What Are The Risks of Travelling With High Blood Pressure?

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High blood pressure is an extremely common health issue, with 75 million people now being treated for the condition according to the American Heart Association. With this level of prevalence, it’s natural that it’s something many travellers need to take in to consideration when planning their vacation.

If your high blood pressure is under control and being properly medicated then the relative risks are fairly small. However, as will any chronic health condition it’s important to be aware of the risks and take a few precautions to ensure your health isn’t at risk.

For example, hypertension symptoms may be worsened at higher altitudes. Even those with no history of high blood pressure can experience temporary symptoms of hypertension when at high altitude. This is commonly caused by increased levels of adrenaline and other stress hormones in your body as a result of slightly lower oxygen levels.

The majority of people being treated for high blood pressure should be completely fine on flights, and shouldn’t need to alter their medication at all. If you’re spending an extended length of time at a higher altitude as part of your vacation you should check with your doctor before your trip to see if you’re at risk.

High Blood Pressure Travel insurance

If you are travelling with high blood pressure and your situation is managed though medication, it might be easy to forget that you need to state it as a pre-existing condition when purchasing travel insurance. Failure to do so could result in any claim you make being denied, so take this in to consideration.

Your insurance company will likely check your medical history to assess your risk, and it may result in a slight increase in the cost of your insurance policy. While this can be an inconvenience, it will be a whole lot worse if you end up liable for your medical bills if you fall ill.

Visit with your Physician Prior to Travel

Visit your doctor before you book your vacation to get a quick check up and some guidance if you are at all undecided about whether your vacation might affect your health. Your doctor is the best individual to determine your risks and can advise you on any changes to your medication. You shouldn’t travel against your physician’s assistance.

Treatment

For those who have started being treated for high blood pressure in the last three months, your doctor might advise you to not travel. In the early days of treatment your dosage may need to be changed to ensure it’s working as intended. Placing additional stress on the body prior to having your blood pressure under control can be an unnecessary risk.

It could be worthwhile investing in a blood-pressure monitor. If you’re thinking about travelling for an extended period of time, bringing a monitor to keep an eye on your levels is probably a good idea.

Adventurous Activities

If you’re going on a more active holiday rather than sitting on the beach for two weeks, there are a few additional factors to consider. For example, because of change in pressure, diving could be harmful for your health if you suffer from blood pressure. Any ambitious activities that create immediate changes in pressure or altitude (such as paragliding or parachuting) could be harmful for people with high blood pressure.

If you are unsure how your high blood pressure may affect your ability to travel and participate in adventurous activities, check with your doctor. They’ll be able to advise what is appropriate for your condition and can recommend the best ways of mitigating any risks involved.

Beautiful beaches to visit in Croatia this summer

Zlatni Rat is among the most beautiful beaches to visit in Croatia

Want to enjoy Europe at its best this summer? Beach lovers have been talking up Croatia of late, as there are plenty of attractive white pebble and sand beaches up and down its coast.

In this post, we’ll discuss the trendiest beaches in this increasingly popular nation. Before booking your ticket overseas, though, make sure you have a sturdy pair of sunglasses.

Not only do the white sand/stones along Croatia’s coast reflect light easily, UV rays can erode your sight over time just like it does to your skin.

Buy a pair from SmartBuyGlasses.ca and you’ll shield your eyes from undue harm while you have the time of your life at the following beaches:

1) Zlatni Rat

A spit of white pebbles and sand jutting out into the Adriatic, Zlatni Rat is a hot destination for locals and travelers alike.

Located on the island of Brac, sunbathers on this beach are spoiled with amazing views not only of crystal clear waters, but of mountains, Roman ruins, and fragrant pine forests.

Naturalists will want to head to the far western side of the beach, as this area is set aside for those who wish to bare all.

The water is quite nice to swim in but resist the temptation to swim straight out from the tip of the peninsula, as ocean currents out there are rather strong.

2) Brela Beach

Want to visit a beach worthy of being a picture postcard? Spend your Croatian holiday at Brela Beach.

Located on the Makarska Riviera, this peaceful town is home to one that stretches 3 ½ kilometres.

With breathtaking rock formations, towering mountains just a short distance inland, and some of the clearest water in the world, your biggest struggle will be leaving to catch your return flight.

3) Baska Beach

Want a beach destination with scenic beauty, but with plenty of services at hand? Make for Baska Beach on Krk island, as it is situated within the town that gives it its name.

Along its length, you’ll find restaurants, bars, and other stores selling the essentials needed to have a fun day at the beach.

Hotels and holiday apartments allow easy walk-out access to the seashore, so you won’t ever be far from your accommodation should you want to come and back and rest during the day.

Want to try your hand at taming the waves of the Adriatic? Rent a surfboard from one of the vendors on the beach, and have fun trying to balance on its steady, predictable waves.

4) Banje Beach

Think Dubrovnik is all about history and culture? Fortunately for lovers of sun, sand, and surf, Banje Beach provides a place for visitors to enjoy the excellent weather that this part of Croatia enjoys throughout its long summer.

Situated within sight of the old city walls, you’ll have an amazing backdrop to your afternoon spent baking in the sun and/or playing in the water.

While there are sun loungers available for rent, there is no restriction to those who simply want to plunk down a towel, so feel free to show up irrespective of your budget.

This is a beach filled with plenty of stylish sunbathers, so don’t look out of place: check out this gift guide and get a pair of fashionable sunglasses before heading to Croatia.

