Travel Destinations Where Air Pollution Can Be An Issue.

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Over the past few decades, travelling to foreign countries has become increasingly popular and accessible with the affordable readily available transport and flights. This allows millions of people to explore incredible places that wouldn’t have been reachable before. Although this means amazing things for travellers and those who want to see the world, unfortunately, it also means an increase in air pollution in many countries. There are several popular destinations where air pollution is a huge factor, this is a guest post that shows what we can do to protect ourselves once out there.

India

Polluted air from transport and the vast number of people living in India makes it one of the more polluted countries in the world. Yet India is becoming increasingly popular with tourists from all over the globe who come to enjoy the incredible views, buildings and religious temples. With so much to do and see in India, it is not one to be missed – despite the high pollution levels. Take a look at the best things to do in India for all the more reason to visit. That said, it is important to be aware of the pollution problems in some parts of the country; ensure you have health insurance and take all medication with you – particularly if you suffer from any respiratory disorders such as asthma.

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Read my posts on beloved India here.

China

More often than not, the cities of China are covered in a cloud of thick smog, caused by fumes from a combination of transport and industry. China is one of the world’s biggest manufacturers, accounting for 20% of global production output – so it’s no surprise that the toxic air pollution levels are high. This can be seen especially in cities such as Beijing, and Shanghai, two of the country’s more popular tourist destinations in China. However, do not allow this to change your mind about visiting this incredible country. There are several ways you can protect yourself, such as wearing a pollution mask. You may have noticed Chinese citizens wearing these while out and about in the busy cities, and there is a good reason for it. It is vital that you get insurance before travelling anywhere in China, as contrary to popular belief, healthcare is not cheap there. The last thing you want is to find yourself in an unknown country with a huge unexpected medical bill. You can see all the details at chinaexpathealth.com for cheap and reliable health insurance.

United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates has seen an increase in tourists over the years, mainly due to its impressive infrastructure, wealth and futuristic cities including Dubai and Abu Dhabi. No matter where you go, the UAE is guaranteed to be a trip of a lifetime. However, air pollution is difficult to avoid in these areas, especially in summer when dust storms are prevalent. Although the air is not polluted in the same way that the previous countries are, it can still have just as much effect on anyone who breathes in this air. This is due to storms carrying dust particles which can easily be inhaled, causing respiratory issues.

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These countries are all extraordinary and unlike anywhere else on the planet. If you are lucky enough to get the chance to visit them, take it. However, be aware that the air quality is different than what you may be used to, so be prepared and ensure you have health insurance before travelling.

** This is a (non-sponsored) guest post. Pics supplied via Pixabay.

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