One thing that is often forgotten about in terms of travel is sexual health. The sun tan lotion, the clothes are all packed but commonly enough items such as condoms, and specific vaccinations are easily dismissed, forgotten or both.

Evidence is clear that many young travelers admit to having unprotected sex while abroad. One recent study in regards to UK travelers, showed that one in 10 men and one in 20 women reported having sex with a new partner while abroad. Among this group, nearly three-quarters of men and more than half of women reported having sex with at least one new partner from outside the UK while overseas. Sexual contact can be much riskier abroad, as sexually transmitted diseases can often be higher in rate in many of the countries you visit.

This makes it is incredibly important that you get good sexual health advice during any travel consultation. Diseases that you can catch if not taking precautions include HIV, Hepatitis B, Gonorrhoea, Syphillis, Chlamydia, Herpes and even Scabies and Public Lice, both of which can not only be transmitted by unprotected sex but also via prolonged intimate contact. Some of these infections can be more serious than others. Gonorrhoea, for example, can cause symptoms very quickly but others can be silent for some time and may linger on for many years without any symptoms, like chlamydia. Chlamydia can cause infertility many years later, when the holiday romance has long been forgotten.

Some of these diseases are vaccine preventable, such as Hepatitis B. However, some key things you must do and include – bringing condoms, avoid sex with professional sex workers, limit the amount of alcohol you drink and as mentioned, get vaccinated.

However, the ultimate message is this - if you end up meeting someone, before you decide to get passionate, there should be one more thing on your mind: safe sex.

Tropical Medical Bureau offer Sexual Health Advice, Vaccinations and Screenings in the clinics nationwide. Find your closest clinic HERE.

For more information about sexual health you can also visit

This post was contributed by Dr Kunal D Patel who is a Travel and Tropical Health Physician and Global Health Expert working at the intersections of Digital Health and developing world healthcare training and education. Among many things he is the Medical Director of iHeed, an online medical education platform. Dr Patel also runs a popular podcast called The Doctor Paradox. Listen to it Here

GET Festival Ready with Boots


Pop into your local Boots Store and shop all your Festival Essentials.

From the all-important Sun-cream lotion to the “can’t do without” Baby Wipes, Boots have got you covered. 

Suncare: Most Important, protect yourself from the suns UV rays. Apply suncream 15 minutes before going into the sun. Reapply when in the sun every 1-2 hours and always after swimming or towelling. Apply generously using 2-3 tablespoons full of product for the entire body. Rub in well : From €5


Soap & Glory : Forbidden Fruit, Indiependence or Electric Picnic? Whichever one you're heading to, get festival ready with the Soap & Glory Happy Glamper kit - now only €20.

Soap&Glory Dry Shampoo: Friction-activated TOUCH-RELEASE™ technology gives your hair a gorgeous burst of mandarin rose and bergamot whenever you run your fingers through it. Nice dry, girls & boys! €3.89

Tanning : COLLECTION is making it even-easier to look bronzed and beautiful this summer with the brand new face and body instant bronzer, Bronze Me! Instant Tan €5.4

Cuticura Hand Gel :alcohol and fragrance-free formulation, helps protect your hands against harmful bacteria. Proven skin kindness. Contains Aloe Vera and Chamomile. €1.25

Johnson’s Baby Wipes : Perfect to use all over skin, including delicate faces. €1

Boots Simply Sensitive Wipes : FREE FROM: fragrance, colour and ingredients known to be sensitive to your skin €2.49

Botanics Wipes : These gentle non-drying wipes quickly and effectively cleanse skin of oil, daily impurities and make up, including waterproof formulations Only €3.

VEET: designed for use on the face, underarms and bikini area where skin is more sensitive and requires more gentleness. It's quick and gentle with cutting blades that don't touch the skin, so no fear of cuts! Use the desired trimmer head to achieve the perfect shape of your brows or bikini line. Use on dry skin only. Now €20 Save €13.99


Skincare: Save up to half price on selected skincare including Tanning. 

Get Festival prepped for the best value with Boots now.

Don't forget to swipe your Student Leap Card at the till for the best savings! 

Great Tastes of America


Planning for the summer J1 is well underway and to get you excited you can now explore America at McDonald’s as the Great Taste of America is back until the 27th June. 4 great tasting all American style burgers each around for 2 weeks.  