 

Photo courtesy CC user Karel Hrdina on Wikimedia Commons

Relax at these amazing Canadian beaches this summer

Grand Beach is one of many amazing Canadian beaches

Canada is known for many things: soaring mountains, maple syrup, and long winters, to name a few. Beaches don’t enter the conversation, though, as short summers make it difficult to market them to anyone but local residents.

Know that Canada is home to many unappreciated stretches of sand, any of which can become a highlight of your trip to the Great White North. Below, we’ll list a few of our favorites…

1) Jericho Beach

The west coast of Canada is not known for warm water, but there are a number of beaches in British Columbia that still manage to attract a crowd come summer time.

In the greater Vancouver area, Jericho Beach is a social hub that young people plan their days around when the weather is perfect.

Start your day with lunch at the Galley Pub & Grill patio (try the nachos), all as you watch sailing students learn how to pilot their teaching vessels.

Spend the rest of day throwing the frisbee around and soaking up the sun. If you dare, take a refreshing dip in Howe Sound.

If you want to cool off in waters that are less chilly, though, there is a public swimming pool in the adjacent park that can be easily accessed.

Catch a rainy day? You never have to wait long for the sun on the west coast in the summer months, so if this happens to you, just push your plans off into the next day.

In the meantime, fire up your tablet and chase the best casino bonuses on the internet, as there is nothing like a good game of blackjack to make an inclement weather day fly by.

2) Grand Beach

Plan on driving from coast to coast as a way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday? If you are worn out by the time you hit Manitoba, turn north at Winnipeg until you reach Grand Beach.

A relaxing getaway for generations, this three kilometre stretch of white sand will allow you to chill out for an afternoon, all while giving you a chance to meet locals in a part of Canada that few tourists ever see.

A blue flag designation with surprisingly warm mid-summer water temperatures, Grand Beach is an excellent place for a beach day on your Canadian adventures this summer.

3) Wasaga Beach

Love Toronto, but getting slaughtered by mid-summer heat and humidity? Head north to Wasaga Beach.

Sprawling 14 kilometres along the shore of Lake Huron, this off-white sand beauty is the world’s longest freshwater beach.

While it is a popular destination for residents from the GTA and Barrie on weekends, it becomes the closest thing to a paradise beach that can be found in Canada on weekdays.

If you have to go on a weekend, know that it is easy to escape the crowds at any time, as its monstrous length means that you only need to go for a bit of a walk to find peace and quiet.

4) Parlee Beach

Warm water fans will find the best swimming in Canada in the Maritimes. While the Atlantic is rather frigid, the shallow waters of the Northumberland Strait warm up quickly under the strong rays of the summer sun.

With the first 30-degree days of the season arriving by the end of May, ocean temperatures can get up to 26 degrees Celsius by August.

While there are many local favorites in the region, Parlee Beach is by far the most popular. Located east of Moncton, New Brunswick, this beach is renowned as a summer holiday destination.

In addition to typical beach town activities that go on throughout the summer, this town has hosted numerous concert events in the past as well. If you are looking for a Canadian beach destination with a palpable party vibe, Parlee might be the right place for you.

 

Photo courtesy CC user boblinsdell on Flickr

Don’t miss these highlights on your Florida holiday

Panama City Beach should be one of the highlights on your Florida holiday

Photo by CC user 11018968@N00 on Flickr

Ready to reward yourself after enduring the gloom of a winter in Britain? There’s no better way to inject energy back into your life then to spend a few weeks in the Sunshine State.

One of the most popular tourist destinations in America, Florida offers everything from dream beaches to some of the best theme parks in the world.

If you are looking to visit some of the best American attractions, spending your entire holiday in the state of Florida will enable you to visit a decent chunk of them.

Below, we’ll share our favorite spots to hit, from north to south.

1) Spend time on Panama City Beach

Well-loved by college kids during March Break, Panama City Beach is significantly quieter during the rest of the year, making it a great place for families looking to enjoy a seaside holiday along the picture-perfect shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

Its powder white sand stretches on for miles, making it easy to find a spot where you can enjoy this destination with your friends and family without being disturbed by others.

After a day spent soaking up the bright sunshine, return to its robust commercial centre, where there are plenty of amazing restaurants and bars where portion sizes will ensure that everyone goes away from their establishments full and tipsy.

2) Visit all the theme parks in Orlando

If you are travelling as a family or if you are young at heart, you can’t come to Florida and not call on Orlando.

The biggest dog on the block is Walt Disney World, as it consists of several different parks where you can meet Mickey and the gang, learn about how they create their films, and enjoy some of the most innovative rides in the industry.

There are many other parks worth visiting other than WDW, though, as its chief rival Universal Studios offers many of the same attractions related to its media properties (the Simpsons, Snoopy, etc).

Additionally, SeaWorld offers visitors the chance to learn about Florida’s aquatic species, and Wet n’ Wild will give you the chance to cool off if the Central Floridan heat has begun to get to you.

3) Enjoy the best of what Miami has to offer

Heading further south, Miami is Florida’s largest and most exciting city. Known unofficially as the business capital of Latin America, there is plenty of affluence and cultural diversity to go along with its flawless white sand beaches for which it has become rightly famous for over the years.

While many visitors spend the bulk of their time on the barrier island where Miami Beach sits, take care to not neglect the city proper.

There are many worthwhile points of interest, from the Perez Art Museum to the flavor that neighborhoods like Little Havana and Little Haiti have.