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Sick On Holiday – Bad day – June 7th, 2014

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Sick on holiday Abel Tasman National Park

Welcome to another perfect example of a bad day. Or should I say multiple bad days? I want to explain in this post how I got sick on holiday, and what it did to my happiness.

Let’s dive straight into the data that I tracked!

The data

Below is the data that I entered in my personal happiness tracking journal. This is how I rated my happiness on this day.

DateJune 7th, 2014
LocationNew Zealand
Happiness rating4,0
Comment(I wrote this 2 days after the 7th of June, 2014)

Jesus Christ! I have not written in a while, because… I got fucking sick.

The day after we arrived in Picton, we headed to the Abel Tasman National Park for a hike along the coastal area. We were dropped off on a beautiful beach by a boat, and we hiked back to the parking lot. It was amazing. During the hike, I suddenly got the hiccups. “Not a big deal”, I thought, let’s just continue.

But they didn’t stop. I had the hiccups for over an hour. I never had that before, as far as I know. It continued during the drive to the hostel. I also had very bad stomach cramps, and when we arrived at the hostel, it all started. It was a proper shitstorm.

Only 20 seconds after exiting the car I was puking my brains out on the edge of the parking lot. It was just messed up. I don’t remember a lot of what happened next. All I remember is that I spent the entire night shaking, puking, squirting (haha, gross) and screaming like a madmen. It was fucking horrible. I couldn’t do ANYTHING. The next morning was not much better. I wasn’t able to eat anything, so I had zero energy.

Luckily, I managed to eat a quarter of a pizza last night. Today was the first day where I was able to eat fairly normal again. I’m already feeling a little better at the moment, but still have quite a big fever. I seriously don’t understand how this happened, just like that. It sucks. The past 2 days were absolutely shit. Today was also uneventful. I’m hopefully feeling a little better tomorrow, so I’ll be able to actually do something. It must suck for *Alan* as well, as I’m ruining his time as well at the moment.

Anyway, I’m going to sleep now. I’m writing this on a toilet, just so nobody sees me writing lol. Just skyped with my girlfriend again. Everything is a bit harder now, but we will survive. We both have our ups and downs. I’ll be back in the Netherlands soon enough! I’m looking forward to it. Going to sleep now! Bye bye.
Positive factorsTraveling
Negative factorsSick

As you can see, I was absolutely miserable during this sick streak. Being sick on holiday was the sole reason for my happiness rating to be so low. These couple of days were by far the worst days of the entire month, as I have written about in the Monthly Happiness Report. My average happiness rating for June, 2013 was a 7,77.

Before I went on holiday and got sick

I spent 5 months in New Zealand finishing my Bachelor’s degree at a company. I was an intern there, and I generally did not like my job. There was nothing I could do about it. I had to suck it up, as my entire savings (it wasn’t much!) had gone into these 5 months abroad. I could not afford to return to the Netherlands without successfully finishing my internship first.

So I got stressed out some days. I don’t want to sound like a cry-baby, but I dreaded Mondays and loved the weekends. Most of my happiness came from the weekends, as I have detailed extensively in my Happiness Reports.

Luckily, there was a light at the end of the tunnel: I had planned an amazing road trip across the South Island. I left the day after I finished my internship.

How did I got sick on holiday?

I left for this holiday feeling a little stressed out. I now believe I pushed myself a little too long, both mentally and physically.

The holiday also started with a 9 hour drive from Auckland to Wellington. I drove by myself, just stopping once during the entire drive. It didn’t bother me at all, as I absolutely loved the entire drive. My happiness was sky-high, but in hindsight, I don’t think it had a positive effect on my health.

The first thing my travel companion and I did on the South Island was hiking in the Abel Tasman National Park. It’s a beautiful area, and the scenery and views certainly didn’t cause me to get sick on holiday.

What happened during and after this hike is history. Luckily, I managed to write the experience down in my happiness tracking journal.

Sick on holiday Abel Tasman National Park
These beautiful views certainly did not cause me to get sick on holiday…

After I got sick on holiday

As I said, I didn’t remember a lot of what happened after getting sick. It was a combination of sweating, shaking, puking and some other stuff I’d rather not repeat. It was all pretty miserable. I don’t have any pictures of the situation at the time, and I actually don’t feel bad about.

It took quite some time before I started to feel even a little human again. Luckily, my travel companion was (and still is) a total bad-ass. He drove us down to the West Coast of the South Island, while he had never driven on the left side of the road before. If not for him, I would have wasted 3 days of my holiday road trip stuck in the same hostel.

“Luckily, my travel companion was (and still is) a total bad-ass”

2 days later, I was starting to feel like a human being again, although still with a fever. We were nearing the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers: one of the highlights of the South Island. Especially since I wanted needed to skydive above these glaciers. Luckily, I got back up on my feet shortly after, and was able to jump on the 12th of June! I logically felt a lot better after, and didn’t feel sick on holiday anymore.

I gave the day of my skydive a happiness rating of a 9,0. It’s kind of funny in a way, that my happiness more than doubled in less than a week! I find it bizarre just how much influence a specific event can  have on one’s happiness.

I’d like to create a post of my detailed happiness rating on the day I skydived, but that’s one for later! I have now dedicated a ‘Good day’ post about this day!

I hope this post helps you understand how I have been tracking my happiness. If this inspires or interests you in any way, feel free to comment or get involved in this series.


Bad days: In the ‘Bad days’ post series, I will highlight some of the worst days of my life. Not just any days, but the days where I tracked the lowest happiness ratings. I will detail some of the journal entries and happiness ratings on specific below-average days. The goal of this series is to show you how exactly I am tracking my happiness. In a best case scenario, it inspires you to determine the added value of tracking happiness and therefore start for yourself.


Hugo Huijer

Founder of Tracking Happiness

Founder of Tracking Happiness and lives in the Netherlands. Ran 5 marathons, with one of them in under 4 hours (3:59:58 to be exact). Data junkie and happiness tracker for over 7 years.

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