All burgers have two 100% Irish Beef Burgers, Bacon and filled with iconic toppings from different states. The New York Stack has a sesame & poppy seed New York bagel and is available in stores until the 16th May. The South Carolina Stack has a sweet Carolina sauce and will be in stores from the 17th- 30th May. The next state we reach is Louisiana and this Stack is for the lovers of hot & spicy as it is topped with Tabasco ketchup. The Louisiana Stack is in store from the 31st May- 13th June. The Tennessee Stack is available from the 14th June- 27th June and has a Tennessee style BBQ sauce in a flour topped bun. 

So for the lucky people going to on a J1, try these burgers and prepare your taste buds for the American experience. For everyone who is not heading to America this summer, you can also pop into McDonald’s and try the Great Taste of America, after all it’s the next best thing. 

Island Hopping in Greece


Go Greek Island Hopping to finish out the summer in serious style! 

SAYIT Travel have put together a package including flights, accommodation and transfers to and from Ios and Mykonos.

Depart: Aug 24th      DUBLIN-ATHENS     05:55/12:05
Return: Aug 31st        ATHENS-DUBLIN     12:45/15:05

2 X 10KG Hand Luggage Included


Aug 24TH:       1 Night Athens @ 3*Best Western Pygathorian Hotel
                         Standard Room- self catering

Aug 25TH:       Ferry from Athens to Ios
                         Depart: 07:15  Arrive: 11:05
                         2 Nights @ 2*Homers Inn
                         Standard Room- self catering

Aug 27TH:       Ferry from Ios to Mykonos
                         Depart: 11:30  Arrive: 13:05
                         4 Nights @ 4*Giannoulaki Hotel
                         Twin Room- self catering

Aug 31ST:        Hotel Check Out
                        Ferry from Mykonos to Athens
                        Depart: 14:40  Arrive: 17:00
                        Price per Person: €955PP X 2

All of the above details and costings are subject to availability when booking


St Patricks Weekend events- GET YOUR GREEN ON!


St Patrick's Day doesn't have to be the old salty bacon and boiled cabbage dinner followed by an over 'Oirish', night out in a sweaty over-packed pub! There is a lot going across Ireland with more and more interesting, cultural and fun events popping up each year on the day and beyond. 

We've had a look and found a few that might take you off the beaten track and get you into the green spirit. No matter what you do we hope you have a lot of fun getting your green on! 

1. The Parades

Yes! There are parades in towns and cities across the nation from the huge floats of Dublin to the Tractors and trailers of Athy's main street, why not head to a parade, support the communities involved and soak up the atmosphere. You never know what you might see and it's a great way to get into the Paddy's day mood. 

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2. Open Air Cinema

As part of the St Patricks festival Jim Sheridan's film 'In America' will be shown in the grounds of Swords Castle @7.30 on Thurs March 16th. It is the story of an Irish family emigrating to New York in the 80's. This is a lovely chance to see a great directors work in gorgeous surroundings.....and it's free! So grab the blankets and the picnic basket! There is a screening of the briliant 'Sing Street' on the saturday too!  See Details and book your free ticket HERE

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3. The Boat Race of Rivals

The 69th Annual Colours Boat Race takes place in the heart of Dublin City on Saturday March 18th. This is an annual head to head between the endless rivals UCD and TCD which starts at O'Connell Bridge and ends at St James Gate. The first of 4 races kicks off at 1.30pm and is sure to be exciting. So whether you are #trinners4winners o #ucd4life get down to the Liffey and show your support. See here for further details


4. City at Play: Funfairs

For the young at heart, Custom House Quay and Merrion Square will turn into funfairs for the festival which lets you let loose and shake off the stresses of all them assignments! Jump on the Walzters, chomp on some Candy Floss and try out some thrill-seeking rides right in the middle of Dublin. What more would you want! 


