What Happened to Me in Europe (Dealing with Sickness Abroad)

Hello my lovely readers! Hope you are all doing well. I thought I’d make a little update regarding my recent travels, since I haven’t talked about it since I’ve been home. To put it shortly, the trip was amazing and I loved showing my family around my favorite spots in London and some in Paris. However, I did have a little bump in the road which prevented me from writing any posts while I was there or exploring as much as I wanted to. So in the post, I want to describe what happened and how I dealt with it. I hope this is especially helpful to any of you avid travelers out there.

So I will be making separate posts for both London and Paris, but I’ll do a quick synopsis in today’s post. We spent a week in London, with our hotel being extremely close to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. It was so lovely and every person we met was very inviting and wanting to help my family. I absolutely love the people of London! We went all over the place, from Windsor Castle to the Brighton pier. However, during our trip to Brighton and while spending our time on the pier, I began feeling a bit funny. It’s very normal to feel a bit off or tired while traveling, but this was something different. That night, I started to get the chills and ended up having a pretty severe fever that whole night. I didn’t mention it to my parents, since I could take care of it myself and assumed it would be gone by the morning.

But I was wrong.

Waking up that morning, I still felt extremely exhausted, as if I didn’t sleep a minute the night before. My body felt so weak and I could barely walk to the bathroom. This was something that has never happened to me while traveling, and I was especially nervous because this was the day we were leaving for Paris. We had a train ride planned that was headed straight for Paris, but I could barely get out of bed! There was no choice but to think of other options, possibly to stay another night in London. I was not about to ruin this trip for my entire family though. I was the only one who had been to Paris previously, so my family was very excited to see the city. With that in mind, I forced myself out of bed and into a taxi to get onto that freaking train to Paris.

I tried to sleep on the train to Paris and by the grace of God, we made it! Our first day in the city, we spent the morning simply walking around the Eiffel Tower and taking in the stunning architecture of Paris. It really does have some of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen with the most gorgeous European detailing. Unfortunately, in the evening of that day, sickness hit me again (or it never went away in the first place). I began having horrible traveller’s sickness which the next day turned into awful stomach cramps. Normally, I’d just stick it out and get past the pain, but at this point my family was getting quite worried. Personally I was hoping this wasn’t something awful like a parasite.

Long story short, after taking a few Imodium caplets and TONS of Pepto Bismol, we asked the hotel if there was a doctor available. They were very kind (even through the language barrier) and called a doctor who came straight to our hotel room. We don’t have doctors that make house calls in America, so this was very strange (and extremely convenient) for us. In the end, the doctor said I would be alright even though I would get severe stomach cramps after eating anything. He prescribed a couple medicines and even gave us great advice about exploring Paris. I actually quite enjoyed his visit even under the circumstances, especially because he brought positive news.

I gradually was able to get back on my feet, even though I was very sad I had wasted a day in a half laying in bed. But I was very grateful to be feeling better at all, so our trip went on with lots of exploring and visiting the Louvre. The reason I bring this whole story up is because things don’t always go as you plan. Even when things go wrong, I try to put things into perspective and through all of it, I felt so blessed to travel to two unforgettable cities. And even though it may be uncomfortable to talk about topics like traveler’s sickness or stomach bugs, it happens to each and every one of us. We’re all human and sometimes these things happen. All you can do is try to get healthy as soon as possible and move on to your fun activities! This is one reason I love my platform here on WordPress. Life happens and I’m happy to share these experiences with you guys because they are raw and real. This trip was such a blessing and I love that I got to share my favorite places with my family. I’ll stop rambling now, but I hope you guys enjoyed or learned something from this little experience of mine. Remember, bad things will always happen, but recognizing the good in everything is what matters most.

Photos of my travels coming soon!!


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  1. June 16, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    That’s so awful!! Glad you got better. It sucks being sick on vacation. It’s happened to me so many times. I agree, life does happen but we shouldn’t let it effect us. Thanks fo sharing! Can’t wait to picks.

