Reproductive Tourism in the United States

With the onset of fertility treatments and specifically IVF treatments being still in their relative infancy, there is still much to learn and grow as things proceed. In fact the first IVF treatment was only done in 1978, and there has been much in the way of technological advancements since that time. These advancements have first and foremost been able to decrease the costs of fertility treatments, making them much more cost effective for those who suffer from infertility. This has paved the way for another set of questions, that of reproductive tsosie

Various governments have been steadily producing laws and regulations regarding reproductive medicine, some that regulate it heavily and regrettably restrict it in many ways, and others who don’t regulate it enough making the quality of IVF lower; there are as well some who have made it virtually impossible to do. IVF cost is always and has always been a factor as well. Thus has been born reproductive tourism, where people travel from another country to country to receive fertility treatments.

There are many reasons for it besides just fleeing different regulations, many places are able to do it for a lower price, and patients are more confident in a different countries ability to ensure a successful pregnancy and a healthy child. Often times it’s confidence in a certain medical professional that brings people here, a good example of this is Dr Jain of Santa Monica Fertility; with helpful and informative video’s like these it’s hard to not have a desire to travel for your fertility needs.

Here are many of the most common reasons:

  • The wait list in some countries is too long to allow older couples a real chance of success

  • The legality of it in some countries

  • In some countries certain patients aren’t eligible for the treatments because of the laws, including gays, lesbians, single people or even members of a certain religion.

  • Costs, some countries can do it for far less expense even after figuring in the travel costs.

  • Some seek a desirable genealogy, or a country that has greater donor diversity than others.

  • And finally some countries have better options available, and give greater control over the results of fertilization. The United States for example allows  pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) of in vitro fertilization embryos, which permits the couple to pick and choose which embryos will be implanted in the uterus based on some genetic factors, which includes being able to screen for some chromosomal deficiencies and even sex.

How many people are engaging  in reproductive tourism? According to the data there are as many as 25,000 couples who have sought after reproductive treatments abroad. Benefiting at times the economies of other countries, as they must spend money on the treatments, as well as tourism costs such as hotels, entertainment and food.

Choice is always better, when there is a freedom of choice, when the free market has the ability to operate within the medical industry it will only make the process better, produce better technologies, and further allow for more people to become mothers and fathers if they want to. Reproductive tourism allows for doctors to expand their business, and compile a greater amount of research to aid in the betterment of the procedures.

There are still some issues that we need to be aware, specifically those entities who prey upon desperate young women to harvest their eggs. These organizations need to be sought after and shown for what they are. But in reality this issue has actually been taking care of itself as the screening procedures for many donor agencies has improved substantially.

This is an exciting time to be alive, so much of what our parents had no answers for, we do and they are only getting better and better.

Bounce Back Program

After doing some traveling around for the holidays which is nice to get other priorities met such as relaxing and nurturing our social lives. However, after all the merrymaking, we find ourselves struggling to get back to our pre-holiday routine and reclaiming our fitness. Even while I was on a vacation in a Utah national park hotel in southern Utah, I was able to keep up on things a little, even despite all of the traveling. Here are some essential steps in recovering from your holiday rut to your race-ready body:


Running bounce back program from Abbey hotelsPhoto Credit:lululemon athletica

Week 1: Regain your Endurance

Start with a basic 45-minute to 1 hour easy to moderate endurance/cardiovascular program for at least three to four times this week, focusing on the weakest portions of your routine. You’ll need more jump-start training on this part because this portion is most likely to suffer more than the other two when you go into holiday mode.


Week 2: Regain your Strength

After some endurance work in the first week, look into reclaiming muscular strength. This will help you rebuild muscle mass lost during the holidays. Add two 20-30 minute strength sessions from last week on off-cardio days.


Week 3: Regain your Routine

By this week, you may be able to regain a significant portion of your race-ready endurance and strength. Begin to add more speed intervals and hills when you feel ready. Initial “bounce-back soreness” should be minimal, which means you can push your abilities a bit more than the first two weeks. Be careful not to add more than 10% of your initial bouce back training volume to prevent injury and premature burnout.

Things you must Bring during Camping

If you are thinking of doing some creative traveling, or going camping, or taking an ATV tour somewhere then pay attention as these are things you’ll need. Here are the most important things that you must bring during an ATV ride, or when camping: backpack, sleeping bag, lamp, stoves, utensils, canteen, big plastic bag, cleaning materials, clothes, compass, map, etc.



Your backpack must be durable and waterproof. It does not have to be too big as this might be difficult for you to carry. It must only be big enough to carry all the necessary things. If the camping trip may last for longer days, then an extra bag may be advisable. But only of you can no longer fit your stuff in your backpack. It may be easier to pack heavier when you’re riding an ATV, but there are times when you’ll get off of the ATV to do some hiking around and may need a smaller pack. (we just went on ride with a Utah ATV rental)

Regarding packing your things in your backpack, there is a very simple way to do this: put first the things that you will not often use like your sleeping bag, extra boots, and trash bag. Those objects that you might use from time to time should be placed last so that they will be above inside your bag. These are your canteen, your first-aid kit, flashlight and other things. For those objects that you will surely reach for like a bottle of water, a compass, a map, ca, gloves, cell phone, it is best if you put them in your pocket or in the outer pockets of your bag.

Reminder: the overall weight of your backpack must not exceed the 20% of your body weight.

Sleeping bag

Along with your backpack, this is an important element in your camping that you should never forget. A sleeping bag has two kinds depending on the weather. On a hot weather, your sleeping bag must be light but durable, if possible it must not have a zipper. For winter, it is advisable to bring a sleep sack. This is perfect during cold season because despite the weather outside, you will still be perfectly warm inside.



