The babymoon trend is becoming more popular as soon-to-be parents take that one last pre-baby vacation. It is a chance for a final getaway as a family of two, and an opportunity to relax before the sleepless nights begin. Travelling when pregnant can be safe but there are special health risks the mama-to-be must […]
We’ve all heard of malaria, dengue fever, typhoid fever and hepatitis. These are all common infectious diseases we hear about while traveling, especially in developing countries. But what about the lesser known infectious diseases? Like leptospirosis, which is actually the most common disease spread from animals to humans worldwide, with more than 1 million cases […]
Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is the most common vaccine-preventable cause of encephalitis (swelling of the brain) in Asia. With so many travellers exploring Asia one might assume this vaccine is extremely popular, but as it turns out,mostpeoplefrom Canada travel to Asia unprotected. There are several factors that might influence a person’s decision to get the JE […]
Travelling to South Africa? You’re in for the trip of a lifetime! Surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, this diverse nation is home to some of the most magnificent wildlife and scenery on the planet as well as an incredibly vibrant, multicultural population. At the southernmost tip of the African continent, the country’s distinct […]
The Himalayan Mountains in Nepal are a draw to many travellers. People travel from all over the world to catch a glimpse of the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest, standing at an impressive 8,848m (29,029ft). While about 600 people reach summit of Mount Everest each year, the region is a popular destination for thousands of […]
Studying abroad presents enriching and life changing opportunities. Study abroad can include internships, field studies, research, or community service projects. For any type of study abroad a key component of a successful experience is preparation, especial ly when travelling to countries where health and safety concerns differ from those in Canada. Below are some tips […]
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 country, but it is […]
Many clients seen at TravelSafe clinic have a lot of questions about dengue fever. What is it? Am I at risk? How do I know if I have dengue? Can I die from it? Is there a vaccine for dengue? There are currently several outbreaks of dengue fever worldwide, so here are answers to the […]
Many families consider spring break to be the light at the end of the winter tunnel, as Canadians across the country count down the chilly days. With the children off school for two weeks, spring break is an annual opportunity to escape to warmer climates and enjoy some fun in the sunshine. Our favourite destinations […]
You’ve gone for your pre-travel consultation, received the recommended vaccines, and are following all the travel-health advice given to you. Despite all your planning and best efforts, the unexpected has happened on your trip. Whether it’s a fever, diarrhea, weird rash, injury or animal bite you need to seek medical attention in a developing country. […]
Measles is a highly contagious disease spread by a virus easily transmitted though the air. It was once a common disease in Canada during childhood. Before the introduction of the measles vaccine the disease caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths worldwide and was a significant cause of disability. Measles is still common in many developing […]
A common misconceptionis that immigrants to Canada now returning home to a low or middle-income country to visit friends or family do not need vaccinations or travel health advice. While it is true that people living in certain countries build immunity to some diseases, that immunity is lost after moving away. These travellers, commonly known […]
Solo travel is empowering, family trips are filled with fun – but vacationing as a couple can truly form memories of a lifetime. A trip with your significant other has the ability to work wonders for your relationship, whether you’re embarking on a weekend getaway, staycation or multi-continent voyage. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we’ve […]
Whether you aresetting outon a weeklong tropical vacation – orsatisfying a travel cravingwith a six-month backpacking trip – packing for any type of getaway can be daunting. Seasoned travellers will agree that the general goal is to take only the necessities and nothing more, but this can become tricky when your itinerary is laden with a […]
Jamaica is the perfect destination for an all-inclusive getaway. If all you want to do is lie on the beach and drink Red Stripes, then Jamaica has no shortage of all-inclusive resorts to choose from. With its calm blue water, delicious food, and chill reggae vibes, this is an ideal destination for a week of […]
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