Poor air quality is exceedingly common around the globe. This poor quality of air can be resulted from climate change, bush burning, vehicle emission, gas flaring, industrial pollution, lack of proper waste management and other human activities. According to World Health Organization which estimated that about 91% of the population lives in places where air pollution exceeds WHO guidelines. Still on this, a 2018 report says ambient air quality may affect both the acute and chronic state of health of the traveler. This makes it important to research about your potential destinations before embarking on it and always have in mind that common wisdom might be outdated.
Here are some steps you can take into consideration.
CONSIDER A DIFFERENT SEASON
Pollution varies by season, depending on weather and the area you are visiting. For instance, if you are visiting USA, you have to bear in mind that summer is traditionally wildfire season and climate change is making it a year-round issue. In some other part of the world, dry season runs from January through April, which allows factory emissions, crop-burning smoke, exhaust and construction dust to accumulate.
PUT ON A PROTECTIVE MASK
Your destination may not actually have a high pollution level but have in mind that conditions can change in a hurry. Protective mask is so important that it filters out 95% of test particles as small as 0.3 microns.
CHECK AIR QUALITY
When the air quality outside is bad, you want the air inside your room or hotel room to be much better. Nowadays, hotels are realizing that guests are willing to pay for apartment designed to enhance air quality. If possible or available, you can also use a portable air monitor to check the quality of the air outdoors and inside.
RESTRICT YOURSELF FROM OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
On a day of bad weather, it’s very much healthy to keep yourself indoor and maintain your exercise routine inside. And if you have scheduled a tour but conditions are not really good, consider postponing it or taking a tour in an air-conditioned vehicle. Minimize outdoor activity around high traffic or rush-hour times and when there is fire or other pollution-heavy conditions.