It is the most practical system of lighting during camping. However, you must keep them away from the tent or your clothes, or any other object that can quickly catch fire. When you usually think of traveling you don’t think of needing to pack a lamp, but that’s what makes this traveling that much more enjoyable.


Stoves and fireplaces

You must only use these for cooking your foods, not for starting a fire. In order to be able to cook in the campsite, bringing a small gas stove is advisable.



This is also an important element. It will be convenient if you will make sure that this will always be full.  A good canteen must have a screw cap to avoid the water inside from spilling.


In packing foods, take note of the following:

  • The weight and the amount of foods
  • The preparation of the food.
  • Whether the food will get spoiled quickly.

It is a better alternative to go with canned foods and instant foods such as instant noodles, peanuts, crackers, cheese.


Personal things

For most of your personal stuff, it is better if you will pack them in a separate small bag. Your bag must contain the following for your hygiene: soap, towel, tissue, toothbrush, comb, nail clippers, ointment, toothpaste.

There must be another separate bag for your cleaning materials as it may contain harmful substances. Also, don’t forget to bring a trash bag. Dispose the trash only in a trash bin in the city or somewhere dedicated for trash collecting.

What to Do if You Get Sick While Traveling

Getting while you are traveling is not a good thing to happen to anyone. Traveling alone can be stressful enough therefore an added pressure of being sick also adds to the stress.
There are many reasons actually why people get sick while traveling. Usually, if a person is not feeling well before departure the best thing to do is to take the right preventive medications. That way whatever it is that’s going to happen can be easily thwarted. Recently we completed a grand circle tour that easily could have thwarted our travel plans, but we followed these tips and we able to have a great time.

Capital Reef National Park

Photo Credit: Bruce Tuten

While on vacation, there is also a chance that you get sick, therefore it is better if you can take your regular medications with you. Being on a foreign land usually means getting in contact with germs and viruses that are alien to your body and immune system. Aside from the environment, there is also a big chance that you can get sick from drinking water or consuming food in your destination.

Now, that the common reasons for getting sick traveling have been discussed. It is now time to discuss the best preventive measures.

  • Prior to your schedule, contact your insurance company; make sure that you are covered while traveling. If that is not the case, then you may opt for a short-term medical insurance plan that will cover you while abroad. You need to understand that your regular health insurance may not be useful when being hospitalized in another country. It is therefore essential to clear all these issues with your insurance agency.
  • Always have your health card handy and list down the numbers of your doctor, your closest relative and your insurance company.
  • Your cell phone’s ICE or In Case of Emergency feature must contain all your important contact information.
  • If you have pre-existing condition, consult your doctor and get new prescriptions on your maintenance medications and bring them with you. Your medications may not be available in the country you are going to, so it is best if you are prepared.
  • Do not trust the water from your destination. Always buy bottled water for drinking.
  • Do not be too tempted by exotic looking foods, your foreign stomach may not be flexible for local delicacies. So, if your gut is not that strong, better stay within your regular diet.
  • Always wash your hand whenever you have the chance and anywhere you may be. If there is no clean water available, use a hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid eating street vendors no matter how tempting and delicious they may look.
  • Always check a restaurant’s rest room before you order. If it is clean has towels and hand soaps, then you can conclude that the management observes cleanliness, which means that you can also trust their food preparation.
  • Avoid junk foods too. It may be okay to have them when you are home, but when you are at a foreign place it could be better to eat healthy.

All in all, getting sick while traveling can be avoidable if you take the necessary precautions. But in case you do get sick, just be smart enough not to panic and try to remember all the tips mentioned above.

Preventing Common Travel Crimes

The next time you on vacation to any island, whether it’s Aruba or Hawaii or anywhere else, you might be tempted to let your guard down, have a good time, maybe even drink a little too much. Okay I understand that but when it comes to your own personal travel safety or more importantly travel crimes; if you don’t practice some basic common sense you could easily become a travel victim.

First let’s start with your essentials; your wallet, passport and credit cards. Always carry with you photocopies of all your credit cards and the photo page of your passport. When you’re at your hotel don’t use the safe in your room. Why? Two reasons; many hotels charge you to use one and to add insult to injury; hotels are not liable for anything lost in those safes.

Instead; park your valuables downstairs at the hotel safety deposit boxes. When leaving the hotel just take one credit card and photocopies of your ID, why? Who’s going to watch your stuff when you decide to go for a swim? You know what can happen next, it disappears.

In the end it’s about achieving a delicate between having a great time and playing old common sense. If you that you’re not only protecting yourself, you get to your home and brag all your friends about what a really great time you had and you get to come back.

Prevent Lost Bags with Luggage Shipping

Okay, surprise, surprise, your bags actually made it to the hotel with you but as you know that’s not always the case. In fact the number of lost bag complaints are up to 30% over last year and there’s a good reason; there’s just two types of airline bags; carry-on and lost. But thankfully there’s a solution; in fact about 17 solutions; it’s called Luggage Carrier Service. Companies that will take your baggage and deliver it door to door. On domestic itineraries you can save considerable time and stress every time you travel by simply not checking bags.The services range from UPS to Federal Express and 15 other companies including one called Luggage Concierge. The process is simple; your drop your bag into a pouch … with FedEx there’s no pouch you just attach a wrapper, it’s a labeled and off it goes, you then bypass the inevitable lines at the airport and go right to the gate.

And here comes the good part; when you land you’re not waiting at airport baggage lines hoping it gets towed that your luggage is in the same flight that you were, you’re already off and running and your bags are waiting for you. Now what does it costs? It all gets down at the bottom line. Some services charge as low as $40 to ship your bags, now if that sounds expensive do the math. Do you know how much time we spend just getting your bags from one place to another if you check them? About 2 ½ hours, divide that into 40 bucks and you can’t wait to spend that money. Think about how much stress you’re not going to have.