Healthy Water For Traveling To Developing Countries
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Steri-pen was the solution to getting enough drinking water while spending 3 weeks in South America. The pen (about the size of a small flashlight) kills 99.9% of bacterial, viruses and protozoa in water in moments. A small UV light sterilizes either a liter or .5 liter of water while you stir your glass or water bottle. Perfect solution while traveling when often the only safe thing to drink is soda or alcohol. A good way to get those 8 cups even while traveling.
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One way to help avoid being discouraged when you slide off course a bit, is to write yourself a healthy lifestyle resume! What skills have you developed (making a well developed workout routine, making solid meal plans, etc), what are some of your past successes (lost 15 lbs, ran a 5k, motivated a friend to exercise), and what new skills do you hope to develop. Even if you aren't quite on track, you are still developing the skills that you need to get there!
Living abroad (not just taking a vacation in another country) is a great experience. One learns about another country, its customs, culture, & language. One learns to see one's own country from a different point of view. One sees that people are much the same everywhere, with similar concerns. One finds that other places are not better or worse than home, just different. And upon returning home, one appreciates one's native country all the more. (click title for more info)
After spending several years in South America, I learned to love the culture there, made wonderful friends, learned a new language. Living without electricity or running water certainly made me appreciate home, yet it made me see that people can be happy with so much less than one would expect.
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