5. Truly have the 'Craic' for Comic Relief

Dara O'Briain, Deirdre O'Kane, Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne, Panti Bliss, Des Bishop, PJ Gallagher, Ardal O'Hanlon, Abandoman, Al Porter..... need I go on! This superstar list of amazingly funny Irish comedians are giving their time, and best lines, for Comic Relief this Paddy's Day with an epic stand-up Gala in the 3 Arena. There are still some tickets left so if you really want to feel Irish on St Patricks day.... laugh your arse off and have the craic for charity. Tickets available HERE


6. Young Blood: The Beats and Voices of Our Generation

The National Concert Hall's programme has certainly blown the dust off it's covers over the past few years and now works to showcase the diversity of music and artists in Ireland and abroad. This Saturday, March 18th, they have an exciting line-up of contemporary, forwarding thinking artists who are driving forward music, spoken word, poetry and the vision of Irish Arts now and in the future. The evening will include Tallaght rap trio HareSquead, the recently Choice Prize awarded Rusangano Family and the always inspiring Emmet Kirwan amongst many other wonderful contemporaries. If you are looking for the heart of Irish culture today.... look towards the NCH. Full details HERE


7. Head to a real Session

You might think Traditional Irish music is just all diddly-iddle-dee or Daniel O'Donnell but until you've experienced the power of real musics in a real trad session you haven't experienced Ireland! St Patrick's day is like christmas for trad musicians as, with the focus on culture and tradition, sessions are welcomed in pubs in every town across the country. So check with your local, get in early to grab a seat and soak up the talents that our many, many irish trad musicians have to offer. You could even go one step further and check out the talent at the Kilkenny Trad fest, Details HERE


8. Run for St Patrick! 

If you still have any energy left from all the shenanigans why not challenge yourself and get a group of friends together to do the St Patrick's day 5KM Run in St Stephens Green. It is free, it is healthy and it is a great way to see this part of the city in another way. There'll be entertainment and a great atmosphere to soak in while you smugly cross the finish line knowing that you've done a good thing! Go on.... Run like the snakes ran away from St Patrick! Even though the poor snakes didn't have legs which was clearly an unfair advantage on Paddy's part!  REGISTER for the run HERE


No matter what you do this St Patrick's weekend, make sure you plan your travel, keep in touch with friends when you're out and about and make sure you get home safely. Happy St Patrick's Day! 

Tips for visiting family overseas at Christmas


1. With more and more Irish people moving abroad, many people are now choosing to travel and spend Christmas with their loved ones overseas.

2. Whether it be family living in the "Land Down-Under", working in South East Asia or relocating Stateside, many parents and siblings are venturing abroad over the holiday season to be reunited.

3. If you're jetting off to Southeast Asia, Central America or South America over the festive period, it's important to think about the vaccinations you require.

4. While it's never too late to vaccinate, Tropical Medical Bureau usually recommend that you get your immunisations, where possible, six to eight weeks before travelling. Even at this stage it is worthwhile getting cover against the main diseases which may be a risk.

5. You may be recommended to have cover against tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis A. However a course of injections may be recommended in some cases against diseases like hepatitis B and rabies for some undertaking longer or possibly high risk trips to countries such as Thailand, Peru and Indonesia.

6. The experienced professionals at Tropical Medical Bureau will be able to talk you through your options and give advice about how to stay healthy on your getaway. The last thing you'll want is to spend Christmas Day bed-bound with some nasty illness!

7. If you are heading overseas for Christmas you'll also need to take care with your food and drink choices. It is safe to say that you may not be tucking into a traditional turkey dinner in India, Thailand or Brazil, so choose your restaurants carefully, and always stick with correctly sealed bottled water!

8. It is important to remember that while your family members who have been living abroad for some time will be more immune to local illnesses and their bodies will have adapted to local surroundings. It's important to protect yourself against mosquito bites that could be carrying some nasty diseases you won't find at home!

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

Using your Student Leap Card on the Luas


Do you use your Student Leap Card on Luas? If so, make sure you Touch On before boarding a tram and Touch Off when leaving a tram.

There are validators at every Luas stop and you can use the validator on either platform. Hold your Student Leap Card to the validator and wait for the beep before removing it.

There are many benefits to Touching On and Off with your Student Leap Card with Luas;

1.    Avoid Fare Evasion

If you don’t Touch On before boarding a Luas you may receive a Standard Fare Notice of €45 or you may be prosecuted for Fare Evasion. Make sure you Touch On and your card will be valid for travel.

