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Travel Health

With the considerable organisation required for a successful gap year or independent travel experience, travel health issues often gets put to one side to be dealt with at a later time. Some vaccinations require up to eight weeks to complete the full course, so you need to plan early.

Travel health can also put an unplanned dent in your budget, trips which require many different vaccinations and prophylactic drugs can add hundreds of pounds in costs; it is one area of the budget you should not get tempted to cut corners with, but should do your research to make sure you get what you need and don’t spend on those which are really not required.

Please visit our Vaccinations & Prophylactic Drugs page for more details.

We often find that those people new to travel do one of two things; either they don’t look much past the vaccination stage or they take a small ‘field hospital’ with them. We present a more balanced approach during our Independent Travel Safety & Cultural Awareness Workshop.

Living in the UK we are very fortunate and often take our health and medical facilities for granted. We accept that a doctor will always be available to treat us and an ambulance (or even air ambulance) will carry us to a hospital. In much of the world these services are non-existent; and yet in parts of the world where we might not expect it, we find exceptional medical facilities which will treat anyone with the right insurance cover.

However even where there are excellent medical facilities in developing countries, travellers need to be reasonably self-sufficient and carry that equipment which will be suitable for first aid, while they seek out professional medical care.  As a general rule the further off the beaten track the more self-sufficient you’ll need to be.

It is a fact that the rate of accident and injury goes up when you travel, as people put / find themselves in unfamiliar situations. Even less serious ‘injuries’ which travellers can expect (cuts bruises, blisters, insect bites etc.) add to the hazards faced and their seriousness can be magnified out of all proportion by the environment and location in which they occur.

The very nature of travel carries inherent dangers; for the ‘adventure traveller’ it is all about exploring an unknown world. They take part in activities that are unfamiliar with; hiking up volcanoes, white water rafting, throwing themselves off bridges with just elastic tied to their legs; diving reefs 30m below the surface; and most dangerous of all travelling by road… not necessarily considered the most ‘adventurous’ activity, but certainly one of the most dangerous.

Add other ailments; Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS); Travel Diarrhoea or 'Delhi Belly' / 'Montezuma’s Revenge'; motion sickness; sun burn, hyperthermia, etc. and it can seem like travel can be a real struggle, rather than a fun experience.

Have we put you off yet?

Don’t be; yes there are challenges to travelling, but with a little preparation risk reduction measures can be put into place which allow you to be proactive in your approach and reduce the risk and the impact of these ‘problems’.

Your first step should always be to visit your GP or a travel clinic, they will provide you with the medical solutions.

Do your own research so that you understand some of the risks you face and can take steps to reduce them.

Take the right equipment, enough to allow you to deal with the realistic first aid you may face, but not so much it will weigh down your pack and increase the number of blisters you get…

During our workshop we cover the main travel health issues and explain the preventative measures which combined with a visit to your GP or travel clinic will help significantly reduce the risk and the impact of travel health challenges.

Anyone attending our workshop will receive 10% off Travel Health Products from Nomad Travel & Outdoor.


Always consult your doctor or travel clinic before travelling!