickness You Get After Travelling

Many travelers return from their trip with unwanted souvenir such as flu, cough, fever, cold, stomach bug, etc. They feel fin during the trip itself but when they are at home, they start feeling uneasy with their body. If you are also experiencing this, you are not alone. Wiping down your tray during flight, washing your hands before eating, and eating safe foods in safe diners, etc are part of precaution you can take to keep your health in check during travel. However, it is still possible for you to get sick after the travel instead. 

Deal with sickness after travel

There are various reasons why you get sick after the trip not during. It may be because you are already in contact with bacteria or viruses during the trip but the symptoms take time to appear. You end up getting sick when you are at home instead. Or, it can be because your body is suffered from jet lag, travel fatigue, stress, and the need to readjusting to your normal life. 

Time to adjust

What you can do to deal with sickness after travelling is give yourself time to readjust. Always practice good hygiene such as washing your hands with soap and water before eating or touching your face. Try to reduce your stress level by doing relaxing things such as having a good night’s sleep, take a nap, eat something good and healthy, and take proper rest in general. Your sickness will likely disappear in few days and you will get better. 

Know when to seek medical help

Deal with sickness after travel

However, it is also important to read the warning signs so you know when to seek for medical help if you get sick after travel. If you have fever after visiting a country with malaria, you have to see a doctor immediately. Even if the fever comes a week or two after your visit, you still have to see your doctor. Even if you took antimalarial medicine prior your visit, you still have potential to develop malaria. It mostly develops within 30 days. In fact, it can lie dormant for a year or even longer. 

Any skin problem? 

If your fever is followed by skin problems, it may be an indication of more serious illness. Skin problem that appear after a travel is not seen as sign of serious problems. However, it becomes serious when it is paired with fever. Skin problems you may experience after travel include boils, rashes, bug bites, or fungal infections. Always tell your doctor about any travel you did. Doctor may follow through with other questions such as food you ate during the trip, bug bites, your stay, and the duration of your travel. 

Diarrhoea 

Diarrhoea is also common sickness experienced by travelers during or after travel. You may experience it because your body still readjust to your usual diet after eating foreign foods during the trip. However, you need to see a doctor if you experience persistent diarrhea that last for two weeks or more. It is usually caused by parasite and it can put you in danger if you don’t get immediate treatment. 

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Komodo Island Photography Tips for Spectacular Shoot

Posted by Marcko Dastro on
Camera Photography Tips for Spectacular Shoot in Komodo Island
Image credit: William Burrard-Lucas/ Source from: blog.burrard-lucas.com

When you plan to go to one of the remotest tropical island to meet one of the prehistoric animals that’s been roaming around since 900,000 years ago, you don’t want to go empty-handed. You will want to go with the best camera for wildlife photography. Not only that, you will also want to come prepared with supporting equipments and technique to get the best photos of the beasts. The Komodo Island is just like real-life Jurassic Park and getting awesome photos of its residence could be a a bit challenging. Especially when these 3m long gigantic lizard is ready to maul you for its lunch. Here are some tips for getting impressive photograph of the Komodo Dragons without losing a limb that that we have gathered from professional photographers across the internet. 

Mounting Camera on A Low Two Wheelers in Komodo Island

Mounting Camera on A Low Two Wheelers in Komodo Island
Image credit: William Burrard-Lucas/ Source from: blog.burrard-lucas.com

William Burrard-Lucas, a UK photographer founded a genius design of what he dubbed as “KomodoCam”. It consist of a camera mounted on top of two wheelers and a long monopod to push it around. Not only that this give him more room to work with when approaching the dragons, it also give him better angle for close-up dragon shoot. Just to remind you, every tourists should maintain safe distance from the Komodo Dragons. This opportunistic predator can move very quick and snatch you with their strong limbs in a matter of second. Billiard-Lucas noted that it’s not very safe to use the KomodoCam in Komodo-crowded area and you should wait until you find a solitary dragon in a nice clearing. The low positioning of the camera give it an eye-level view with the dragons which breathe life into the photos!

Lens to Bring

Lens to Bring by Fergus Kennedy
Image source from: canon-europe.com

Wide lens is basically a staple for landscape photography and you’ll definitely need it to capture the mesmerising beauty of Padar, Pink Beach, and many more. Zoom lens will be your best friend for capturing the dragons. A commercial photographer Fergus Kennedy relied on Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM zoom lens during his trip to Komodo Island. The 100-400mm lens to create close shoot of the dragon from a safe distance. 

Image Stabilisation

It’s important to bring a camera with good image stabilisation for wildlife photography. Especially when you are hunting for shoots in shady forest like the one in Komodo Island. In areas with less sunlight, you gonna need low shutter speed settings—but image can be pretty shaky. This is where camera with built in image stabiliser come into help.

Arrange the Komodo Island Trip in the Morning

Like most reptiles, these dragons love to sunbathe in the morning to absorb all the warmth of the sun. Being cold-blooded monster (literally), they need sun light to warm up their body. However, they need to retreat back to the shade once the sun gets too hot later in the day to avoid overheat. That’s why it’s best to prioritise your Komodo Island trip early in the morning when the dragons are out in the open. Many tourists complain that they cannot find the dragons or that most of them lounge lazily in the shade of ranger’s kitchen (not aesthetic for taking pictures), but the truth is that’s just how reptile works.  

More Komodo and Travelling Stories:

Komodo Liveaboard: A Journey of Fantastic Animals and Where to Find Them

The Wild and Wondrous, Over the Top Komodo Tours

Get Creative with Angles

Get Creative with Angles
Image source from: canon-europe.com

Just like photographing wild lions and big cats in the savannah, you have to be extra brave and awfully careful. You might need to lie flat in your belly on the ground to get the perfect low angle shot. This will give you a chance to captivate the true size of the dragon in your photograph, but it would also put you in an easy position to be the dragon’s snack. Be careful and always have a ranger by your side. Another tips: try to tell a story of the Komodo dragon to avoid boring photograph. Explore the forest of Komodo Island deeper to find the dragons hanging in the wild; climbing a bark of a tree, passing a water pool, or surrounded by leaves. 

If you are unlucky enough to meet Komodo dragons in the forests and have to settle with those pack of dragons that placidly lounge around the ranger station, get creative. Instead of trying to take impressive individual shoot, try to capture close interactions between the dragons. Put your focus in their head and bodies and try to not show much of the stale background.