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Guide to Self-Quarantine After Travel

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Self-quarantine after travel is a significant way to stop the possible transmission of COVID-19, be it to your loved ones or your colleagues at work.

Admit it. It’s a tad difficult to stop yourself from traveling especially when you’re so used to going places way before the onset of this nasty pandemic. Experts, however, stress that it’s important for you to follow protocols. So, even when you can get away with it, you need to remember to self-quarantine after travel.

If you’ve been out of state during Thanksgiving, it’s crucial to self-quarantine after travel. California announced that traveling residents must do a 14-day quarantine right after arrival. Moreover, if you’ve been lengthyly exposed to someone who isn’t part of your household, it’s imperative for you to quarantine yourself, as well.

Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, former director of the division of communicable disease control and prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and a current professor at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, asserts that people must do self-quarantine after travel, an automatic new normal response as opposed to doing complete isolation when you know that you have the COVID-19 virus. Self-quarantining, he says, is a kind of middle ground between full isolation and outdoor mask-wearing.

The term, “quarantine,” has seemingly lost its gravity as we typically have been hearing it since the onset of this deadly pandemic. Nevertheless, it is crucial to take heed of the different warnings provided by authorities as to the significance of this word. More so, doing self-quarantine after travel allows us to protect others especially if we have been unknowingly exposed to the virus while traveling.

Below are several tips that we should remember as regards the importance of voluntary self-quarantine after travel.

What is self-quarantine? Self-quarantine is the act of staying isolated from others for 14 days after we arrive from a prolonged travel to another area besides our own. This means, then, that you voluntarily stay away from people, even from your housemates, for a period of two weeks to eradicate the possibility of COVID-19 transmission if, for instance, you’ve been unfortunately infected with it. The 14-day rule also allows you to check yourself for the symptoms of the virus as they typically manifest themselves during the said duration.

Aside from staying away from your family and housemates, it is also crucial to stay home from work. This means that you can apply for a work from home arrangement, as well. Doing a self-quarantine after travel includes isolating yourself from work colleagues, preferring to do WFH for the time being. As with the possibility of transmitting COVID-19 to your family, you might transfer the virus to your workmates, as well. A responsible traveler, of course, must aim to halt infection and the two-week isolation is an effective safety measure.

Finally, Kim-Farley shares that, as regards food and other essentials, you may want to adopt a temporary no-contact basis of procuring these things. For example, you can ask your loved ones to leave these implements outside your room or, if you live alone, you can request deliveries to be left on your doorstep. Paying for these goods may be done through digital means, as well. Self-quarantine after travel is your way of helping halt the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus as more and more cases are still being reported daily.

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Breathtaking New Hiking Trails From Around The World

  

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It doesn’t really matter where you are, there’s probably a good hiking trail somewhere nearby. And who doesn’t love a good hike?! Well, ok, plenty of people don’t love hikes. But for those that do, check out this list of some of the greatest hikes from around the world. I know I’m going to try to hit all of them before I’m gone!

VIA DINARICA, BALKANS

This hike is truly epic. It starts in Albania and travels northwest through Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and finally ends at the beginning of the Dinaric Alps in Slovenia. Just so we’re clear, we’re talking about 783 miles, people. That’s incredible.

But make no mistake, it is very difficult. It’s divided into three, color-coded sections, and the first one, the White Trail, is the most difficult. The second is the Blue Trail and includes incredible views of the Adriatic Sea. And the third leg is known as the Green Trail and mostly travels through the forest of the lower Dinaric Alps.

CHALKUP 21, U.K.

This gorgeous hiking trail has only existed since September of 2017. It runs along the coast and takes hikers and cyclists through Deal, St. Margaret’s Bay, Kingsdown, and eventually finishes in Capel-le-Ferne. What makes this trail especially cool is that it also features artwork and sculptures done by local artists. Sounds pretty awesome if you ask me!

KANGAROO ISLAND WILDERNESS TRAIL, AUSTRALIA

I have a feeling you can guess what makes this trail so special. Kangaroos. Well, the wildlife in general. Kangaroo Island requires just a 30-minute flight from nearby Adelaide to reach. The whole trail takes about five days to walk, but it’s worth it if you have the time. The landscape and the wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, platypus, seals, and dolphins can be truly breathtaking.

THE GREAT TRAIL, CANADA

This trail was officially opened in 2017 and is now officially the longest trail in the world at roughly 15,000 miles. It includes over 500 individual trails and can be enjoyed in many different ways including hiking, cycling, riding horseback, or even skiing and snowmobiling depending on the weather. Or, if you’re more of a water-based adventurer, there are also plenty of waterways that allow for kayaking and canoeing.

JORDAN TRAIL, JORDAN

This is possible the extended hike for the history buff. It literally covers the entire country of Jordan in its 403 total miles. But, before you get too excited, you should know it takes about 36 days to complete in full. It is however broken into eight stages and only requires a moderate amount of fitness.

And if you can pull it off, you’ll be happy you did once you reach amazing landmarks like the city of Karak, the Dead Sea canyons, and the architectural feat that is the city of Petra.