2.    Save Money

Touch Off at your end destination so you don’t overpay. By Touching Off you are letting  Leap know you’ve completed your journey and you’ll be charged the correct fare

3.    Avail of Discounts

If you take two or more journeys within 90 minutes of each other on Luas an automatic discount will apply to the second and subsequent fares. For more details see Leap 90 [].

4.    Avail of Capping

If you make lots of trips with your Student Leap Card in 1 day or 1 week (Mon-Sun) on Luas, Leap Card will automatically cap the price so you don’t spend any more than you need to. Once you hit the cap you can continue to travel on Luas and you won’t be charged for additional journeys. You can find more details on Capping on the Leap Card website [].


Touch On your Leap Card to go on your way,

Touch Off when you’re done so you don’t over pay!

To find out how you could win a Leap Card with €10 credit check out the Luas Facebook page!

Get Planning your next adventure


The trick to getting through the long hours of study and stress is to give yourself something to look forward to. An amazing holiday with your mates could be just the thing.........

Contact for full details

Go Ski-ing! 

Fly from Dublin to Andorra on 5th march and spend 7 nights in Hotel Arinsal on B&B basis from only €489 p.p, based on 2 sharing.

USA and Canada Airfare

We have some excellent student airfares for the USA & Canada - book now for 2017 and secure your seat with a deposit of only €50, balance to be paid 6 weeks before departure.


Return Airfares:

NYC from only €470 

San Francisco from only €520

Los Angeles from only €530

Las Vegas from only €545

Chicago from only €590

Toronto from only €510 


One way airfares:

NYC from only €320

San Francisco from only €340

Los Angeles from only €350

Vancouver from only €350

Chicago from only €320

Toronto from only €250


Valid for travel from January to June 2017, subject to availability

City breaks


Amsterdam break - fly Dublin to Amsterdam & spend 2 nights aboard a floating hotel - the Amstel Botel in a twin or double room on B&B basis - for only €175 pps

Krakow break - fly Dublin to Krakow & spend 2 nights in The Secret Garden Hostel in a twin  or double room on B&B basis - for only €149 pps.

* Why not add a trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial for €38 pp

Barcelona break - fly Dublin to Barcelona & spend 2 nights in the quirky Acta Mimic Hotel in a twin or double room - for only €129 pps.

* why not add on a trip to the legendary Nou Camp for only €25 pp

Travel January - March 2017, subject to availability


Festival and Camping tips for Electric Picnic


Music lovers have plenty to smile about over the summer months. Now, more than ever before, amazing festivals are taking place in all corners of the country. There’s nothing quite like soaking up the chilled out vibes, singing along to your favourite tunes and spending an exciting few days with your best pals.


While fun and games are pretty much guaranteed, attending festivals also goes hand in hand with experiencing some inevitable discomforts. We’ve compiled a list of top ten festival tips to ensure you are as prepared as possible and get the most from your festival– especially if you’re attending Electric Picnic this weekend!


1. Beware of the sun and insects

Remember to pack plenty of sun cream and insect repellent. Bad sun burn or lots of nasty, itchy bites are a sure fire way to ruin your festival experience. Reapply as necessary to keep your skin safe and the bugs at bay.


2. Plan your schedule

Get your hands on the line-up schedule before you go and decide which bands you want to prioritise seeing. You really don’t want to miss out on your favourite act because of lack of planning. Factor in resting time between the different sets – you’re sure to get tired being on your feet all day.


3. Drink lots of water

Many festivals have free water refilling stations so make sure you carry a bottle around with you at all times. Staying hydrated greatly reduces your risk of getting sunstroke and feeling unwell. If you’re not too sure about the quality of water, just use some purification tablets.


4. Pack festival essentials

Facilities at music festivals are few and far between so make sure you bring the right toiletries. Dry shampoo, hand sanitizer and plenty of baby wipes are a given.  Other useful items include an eye mask, ear plugs and a torch. And don’t forget the toilet roll!


5. Be sensible with alcohol

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in the sun makes for a dangerous combination. Not only does it greatly increase the risk of accidents, it can cause headaches, dizziness and nausea – definitely not what you want! Pace yourself and drink water in between alcoholic beverages.


