Backpacking Fiji: Health and Safety Information


Can anything go wrong in paradise? Yes, it can, and if you’re not prepared, it will most certainly happen to you. Fiji is a wonderful island – the locals are friendly, the food is delicious and diverse, the beaches are almost magical, and the palm trees complete the image of ‘paradise on earth’.
Unfortunately, the feeling of relaxation and total peace can easily come to an end if you end up sick or injured. As with anywhere in the world, the possibility of illness and injury is very prevalent in Fiji and can befall anyone at any time. Being prepared and taking the time to learn about the common illnesses, as well as the most common dangerous illnesses and safety info will go a long way towards making your vacation smooth and incident free.

If you’re traveling to Fiji for the first time, whether as a backpacker or general tourist, the following info will help you plan for and ultimate avoid the unexpected.

The Sun

As common sense as it may seem, the sun is one of the most dangerous health issues Fiji travelers face. You’re in the tropic – the sun is very strong and just overhead, shining down and burning indiscriminately. If you’re planning on spending the day outside, take a bottle of sunscreen with you and apply it hourly, more so if you just got done swimming. Don’t spend all moments in the sun – the shade will be just as warm, but will reduce the risk of sun poisoning and burning.


Be careful when it comes to water in Fiji – not all locations have safe tap water. The Coral Coast is generally fine when it comes to everyday drinking water. In other locations, however, it can be risky. It’s better to spend the extra money to purchase bottled water. Also, be careful with food that is washed with local tap water, such as fruits and vegetables.

Sharp Beaches

This may sound odd, but ‘sharp beaches’ can be an issue in different locations. Walking through shallow water and in sand near water can result in cut feet due to sharp rocks and shells in the sand. Be careful when first walking through unfamiliar waters, and if you notice sharp objects, get some shower shoes with rubber soles – this may look a little goofy, but a slice across the arch of the foot can ruin a vacation.


Disease themselves aren’t a huge issue in Fiji in the more popular areas. There aren’t any major outbreaks, and there are no required vaccinations. The CDC does, however, recommend that travelers make sure all their routine vaccinations are up-to-date, and that you consider getting vaccinated for Typhoid, and Hepatitis A/B.

In addition, you may want to bring iodine tablets to purify water – bottled water can get expensive, tap water is generally not safe, and you may end up in a location where bottled water is not an option. Iodine tablets can be purchase at any camping/outdoors/sporting goods store.

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Making Money


Goats can provide milk and cheese for lactose-intolerant people, meat for low-fat and cholesterol-free diets and mohair for making clothing. There are many benefits to having goats. They make great pets and can clear land, and they are fun to watch!
How do you make money? First, start off with a small herd of does, then buy a buck with good muscle. The kids that are born are “profit”. Keep the ones you want to (mostly does,maybe 1 buck) ,and sell the rest. Use the money off of the kids you sold to buy more does, then repeat. Soon you will have a herd going strong. That’s when you can keep some of the profit. Make sure to cull out the goats that are too old ,aggressive, not feeding their kids,or anything you don’t like about them,but replace them with more.

The breed of goat you want depends on what you want them for. Do you want milk? Buy a dairy goat herd. Meat? Buy muscular goats,usually Boer or Spanish.Or do you want mohair? Buy a fiber goat,usually Angora. A lot of people have switched to goat meat because of the health benefits of it. Selling goat milk can also bring in profits. The start up costs of goats can vary depending on the breed. The basics are shelter, good fencing, feed and hay, shots,tags, worming, emergency kit, water troughs, and feed troughs. If you are into the Dairy breeds, you may need more supplies such as a milking machine and a milking stand.

Selling your goats- you can sell goats in the newspaper, websites (like mine) or by word of mouth. If you want registered goats,be prepared to spend a little more on them. They should also sell for more. Children in 4H show goats in fairs and shows ,Most of their goats are required to be registered and or either does or wethers (castrated males). Make money doing something you love! raise goats!

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Decorating a Bedroom for Twins When They Don’t Agree on the Theme


Decorating a bedroom for twins can be a bit of a challenge if there is no consensus between them about what the theme should be. Short of having a spare room you could convert into an additional bedroom to get around there refusal to agree, you may be faced with trying to appease two very different points of view.
“But I don’t like butterflies!” “Well, I don’t like rainbows!” Whether your tag team consists of boy or girls or both, I’ve got a few tips that may save your sanity and bring some peace and tranquility to the task at hand.

The twins may not be in agreement on what theme to use for decorating their bedroom, but they just might agree on what color to paint the walls. Pick up some paint swatches and let them peruse through them for a couple of days. There’s always the option of painting one wall a different color than the rest. This would give them the opportunity to each choose a color.

Another part of the decorating plan that could give both twins a choice would be where to place the furniture in the room. Let one decide where the beds go, the other where the dressers go. This will teach them compromise while at the same time allow them to retain a sense of control.

In addition to these ideas, it’s also possible their individual themes could be merged together. Take for instance the butterflies and rainbows. Maybe some different size rainbows with butterflies fluttering in the air around them painted on the walls? Or a combination of rainbow and butterfly curtains and pictures. There’s lots of ways to meld two different themes into a beautifully decorated bedroom. As long as one gets their rainbows and the other gets their butterflies, they’ll be happy.

Another idea is to designate a small area of the bedroom they can call their own. Let their creative juices flow in these individual areas. Hang a small shelf for each of twin. Let them fill it with items relating to their individual theme. A certain wall they can hang their posters on. Even a specific window they can dress in whatever fashion they desire.

No matter how much they knock heads, allow each twin to have their own set of theme sheets and a matching bedspread. Personal name plates for their headboards are always a winner as well as their own individual choice of a throw rug to keep on the floor at the side of their bed.

Speaking of beds, why not let the twins paint pictures or designs on the woodwork and headboard of their beds? Stencils or sponge shapes could ensure a neat and uniform design, and each twin gets to add to their own theme.

The important thing to remember is that although they are twins, they should be allowed to express their individuality. After all, they’ve had to share everything from the womb, their parent’s attention and their toys since they were born.

Allowing twins to have their individual say in how to decorate their bedroom is a great way to foster the idea that even though they are twins, they are two separate people with different likes; and that’s ok.

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