Most people are shocked to find out that as a dentist I’m a total germaphobe. They often ask, “how can you be in people’s mouths all day long if you hate germs?” Hmm, good point! Well, I’m not a dentist anymore, but if I were, remember that our whole existence as dentists is to fight germs. So actually, it may not be much of a stretch philosophically. When I did practice, I did all sorts of quirky things to avoid the little buggers. It only seemed fitting that I tackle the subject in my guest post for Amber at With Husband in Tow. After all, though I’m not proud to admit it, I am very skilled at it.
7 Tips for the Germaphobic Traveler
If there is one thing I am pretty neurotic about, it is germs. Yes, I am a germaphobe. I actually picked up the phobia while living abroad in Spain several years back. I rode the metro everyday and got to see all types come on and off the train. After a while I started to notice one thing about them all. They all held onto those shiny center poles for balance. As I stood there holding on myself, I noticed dirty fingernails, coughing and sneezing, teeth picking, and nose and eye wiping. From that moment on, it was done. I couldn’t get over those images, and I became a germaphobe.
Do I let that stop me from traveling? Hell no! Read more here…