5 Healthcare Tips for Expats

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  1. Wherever you go, your med records should follow

One of the biggest challenges expats face is finding and maintaining high quality medical care. While Medihoo can help you find the right care it’s always a good idea to maintain an up-to-date copy of your medical records so new care providers have easy access to your medical history.  Your medical records should contain basic info like name, date of birth, insurance numbers and the names and locations of your general practitioners. Ask your doctor for your full medical history. It is possible he will charge you to produce these records and it will take time. So ask well in advance, preferably in writing.

  1. Check Medihoo.com before the emergency

The problem with finding good health care is that it always needs to happen when there’s a problem or emergency. To avoid stressful situations, it is best to know beforehand where the best medical professionals in the city you are relocating to can be found. The local embassy can help, but in a pinch medihoo.com can help you find good healthcare.

  1. Research local illnesses, diseases and health warnings.

Leishmaniasis? What? There are many obscure diseases in the world and while you shouldn’t visit webmd too much for fear of becoming a total hypochondriac, it is a good idea to do some research on the most prevalent health issues in the country you are relocating to. The US Center for Disease Control and Australia’s Smarttraveler site are good jumping off points for destination-specific information for people working and living overseas.

  1. Where are the band-aids?

Every home should have a well stocked First Aid kit. You can buy these anywhere, but we consider the family deluxe kit from Red Cross America to be the gold standard. Find the contents here. Make sure your first aid kit is up-to-date and that everyone in your household knows where it is and preferably how to use it.

  1. Take care of yourself

It’s cliché. But eating healthy and getting lots of exercise goes a long way. Combine that with an annual check-up and you should be good to go. When living abroad you should keep track of your health: make note of changes, schedule annual check-ups for you and your family well in advance and make sure you know where to go when problems arise. Medihoo.com is a totally free service to connect you with good health-care providers. Visit us and help us share good care!

We all wonder from time to time when traveling: How to tip in a foreign country…

All travelers have certainly been confronted with this topic at one time or another. We all want to be polite and act courteously. We all wonder from time to time, what tip should I give in a Restaurant / Bar ….

Well wonder no more, this infographic can guide you in at least some countries:

How to Tip in 24 Countries Around the World

Found on: Visualistan

Simply amazing…you wanna know what it’s like to walk on air?

Check this out…

Visiting China? Try out this new trail path in China’s Tianmen mountain park which is partially constructed with glass plates and offers a unique feeling of walking on air.

Here some numbers:

Glass: 2.5 Inch

Length: 200 feet (61 meters)

Hight: 4700 feet (1430 meters)

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views looking down the 200-foot path


visitors look out over the edge of the cliff known as ‘heavenly gate mountain’


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40 tourists no no’s

Traveling around the world regularly or just going on vacation somewhere. It is best to be aware of what to avoid doing and how to be respectful. It can keep you out of trouble. This nice infographic can help as guide for some countries. Enjoy reading…stay save:

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This list could make sure your holiday is a happy one when travelling abroad

Source: DailyMail

Bring color in your live by visiting one of these places…

There are so many colorful places on earth that can be visited. Here is a handful of them…

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LAVENDER FIELDS, FRANCE

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During the summer months the lavender fields enchant with a beautiful deep purple color.

Do you want to know which routes to follow? Check out this link: La Lavande au fil des routes


 PROCIDA, ITALY

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During springtime in Holland the tulips of all varieties blossen in many different colors and create a natural carpet of incredible beauty.


GREAT BARRIER REEF, AUSTRALIA

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Luoping County (Chinese: 罗平县; pinyin: Luópíng Xiàn) is located in Qujing Prefecture, Yunnan, China.

The county of Luoping in eastern Yunnan is noted for its beautiful scenery in spring, when its fields of canola (also known as rapeseed) flowers are in full bloom, surrounding the area’s mountains with a sea of golden flowers to spectacular effect.

Located near where Yunnan meets Guizhou and Guangxi, Luoping is about 240 kilometers east of Kunming. Not unlike the terraced fields of Yuanyang in southern Yunnan, Luoping’s canola fields attract many photographers.

Luoping’s golden beauty lasts until late June. (wikipedia)


VALLEY OF FLOWERS NATIONAL PARK, INDIA 

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Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located in West Himalaya, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear,[1] snow leopard,[1] musk deer, brown bear, red fox,[1] and blue sheep. Birds found in the park include Himalayan Monal Pheasant and other high altitude birds. At 3352 to 3658 meters above sea level, the gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east. Together, they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya. The park stretches over an expanse of 87.50 km² and it is about 8 km long and 2 km wide. Both parks are encompassed in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (223,674 ha) which is further surrounded by a buffer zone (5,148.57 km²). This Reserve is in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2004. (wikipedia)


SHIBAZAKURA HILL, JAPAN

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Shibazakura Hill, a beautiful spring sightseeing spot located in Hitsujiyama Park, overlooks the entire city area of Chichibu. About 400,000 moss phloxes are in full bloom from early in April to early in May on a hill that is approximately 17,600 square meters in size. Furthermore, approximately 1,000 cherry trees, including yoshino cherry, weeping cherry, and double-petal cherry trees, planted in the park, blossom out in April. The moss phloxes and cherry trees serve as colorful harbingers of spring in April. (Saitama)


LAKE NATRON, TANZANIA

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10 exiting places you perhaps didn’t know existed

Some hand made and natural marvels of the world. Perhaps to put on your “must-visit” list? Check them out…

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1. Semuc Champey, Guatemala

40 Wonders of the World - 01Semuc Champey is a natural monument in the department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, near the Q’eqchi’ Maya town of Lanquín. It consists of a natural 300 m limestone bridge, under which passes the Cahabón River. (Wikipedia)

