Flight of Fancy podcast: Getting sick when you travel - can eating just cheese and bread make you sick?

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It starts with just the faintest whisper that something isn't right. There's a tiny rumble in your stomach, a few drops of sweat on your brow. Give it a few hours though, and that whisper has turned into a scream: you're sick. It's food poisoning. It's a tropical disease. It's some crazy virus that you've never even heard of before.

Travel writers Michael Gebecki and Flip Byrnes know a thing or two about getting sick on the road. Know the saying: You can survive on just cheese and bread when in Portugal, Spain or France? Well, Flip Byrnes did just that and she says she'd never do it again.

Michael "The Tripologist" Gebecki has fallen ill way too many times travelling that he's got his sick plan down pat - it includes avoiding food that has been sitting out for while, especially in the heat, and drinking carbonated water.

Some illnesses you catch on the road can be pretty minor – it might just be the flu, or a migraine, or you might convince yourself you've got malaria but then it just turns out to be a hangover – but some of them can ruin your entire holiday.

To hear about Flip's airlift out of Greenland or Michael's tips on how to avoid getting sick when you're travelling, download this episode of Flight of Fancy: the Traveller.com.au podcast, Getting sick when you travel - how does it happen? Where does it happen? What do you do when it happens? And perhaps most importantly of all: what are the steps you can take to avoid sickness striking you down in the first place?

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