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.
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