2. Viñales Valley, Cuba

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The valley has an area of 132 km2 (51 sq mi) and is located in the Sierra de los Órganos mountains (part of Guaniguanico range), just north of Viñalesm in the Pinar del Río Province. (Wikipedia)

3. Mount Roraima, Venezuela

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Mount Roraima lies on the Guiana Shield in the southeastern corner of Venezuela’s 30,000-square-kilometre (12,000 sq mi) Canaima National Park forming the highest peak of Guyana’s Highland Range. The tabletop mountains of the park are considered some of the oldest geological formations on Earth, dating back to some two billion years ago in the Precambrian. (Wikipedia)

4. Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, France

40 Wonders of the World - 04April 1879. During one of his rounds, Ferdinand Cheval, rural postman, 43, stumbles against such an odd stone that it awakes a dream. Real self-taught, he devotes 33 years of his life to build a dream palace in his garden alone. His inspiration comes from nature, postcards and the very first illustrated magazines that he deals. (Palais Ideal)

5. Chapelle St-Michel d’Aiguilhe, France

40 Wonders of the World - 05Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe is a chapel in Aiguilhe, near Le Puy-en-Velay, France, built in 962 on a volcanic plug 85 metres (279 ft) high. The chapel is reached by 268 steps carved into the rock. It was built to celebrate the return from the pilgrimage of Saint James. (Wikipedia) – Website: Rocher St Michel

6. Ruins of Leptis Magna, Libya

40 Wonders of the World - 06Leptis Magna was a prominent city of the Roman Empire. Its ruins are located in Khoms, Libya, 130 km (81 mi) east of Tripoli, on the coast where the Wadi Lebda meets the sea. The site is one of the most spectacular and unspoiled Roman ruins in the Mediterranean. (Wikipedia)

7. The Archeological Site of Meroë, Sudan

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Meroë is an ancient city on the east bank of the Nile about 6 km north-east of the Kabushiya station near Shendi, Sudan, approximately 200 km north-east of Khartoum. Near the site are a group of villages called Bagrawiyah. This city was the capital of the Kingdom of Kush for several centuries. The Kushitic Kingdom of Meroë gave its name to the Island of Meroë, which was the modern region of Butana, a region bounded by the Nile (from the Atbarah River to Khartoum), the Atbarah and the Blue Nile. (Wikipedia)

8. Cuicul (Djémila), Algeria

40 Wonders of the World - 08In 1982, Cuicul (Djémila) became a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique adaptation of Roman architecture to a mountain environment. Significant buildings in ancient Cuicul include a theatre, two fora, temples, basilicas, arches, streets, and houses. The exceptionally well preserved ruins surround the forum of the Harsh, a large paved square with an entry marked by a majestic arch. (Wikipedia)

9. Lauca World Biosphere Reserve

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Lauca is a Biosphere Reserve, located in northern Chile, in Arica y Parinacota Region. The reserve comprises three protected areas: Lauca National Park, Las Vicuñas National Reserve and Salar de Surire Natural Monument. This zone was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1981. (Wikipedia)

10. Maelifell, Iceland

40 Wonders of the World - 10Mt. Mælifell (Measure-hill)  is located in southern Iceland and is about 800 meters tall,  it is reachable only by a four-wheeled vehicle and is on the southern Fjallabak road next to the glacier Mýrdalsjökull, the road is usually wet and sometimes even completely flooded. (Amazing Places)


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You know the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan? Have a look at these everyday-life-pictures

The stunning photos offer a glimpse of Bhutan that many will never see – a country where success is measured by happiness instead of GDP – and its gross national happiness (GNH) takes precedent over material wealth and riches.

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Young Buddhist monks gather in front of the King's Palace in the capital city, Thimpu, in this photo, taken by His Majesty the King of Bhutan

Tibetan prayer flags overlooking Himalayan Mountains. In Bhutan, prayer flags are hoisted for happiness, long life, prosperity, luck and to offer karmic merit to all sentient beings. When someone dies, prayer flags are believed to guide the soul of the dead away from the netherworld

The pink lotus is  generally reserved for the highest deity, sometimes confused with the white lotus it is the lotus of the historical Buddha

Traditional Bhutanese painting in progress. In Bhutan, success is measured by happiness - and its gross national happiness (GNH) takes precedent over material wealth and riches.

The magnificent King’s Palace - or Dechencholing Palace - in Thimpu, which was built in 1953

Guards on duty at Tashichhodzong, Thimphu. The country is known for its natural scenic and cultural highlights and its welcoming people

The 170-foot Buddha Dordenma Statue, one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world, overlooking the  Thimphu Valley

Walking Buddha looks out over Centenary Park, Thimphu. The country has always drawntravellers thanks to its majestic Himalayan scenery

A Bhutanese boy sits alone as the country prepares for its first International festival, a ten-day celebration coinciding to the King's birthday

The impressive Buddha Dordenma Statue in silhouette. The ten-day celebration of arts and culture begins on February 14

A lone man washes among traditional wooden boats in Thimphu. The festival will coincide with the 5th King’s 35th birthday celebration and Losar, the Buddhist New Year

Prayer flags are raised outside homes, hung on bridges, hilltops, and places of spiritual importance

A Buddhist monk holds a red lotus flower, symbolising the original nature of the heart (hrdaya). It is the lotus of love and compassion

An elderly man snoozes on a traditional wooden boat. Until recently, Bhutan has been isolated due to geographical location, allowing it to retain its unique culture and heritage


Source: MailOnline