This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Nathan “Wez” Brown from Wez Wanders shares his travel misadventure about getting sick on the road.
Tell me a little about yourself and your current trip.
I do a bit of photography, preferably landscape photography – that was the initial inspiration for my first solo trip overseas. Since then I have fallen in love with travel and I run a travel blog that showcases some of the photos I have taken either locally, or during my travels.
Currently I’m not on a trip, as I’m part time photographer/traveller, but I’m already planning another trip, later this year.
Describe your travel style.
Hmmm, that’s very tricky for me. I’m a fairly adaptable person, so I think I have different travel styles for different situations. When I’m travelling solo, I’m more the ‘backpack, stay in hostels, do everything myself’ kind of traveller. When I travelled with a friend recently it was a different style because I was with another person, and from there we joined a group tour, which again was different.
So I guess I can do a few different styles, but I prefer to spend less on hotels and other things, so I can spend more time travelling and splurging when I find something I really want to spend money on.
What’s been your best/worst travel misadventure? Tell me about where you were, who you were with, and what happened.
I have been very lucky in my travels so far, which is good. But on my recent trip through Cambodia and Vietnam, I got really sick. It’s a somewhat big deal for me, because I pretty much never get sick. I never really found out what was wrong with me, because I didn’t go to a doctor while I was over there, but I think my wisdom teeth were coming through, and that caused me to develop tonsillitis. Not a very fun thing while being on a group tour through developing countries.
What were the negative or positive outcomes of your misadventure?
I guess the biggest negative outcome of this was that I always wanted to sleep. Whenever we got onto any form of transport I fell asleep almost instantly because I wasn’t sleeping well at night. I missed out on a lot of watching the countryside pass by while travelling because of this.
Also, because my camera bag is heavy, and I didn’t have much energy, there were times I didn’t take my camera with me to some places, or I didn’t take it out to take photos. I regret some of that.
What did you learn from this misadventure that you can share with other travelers?
Don’t get sick overseas? Haha nah, we all know that’s impossible. But I think I learnt that even though you are sick, and feeling miserable, try to still make the most of your time away. You never know when you will get a chance to go back to certain places.
What’s the one other lesson you’ve learned on your trip that you wish you had known before you left?
I can’t think of anything I wished I knew that I didn’t already know. But for all those planning a trip away soon, remember to get your shots and immunisations before you leave, because you don’t want to be sick while you are away, especially in a country that doesn’t have the same health standards as back home. And remember, some immunisations need a few doses over a few months, so check with your doctor early.
Thanks Wez for sharing!