Matthew Hood is a documentary filmmaker/cinematographer who spends most of his life on the road shooting the planet’s natural beauty. But in 2020 like many Canadian travellers Matt was forced to stay closer to home because of the COVID pandemic. Grounded but still needing regular PCR testing, Matt came to TravelSafe and he’s been coming […]
Do you have diabetes and are planning to travel? While travelling with diabetes does take some extra planning, it doesn’t mean you need to miss out on seeing the world. Preparation is key to a healthy and stress-free trip. In this week’s blog I’ll outline the essentials to consider when planning your trip, to ensure […]
Destination Zanzibar Do you dream of endless white sandy beaches? A vibrant culture? Flavourful food? Look no further than Zanzibar, a tropical archipelago off Tanzania’s coast in the Indian Ocean. As someone who has visited this tropical paradise three times I can attest to Zanzibar’s rich culture and beauty. If you have visited Tanzania’s mainland […]
If you’re looking for a unique travel experience that will not fail to deliver Bhutan is just what the doctor ordered. Late last year, TravelSafe’s Dr. Wendy Amirault joined the adventure cycling group People Cycling to tangle with the Thunder Dragon. They were among the first foreigners to head to the world’s only Buddhist kingdom […]
Rabies Vaccination for Travellers: Shortened Vaccine Series Now Available! When you hear the word rabies do images of dogs frothing at the mouth come to mind? Usually this is something we see only in the movies, but when travelling to developing countries the risk of rabies becomes real and serious. While dogs are the main […]
Are you planning your first all-inclusive vacation and not sure what to expect? To begin with, expect nothing less than an incredible holiday. I used to swear that an all-inclusive vacation wasn’t for me. I liked backpacking, adventuring, and exploring off-the beaten path. Boy was I wrong! After my first all-inclusive vacation I was sold. […]
Healthy Sexuality and Travel It’s easy to get caught up in the exhilaration of a holiday romance. The combination of sun, sand, cheap alcohol, and care-free lifestyle create the ideal scenario for meeting a new love interest abroad. An estimated 1 in 5 travellers have sex with a new partner while travelling in a foreign […]
If you consider yourself a mosquito magnet then you’re not alone. Mosquitos absolutely love me (maybe because I am just so sweet). I always need to use really good insect precautions when I travel. Luckily there are vaccines for some mosquito borne diseases, including the potentially serious and fatal yellow fever disease. I was sure […]
Have you seen the commercials on TV for the Twinrix vaccine? The commercial shows a tropical destination where hepatitis A could be a risk through contaminated food, ice in a drink, or contaminated pool water. It also shows that hepatitis B could be a risk through contaminated spa tools. Hepatitis A and B are viruses […]
In this blog post the boss’s sister Amanda goes to popular Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to help a friend celebrate her birthday. There are a lot of different ways to travel the world but Amanda’s the type who likes to get her hands in the dirt. She’s equally at home off-the-beaten-track engaging with the locals as […]
DEET, icaridin, citronella, eucalyptus – the choices for insect repellentsare almost endless! But are they all equally effective? When you’re travelling to areas around the world with mosquito born diseases like malaria, yellow fever, dengue, zika, chikungunya or Japanese encephalitis, you want to make sure you’re protected. Here are some things you should know about […]
There was once a time where I could travel at the drop of the hat. A deal would pop up and I’d be on a plane the next week. These days, with a 2 year old at home and another baby on the way, travelling takes a little more preparation. You’re not alone if the […]
We often hear about pneumonia, but it can sometimes be confusing as there are many different causes of pneumonia. Pneumonia can be caused by COVID-19and the flu, which are both examples of viral pneumonia caused by viruses that infect the lungs. Pneumonia can also be caused by fungus and bacteria. Did you know that bacterial […]
Embarking on a cruise is an ideal holiday for some rest and relaxation. It’s also a great way to visit many destinations and explore new places across the globe. From cruising to Alaska or around the Caribbean, to going up the Amazon River, or around Africa, there is a cruise suited for every type of […]
Are You a Healthy Adult ≥ 50 Years of Age? Or Maybe You’re < 50 but Immunocompromised? It’s Time to Think About Shingles.
Shingles can be a pain. Literally. Shingles, also known as the herpes zoster virus, is a blister-type rash along a nerve pathway that causes pain and paresthesia (sensation of pricking or tingling). It often appears on the body or face and may last 2-4 weeks. Other symptoms can include fever, headache, nausea, and chills. Pain […]
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