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    Can You Lower Your Medical Costs by Taking a Cruise?

    by Skye Sherman - December 10 , 2018


    Photo Credit: by Skye Sherman
    Photo Credit: by Skye Sherman

    Cruises are exploding in popularity due to their ease of access, accessible price points, virtually unlimited amenities, and increasing coverage areas. This form of travel appeals to many people who would like to pay one base price for an entire vacation and then not have to plan another thing until their trip home. Taking a cruise packs the maximum amount of fun into a minimal amount of time, and also lets travelers indulge in whatever tickles their fancy: great dinners, amazing shows, plenty of pool time, or island explorations.

    But don’t take us as your only source. Take it from Ingle International. According to the travel insurance website, “This year, more than 25 million people, including more than 750,000 Canadians, will board cruise ships in ports around the world for what has become the fastest growing vacation option available to leisure travelers.

    Photo Credit: by Skye Sherman
    Photo Credit: by Skye Sherman

    According to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which represents 95 percent of the world’s cruise companies, 13 new ocean liners and 13 river cruise vessels, accounting for over 30,000 additional passengers, will be added to the world’s fleet in 2017 alone. And between now and 2026, 97 new ships (80 ocean liners and 17 river cruisers) with a total capacity of almost 231,000 will be added to this travel market sector.

    For Canadians, who have easy access to the world’s busiest cruise ports (such as: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Galveston, New Orleans, and Vancouver) there is a huge range of cruise options available, and thanks to online cruise booking services, you can easily sign up for anything from a 3-day cruise to nowhere to a round-the-world odyssey, all from the comfort of your living room.”

    However, a lot of people also associate cruising with getting unhealthy. After all, it can be hard to resist unlimited ice cream cones and piña coladas! With free access to all the food and drinks you could ever want, it can be hard to maintain your health on a cruise, much less think about taking your time on a cruise to get even healthier. But could going on a cruise actually lower your medical bills? In this article, we’ll explore the possibility that sailing away for a few days may just be the best thing you could do for your health. Read on to learn more.

    Photo Credit: by Skye Sherman
    Photo Credit: by Skye Sherman

    How could taking a cruise actually lower your medical bills?

    Would you believe it if we told you that taking cruises (or really, traveling of any kind) helps you stay healthy, both mentally and emotionally? It can even help you out physically, too… but that part’s up to you!

    Studies show that traveling regularly and doing other leisurely activities actually helps to lower your levels of stress, anxiety, and other unpleasant and disease-causing emotions. Check out our article Is Travel the Best Antidepressant Therapy? to learn more about how travel may even be able to help ward off symptoms of depression. When your levels of stress are lower -- when you take time to truly kick back, relax, breathe deeply, and let your worries go -- it can work wonders for your health and alleviate a variety of unpleasant conditions.

    Photo Credit: by Skye Sherman
    Photo Credit: by Skye Sherman

    Forbes Travel Guide consulted Dr. Oz on how traveling can be good for you and have a positive effect on your overall level of well being. Here’s what he had to say:

    -- “Taking vacations can lower men’s risk of death by 21 percent and mortality from cardiovascular disease by 32 percent.

    -- Among women, a lack of vacation is associated with a higher risk of heart disease and death from heart disease.

    -- Women who go on trips more frequently are less likely to become tense, depressed or tired and are happier with their marriages.

    -- Vacationing improves your mood and reduces stress. It also can temporarily help boost productivity.

    -- People who travel more frequently are more satisfied with their physical health and well-being.

    -- Vacationing can increase creativity.”

    Still, many employees around the world let their vacation days go to waste. It’s a shame, because if they instead chose to use those to travel, they’d find that traveling can truly boost their mood and make them both more productive and happier at work! If you feel like your job is a drag and it’s having a negative impact on your health, consider taking off for a few days and heading somewhere new.

    Taking a cruise can be the ideal way to travel because everything you need is on one ship and there is very minimal planning required. You can fill your schedule with activities from sunup to sundown or you can choose to do absolutely nothing. Whatever helps you hit the reset button and feel refreshed is what you should opt to do.

    You may be surprised to find that when your overall sense of wellbeing improves, your health improves alongside it. And when your health improves, you lower your medical bills and experience less sickness and diseases overall. The happier, more satisfied, and more fulfilling and healthy of a life you live, the better off your physical health is likely to fare.

    If you want an enjoyable way to lower your medical bills (thereby making more room in your budget for travel!), consider booking a cruise and see what it does for you. You just may find that you feel better and do better, and that you need less medical intervention overall, especially if you make it a point to cruise (or travel for leisure) regularly.

    Ways to stay healthy on a cruise

    Of course, for some people, attempting to be healthier and going on a cruise sound counter productive! This is because on cruises, your ticket or fare typically grants you access to a wide selection of delicious food that’s available 24/7. Whether you opt for room service or book a reservation at one of the many dining rooms onboard, you never have to go without. Plus, cruises provide the chance to sample food from a variety of cuisines, and in most cases you can eat as much of it as you’d like.

