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How to prepare for — and deal with — getting sick while traveling

An ambulance drives through the streets of Tokyo.
Nobody plans to ride in a Tokyo ambulance. But you can be prepared, should the need arise.

Editor's note: This segment was originally broadcast on May 29, 2014.

Sometimes, people get sick while they're away from home. KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley certainly has seen that in his decades leading group tours around the world. "I've been probably in 20 different hospitals in 20 different countries in the last 20 years," he said.

Well, this time, Brumley is recuperating in the comfort of his home here in Western Washington. He wanted to have a new episode of Going Places for your ears this week, but a nasty battle with cold and flu season stood in his way.

So, this week, we thought we'd share this encore segment from 2014. It's topical for one of us, and hopefully useful to all of you, as well. Listen to the audio above for his advice.


"Going Places" is 88.5's weekly exploration of travel. Our travel expert, Matthew Brumley, is co-founder of Earthbound Expeditions on Bainbridge Island, which provides small group travel to clients including KNKX. Never miss an episode again. Subscribe to Going Places with iTunes Google Play or Stitcher.

Ed Ronco came to KNKX in October 2013 as producer and reporter for KNKX’s Morning Edition. Ed started in public radio in 2009 at KCAW in Sitka, Alaska, where he covered everything from city government, to education, crime, science, the arts and more. Prior to public radio, Ed worked in newspapers, including four years at the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, where he covered business, then politics and government.
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