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Touring Nashville!

  

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Nashville is one of the most underrated cities in America. And you don’t have to be a lover or even a casual fan of country music to enjoy this great city. So if you’re looking for a simple and fun vacation in an American city you’ve probably never been to before, look no further than Nashville. And when you do get there, be sure to check out all these awesome activities!

THE FOOD… EAT THE FOOD

You could absolutely hate music (which is truly insane) and still love Nashville. Why? Because they have some absolutely amazing food there! And who doesn’t love delicious food? They have just about anything and everything too. They’re most famous for their Nashville hot chicken, but if that’s not your culinary bag there’s something for everyone, from tapas to Italian to plenty of great Mexican and Tex-Mex food.

STOP BY JACK WHITE’S RECORDING STUDIO

Jack White, famously of The White Stripes, started his own record company in 2001 called Third Man Records. But it’s so much more than just your average recording studio. They all have a record store and an actual concert venue in the building! So it’s a great place to take in all the great music Nashville has to offer. And don’t you dare think that’s specific to country music. There is so much other great music being played and created in Nashville. It really is the hub of American music.

GET YOUR DRINK ON

Naturally, a city with a great music scene will also have a great drinking scene. And while you should always drink responsibly and safely, Nashville is a great city to drink as much as you can. Obviously, they have countless places making and service top-notch bourbon and whiskey. But there’s also plenty of amazing breweries. Some of the best include Jackalope Brewing Company, Black Abbey, and if beer’s not your thing, swing by Diskin Cider.

CHECK OUT HATCH SHOW PRINT

Hatch Show Print is a Nashville institution. You can’t walk a block in Nashville without catching a few promotional posters that were made at this print shop that’s been in business since 1879. Even in recent years as more digital and advanced techniques have crept up, Hatch Show has stuck by their traditional letterpress technique and the community has loved them for it. Today, visitors can take tours of the factory and pick up a beautiful poster of their own. Because wall art doesn’t get much better than obscure concert promotions!

MAKE YOUR OWN CANDLES AT THE CANDLE BAR

At this point, if you don’t like great music, don’t care much about food, and aren’t a drinker, I guess I just don’t understand you at all. But! There are still other great activities for you to enjoy in Nashville. And making your own scented candles at The Candle Bar is most certainly one of them. Candle making may not sound all that exciting, but just ask anyone that’s ever checked it out and they’ll tell you it’s definitely worth it. Did I mention you get to pick your own scent?!


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How To Make A Healthy Gas Station Meal

   

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You’re on the road when you get hit by the old hunger pangs. Normally what you do is head straight to a fast food joint and get a triple chili burger with a shake and cheese fries. But now you’re trying to eat healthy which means making smarter choices. The question is how do you make healthy choices when you’re in the unhealthy world of rest stops and gas stations? Do you order a chicken fried steak and take the breading off? Do you eat the lettuce and onion then throw the rest of your Big Mac away?

No, there are plenty of great ways to eat healthy when you’re on the go and we’re going to share them all with you so you can stay healthy and stay moving.

REMEMBER THE IMPORTANT THREE

When you’re searching through the foods at your gas station look for these three things to make sure you stay feeling full and satisfied after you eat: Protein, fiber and healthy fat. Aim for around 350 calories with 12-20 grams of protein and 5-10 grams of fiber per meal. It’s easiest to start by looking for a protein like nuts or jerky or peanut butter. Then look to add some fiber with fresh fruits or vegetables. Then it’s time to add some healthy fat with guacamole or nuts. Finally, try drinking water instead of that 64 oz. Big Gulp you usually put down.

DECONSTRUCTED YOGURT PARFAIT

This is a great, quick, healthy meal you can throw together at almost any gas station. Find a low sugar Greek yogurt and break pieces of a nut-based bar into the yogurt. Then add some fruit and voila you have your own personal parfait. You will thoroughly enjoy your meal while also keeping the calorie count nice and low. Filling and delicious is the best way to eat when trying to stay healthy.

PEANUT BUTTER AND APPLE ON CRACKERS

Get an apple and cut it up. Then buy some peanut butter or some other type of nut butter and add it on top of a delicious whole grain cracker for a light meal that is tasty and will leave you satisfied. If you have a hankering for sweets then this meal is for you. It is usually hard to satisfy your desires for sugar in a healthy way, but if you can do it with a meal like this then you have hit the healthy jackpot.

TUNA SALAD

Gas Stations usually sell tuna and you’ll be thanking them for doing so. You can get condiments from the hot dog station to properly fix your tuna right then smear it on top of some whole wheat crackers and you got yourself a delicious meal. All you have to do is add some fresh fruit and you’ll be sitting pretty for a good long while on the road.

BEEF JERKY

When in doubt, grab the jerky. Sure it may be processed, but it’s probably your best bet for processed food a gas station has to offer. Pair it with some fruit and some nuts and you will have a great meal that will put you into a savory based heaven. Just be sure to look for a low sodium option because jerky can be high when it comes to the salt.

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