    So, no wonder some people find it hard to stay healthy on cruises! However, this doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re going on a cruise in an attempt to improve your health by getting away from it all and relaxing, you don’t want to negate your progress by totally ruining your diet and coming home hungover and ten pounds heavier. Instead, there are ways you can find to stay healthy on a cruise.

    Let’s just take one ship as an example. Below, we’ll get into the many ways you can get -- and stay -- healthy aboard Royal Caribbean’s recently launched Symphony of the Seas. You can take it as a model for any variety of ships, as many cruises on today’s market offer similar amenities. Sure, there are endless ways to splurge and totally ruin your health kick onboard. But there are also just as many ways to pursue a healthier version of yourself while onboard a cruise ship.

    Here are a few tips:

    Avoid temptation

    If you’ve been on a cruise before, you know that the endless supply of food can be very tempting for those whose hunger never seems to be satiated. Not only are there lots of meals, there are also lots of treats and sweets, from ice cream to pastries. The best way to resist indulging in these foods is to avoid temptation altogether by pretending these things don’t exist. You know where the ice cream machine is located. Don’t walk by it! It’s too easy to just stop and fill up a cone, and before you know it, you’ve eaten three.

    Alternatively, if you aren’t sure that you have the willpower to completely resist the unhealthy options available to you, put guidelines in place that are doable for you. Maybe commit to indulging in just one treat per day, or forgo dessert in favor of a fancy cocktail. Whatever method you choose, the main point is to opt for healthier options and pursue the goal of disembarking from the ship a healthier person than you embarked.

    Photo Credit: by Skye Sherman
    Photo Credit: by Skye Sherman

    Go to the gym

    They may not be the hotspots or preferred destinations of most cruise ship passengers, but most ships these days have gyms onboard. Plan to begin a new workout regimen or try out exercise machines that are new to you while on your trip. Best of all, most cruise ship gyms offer great views of the ocean. It’s the ideal way to wake up or blow off some steam of the end of the day.

    You should also check the daily cruise ship compass to see if there are any fitness classes on offer. You may have the chance to try a new exercise class such as kickboxing, pilates, or spinning and find an interest that you take home with you.

    Photo Credit: by Skye Sherman
    Photo Credit: by Skye Sherman

    Not a fan of the gym? You should try your hand at the rock climbing wall or attempt to stand up on the FlowRider surf simulator. Sure, these are super fun activities, but they’re also a physical challenge that will test your limits and allow you the pleasure of exploring a new activity. You may end up finding a new, active hobby that you love!

    Walk or jog the running track

    Yes, believe it or not, there’s a dedicated running track on Symphony of the Seas (and many other cruise ships!). Even if you’re not a runner, you can use this amenity to get in several laps per day. Dedicate half an hour in the mornings before you head to breakfast or take a couple of loops just before you shower for the evening to get in some extra cardio. Plus, you’ll get a nice breath of fresh air and a thorough self-guided tour of the ship from end to end!

    Walking, jogging, or running can be great ways to boost your health, clear your head, and get your blood pumping in a way that doesn’t add undue stress to your body. With minimal impact and low exertion, it’s the ideal way to incorporate a little extra exercise into your trip.

    Photo Credit: by Skye Sherman
    Photo Credit: by Skye Sherman

    Reward yourself with a spa treatment

    Did you do well during your time away? Book a relaxing spa treatment before you depart the ship. Opt for a full body massage to relieve tension and alleviate sore muscles, or do a facial and lay down in the heated stone chairs in the therapy room to truly unwind.

    Other ways to lower your medical bills and prescription costs

    Looking for other creative ways to lower your medical bills? Consider ways to save on your prescription costs. There’s no reason to pay a hefty price for a drug that you can get for cheaper from other sources. If it’s the exact same medication on offer for a better price, it’s an obvious way to lower your overall costs while still protecting and preserving your health.

    If you’re not sure how to order your prescriptions online or want to shop around for better prices, we can help. Here at Canadian Pharmacy World, we are home to a wide variety of prescription medications at great prices, often far better than prices you can find anywhere else. This is because we import drugs from more reasonably priced manufacturers and then offer them at affordable prices to the patients who need them.

    Photo Credit: by Skye Sherman
    Photo Credit: by Skye Sherman

    Browse our website today for the drugs that you are prescribed. To order, you’ll simply need to send in your doctor’s prescription for the medication and then you are free to have your prescriptions delivered right to your door. Ordering from an online Canadian pharmacy you can trust is of vital importance when considering cheaper drug prices, because there are many fraudulent companies out there. However, once you get used to ordering your prescriptions online and getting your drugs in this way, you will be amazed that you didn’t turn to this convenient and affordable method sooner!

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