Looking after your health while you travel is up there on the most important things to consider on your gap year checklist. You won’t realise how important it is until something goes wrong – hopefully it won’t, obviously. Generally when people go on gap years they like to consider themselves a little more adventurous that normal – skydiving, swimming with sharks, getting drunk, having unprotected sex, there’s pretty much no end to the risks you put yourself under.
With the mix of germs and new environments your body takes a real beating and you need to look after it to ensure you go home as healthy as you were when you set out. Take note of the following advice on how to safeguard against diarrhoea, malaria and a whole host of other problems that could set you back on your world trip. We’ve also got some top advice on hospital treatment overseas, travel health preparation and some advice on the dirty parasites you could be subjected to on your travels. Enjoy.
If you're unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end from a kiss of a dengue-fever-ridden mosquito, you're in for a rough ride. Here's what to expect and how to deal with it.
In the UK, where you could probably get away with drinking water from a toilet bowl, it can be all too easy to forget that not all countries can claim to have such clean tap water.
It's not about getting sick while you're travelling, as Saunders and Ollie have found out over the course of their mini gap year. Here are their top tips to avoid it.
Ollie and Saunders reveal what jabs they had for their big trip along the Indochina route, and which ones they decided they were tough enough to skip.
Taking a gap year is the perfect way to get healthy and stay healthy. All that trekking and exploring in the hot sun and the pounds will just drop off.
Get ready to squirm. From fish which enter your vitals to worms which exit your face, these are five parasites that you’ll (probably) never get when travelling.
Your travels can be the best experience of your life; don't risk ruining them by not protecting yourself - make sure you follow some travel health tips.
What's it like to travel with a disability? Meet Ed, a travel blogger who isn't letting being deaf get in the way of backpacking across South East Asia.
As a backpacker, you're going to be exposed to sex. Whether or not you're interested in sex while travelling, I can assure you that others around you will be.
Counterfeit medicines are quite simply medicines which are not ‘what they say on the label'. They can do more harm than good so here's what to look out for.
Traveller's diarrhoea can be a nightmare for any backpacker, but there are some simple hints and tips to avoid getting a case of traveller's diarrhoea.
Malaria prevention is extremely important and it's vital to protect yourself against malaria when travelling to certain parts of the world on your gap year.
Before commencing overseas travel it is important to obtain the relevant vaccines. We are not going to provide a list of recommendations here but instead provide you with some information about some of the diseases that can be acquired overseas. In order to decide if you need vaccines and malaria tablets for your trip you should talk to a qualified health care professional.
Do anti-malarials effect the pill? What should you do if you get Thrush or Cystitis whilst travelling? Can you buy tampons and sanitary towels all over the world? When should you take the pill when crossing time-zones? These are all questions asked before travelling. Read this article to find out some of the answers.
This article is one for the girls. It's been written by gapyear.com girls who have travelled and had some experiences on the road. It's packed full of advice that may help you on your adventures in the future. It may also put a smile on your face, so get reading. And remember, be prepared for everything!
There is no combination more ideal for meeting a new partner; sun, beach, cheap alcohol and nothing else to worry about. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are on the rise, not just amongst young people back home, but even more so amongst young travellers. Research has shown that over 50% of travellers have sex with more than two partners whilst out on the road.
Most common serious ailments that affect travellers are contracted either by the bite of an infected animal or insect, by ingestion of contaminated food or water or by close contact with infected individuals. Certain measures can be taken to avoid contracting an illness transmitted by the first two routes. Here's my guide to 'Staying Healthy on Your Travels'.
You've had your injections, packed your first aid kid and spent a fortune on sunscreen. You're all ready to head off into the unknown, right? Well not quite. As well as general travel health stuff - women have some special health issues to consider and a little extra preparation will maximise the chance of healthy, worry-free travels.
You've planned your route, bought your tickets and started applying for visas. Planning to go travelling can be time-consuming and sometimes stressful, and if you take regular medication for a pre-existing condition, you might have additional concerns about hitting the road. However, there's no need for sleepless nights as long as you prepare well in advance.
In this guide I cover the basic health issues that you should know about before you travel. However, this guide is not a substitute for a personal consulation with your GP or you local travel clinic. You should seek personal, professional advice about these issues, whether you're at home or whilst travelling.