    • June 16, 2018 / 10:00 pm

      thanks so much! you definitely understand where i’m coming from then! xx

  2. June 16, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    I am glad you felt better Sage
    Take good care of urself and true our blogs help us share our experiences n help others learn from it ,just like I learnt from reading ur post
    Once again take care and have a wonderful day !!

    • June 16, 2018 / 10:01 pm

      thank you so much! that’s so sweet! have a fabulous day too!

  3. June 16, 2018 / 11:15 pm

    So sorry to hear you weren’t feeling the greatest on your travels but glad you got the medicine and help you needed! At least you’ll remember Paris, right! Bet your travel photos are lovely, can’t wait to see them 🙂

    • June 17, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      hahaha yes i’ll totally be remembering paris! lol and yeah i have tons of photos from london, but unfortunately not many from paris. the post will still be great though! xx

  4. June 17, 2018 / 1:05 am

    Sorry you got sick, but it can happen to anyone so it’s great that you posted this. Hope you feel better and still enjoyed your trip! 🙂

    • June 17, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      the trip was absolutely amazing! and yes i knew anyone was prone to have this happen, which is why i really wanted to write it. thanks for reading!

  5. June 17, 2018 / 4:59 am

    this must have been difficult to write, but im glad it all worked out and thank you for sharing 🙂 xxx

    • June 17, 2018 / 2:31 pm

      it definitely was harder to write than normal, but important nonetheless! thanks so much <3

  6. June 17, 2018 / 5:59 am

    I have never heard of travellers’ sickness before but it sounds terrible. I have thankfully never gotten sick on holiday yet but I know I would struggle with what to do, especially because of the language barrier. xx

    • June 17, 2018 / 2:31 pm

      the language thing was definitely difficult at some points but I’m so happy we made it through! i had traveller’s sickness in greece last year as well but not nearly to this extent

  7. June 17, 2018 / 8:10 am

    sounds horrid! I can’t even fathom how piss-poor it must have felt. x

    • June 17, 2018 / 2:30 pm

      luckily I’m feeling much better now and excited to start working again!

  8. June 17, 2018 / 11:14 am

    Sorry you got sick but I like the last paragraph where you changed your perspective to provide some brevity on the situation! I understand how easy it is to wallow in the pain but then again shit happens, even when you are on holiday! Nice post!

    • June 17, 2018 / 2:29 pm

      i completely agree! i was a bit down at the start of all of it but you have to put things into perspective! thanks so much xx

    • June 17, 2018 / 2:28 pm

      thank you! i’m feeling much much better! xx

  9. June 17, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    I’m so sorry you got sick, but glad to hear they were able to get a doctor out to you! Hope you’re feeling much better now of course (: excited to see your trip pics

    • June 18, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      thank you for all the love! i’m definitely feeling much better now and I’m about to write my London post! xx

  10. June 17, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    I totally understand how you feel. This happened to me in Italy when I was coming down with a cold and we had a lovely little Italian doctor come to our hotel to see us. It is not unheard of in Australia (where I’m from) but not something I’ve ever experienced! He actually wrote a prescription which I wasn’t quite sure what it was for and I went to the chemist and was given 6 radishes! A boost in vitamin C was what I’d been prescribed it seemed 😂

    • June 18, 2018 / 12:48 pm

      omg this is one of the best stories i’ve ever read! how awesome that they sent a doctor up to your room! I love that they prescribed you something totally natural and healthy to help your sickness! thanks for this awesome comment love! xx

  11. June 19, 2018 / 9:17 am

    Awww that sounds awful poor you!! It’s so horrible to be ill while on holiday xx

    • June 19, 2018 / 9:27 pm

      yeah it definitely wasn’t fun, but i’m totally healed now and so grateful for that!

      • June 21, 2018 / 12:15 am

        Awww I’m glad you’re better now xx

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