Are you planning to undertake a new adventure that involves travel in 2015? Heading away to explore a new country, help those in need or study abroad are all experiences guaranteed to make your year spectacular. However, these kinds of trips have certain health risks that you should be aware of before you set off. 

To help keep you safe on your travels, Tropical Medical Bureau have listed some of their top travel health and safety tips – essential reading for anyone heading off on the journey of a lifetime!


People who go backpacking are looking to experience things they never have before but it is important that they take precautions to avoid unpleasant situations. As backpackers tend to travel to multiple destinations, they generally require a more extensive vaccine programme. If you are backpacking you need to make sure you leave enough time prior to your departure to complete these vaccinations courses.


Helping those in need is an amazing way to spend 2015 but making sure you’re prepared for the health risks that may face you is important. Go for a pre-departure health check confirming you are in good health and make sure all of your vaccines are up-to-date. Should you fall ill while volunteering, TMB have a 24/7 emergency phone line as well as an international network of clinics.

Studying abroad

Furthering your education abroad is a fantastic resolution but before packing your books and saying goodbye you should take the time to educate yourself on how to stay safe. Research the country you are visiting and make sure you have all recommended vaccinations. Although many students are on a budget, it’s crucial to spend money on decent insect repellent and sun cream as insect bites and sunburn have the potential to ruin the experience.   

Siobhan Grehan, Director of Nursing at Tropical Medical Bureau said, “Being aware of the main health risk factors can go a long way towards helping you stay healthy and well on your travels.”
She continued, “Having the back-up of a 24/7 urgent medical support service can also be lifesaving or at least lessen some of the more common causes of anxiety associated with illness overseas.”

Tropical Medical Bureau have 20 clinics nationwide.

For further information on vaccinations or to book an appointment, please contact the Tropical Medical Bureau on 1850 487674 or visit