19 Diseases You Can Get While Traveling


While Chikungunya may look like a fun word, it’s not fun to contract. The mosquito-borne disease (you’re starting to hate those darn things even more, aren’t you?) causes joint pain, fever, muscle aches, headaches, and rash. Once again, there’s nothing to prevent Chikungunya other than taking precaution against mosquito bites.

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Lowered inhibitions from vacation plus booze tends to lead to behavior even more reckless than a frat party. As we learned from health class, nothing can prevent an STD other than abstinence or a condom. So, if you’re going to hump, wrap it up!

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Legionnaires’ Disease

It’s pneumonia, but worse. As if the other diseases on this list haven’t scared you enough, you can catch this one from stale air circulated by building air conditioners, swimming pools, and hot tubs. For prevention, avoid any place dirty.

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Culture Palate: Dishes from Ukraine

Typically, Ukrainian dishes are hearty, filling, and made with a variety of cooking techniques. In one dish, it’s not uncommon for cooks to have to boil or fry multiple ingredients before they’re finished together in the oven or in a bubbling stew. If you’re visiting Ukraine, make sure to check out some of these dishes. If you get a chance to taste them in their ideal form, you can easily recreate them at home.

14 Ways to Screw Up an International Trip

There are countless things that could go wrong on an international trip, and many of them are out of your control. However, there’s possibly an equal number of ways to screw up your trip, and unfortunately no one to blame but yourself.

Love Holidays from Around the World

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it’s tempting to rail against the North American traditions that lead us to stress about dinner reservations and spend all our money on chocolates every February 14th. However, we’re not the only ones with elaborate holidays that celebrate love.