June 24, 2010
It's full-steam ahead into summer now in Taiwan. Any hope of ??cold?? snaps has gone so here are a few tips on how to deal with the summer.
Rather than a command to grab a four-pack, I refer rather to the intake of liquids that will keep you hydrated. This is so important but also easy to forget when you are travelling. The best thing to drink of course is water, and there are a multitude of different brands for you to choose, from local to imported brands. It??s all safe to drink and available from every convenience store and most local stores.
The tap water is also supposed to be safe to drink, although I don??t know anyone that drinks it unboiled, apart from the government minister in charge of water that is.
Apart from water, there are various isotonic drinks commonly available as well as a range of tea drinks. I have actually read reports saying green tea is as good at hydrating you as water despite the fact that it contains caffeine although I am not sure if that??s true. Still I recommend giving the sugar free varieties a try as they are very refreshing.
You might also lose your appetite in the heat, but you should try and eat regular meals. I??ve seen many a traveller brought down by dehydration and not eating.
As I have mentioned before, this is also a spectacular time for fruit in Taiwan. Lychees, mangoes, pineapples, watermelon?K it??s really all worth trying, and the little boxes of prepared (cut and peeled) fruit are generally okay.
Don??t push yourself too hard. If you feel tired, take a rest, especially in the early afternoon when temperatures can be the highest. In my opinion it??s better to recharge then if you can, then head out to explore later on.
Simple tips I know, but they are often overlooked leading to less enjoyable travel experiences.
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