6. Buy decent camping equipment

If you’re camping, make sure your tent is waterproof before you set off. There’s nothing worse than waking up in a pool of water! While you’re at it, pack a decent sleeping mat, pillow and sleeping bag. Getting a decent night’s sleep helps you to feel energised during the day and properly enjoy the music.


7. Charge your devices

Can’t live without your smart phone? Fear not! Investing in a mobile power bank will allow you to charge your device multiple times over the weekend. You’ll still be able to keep in contact with your mates and take as many photos as you like.


8. Pack sensible clothing

You might want to embrace festival boho chic but remember, you will be lying in a field in the middle of the night. Plenty of layers and a change of clothes are definitely advised. Wellies and big comfy socks will keep your feet warm and dry if it rains.


9. Eat healthily

On a tight budget? Bring snacks with you that won’t go off. Cereal bars, crackers and nuts are fantastic for keeping you going in between acts. If you’re buying food onsite be wary of anything that looks undercooked or has been sitting in the sun for too long. Getting food poisoning at a music festival is enough to put you off for life!


10. Mind your stuff

Festivals are a great place to make new friends but you still need to be wary of your belongings at all times – not everyone’s intentions may be the same. Leave valuables like fancy cameras or laptops at home and hide your money and phone in your tent when you sleep.


So there you have it, some top tips to see you through Electric Picnic! The most important piece of advice – have fun! Festivals are amazing opportunities to meet fellow music lovers, get up close and personal with your favourite bands and even discover some new ones. A little preparation goes a long way towards ensuring you have an incredible time!



From September 1st 2016, the price of the Student Leap Card is dropping to just €10!

That’s a whole price-drop from €15 to just €10….. meaning even more value for students than ever.
So make sure you pick-up your Student Leap Card this September to get the best student savings across public transport and our retail brands.

The Student Leap Card is available from our Agents at many Students Unions, by postal application, or from any of our crews on our nationwide Roadshow Tour – find out more here: (include link to Website)

Our aim is to make sure students can get the best value and best savings. This means for an individual who uses public transport regularly you could save back the €10 price of the Student Leap Card in an average of 3-4 days, and then you have the whole life of the card to make savings, through-out the whole year! 

The 2016/17 Student Leap Card will be valid from September 1st 2016 to December 31st 2017. 

For info on how to get the card see HERE

Click HERE for information about our express agents. 

We hope you enjoy travelling and saving with your New, even better value, 2016-17 Student Leap Card! 


Advice for Volunteering Abroad


How to ensure you look after yourself when volunteering abroad this summer. 

Volunteering abroad is a life-changing experience but there are many aspects to consider before offering up your time to help others. As well as being enriching and getting the chance to do your part for people in need, volunteering abroad comes with many responsibilities, not just to those you are helping but to yourself. It is important that you look after your own health and needs while you are away, devoting your time to those less fortunate.

Choose an issue close to your heart

The best place to start is by looking for a group that works with issues about which you feel particularly strong about. While volunteering for any organisation in need is very admirable, working with a group that is close to your heart will make you even more passionate about your work. Take some time, look at what is needed where and choose yours wisely. There are many organisations who put together volunteering packages to help get you on your way.

Volunteering Abroad – Research your destination

It is very difficult to maintain any level of fitness while overseas. Make sure you research your destination so you can see what you need to do to stay healthy. One thing you can do is to ensure that you always have access to clean drinking water by bringing water purification tablets.

Consider what you have to offer

When choosing where to devote your time, take the skills that you have to offer into consideration. Play to your strengths and use your time volunteering wisely by using the talents that you already have. For example if you are good with computers or technology or have a knack for working with children then you might be able to slot into a role without too much training beforehand.

Put the organisation’s needs first

While you may have a particular idea of what role you would like to take on, it is wise to look at the organisation as a whole and see exactly what their needs are first. In some instances what groups need most are more hands on deck such as drivers, cleaners, cooks. Every little helps!

Don’t take on too much

Sun exposure and lack of clean water may lead to dehydration especially if the workload is heavy. Pace yourself and don’t take on too much at once. Exciting as the experience is, homesickness often strikes so the support of your new colleagues is essential.

Take care of your health

It’s no fun being sick overseas so many organisations insist on a medical certification confirming that you are in good general health. Make sure that your required vaccines are up-to-date and issues relating to malaria prophylaxis are clearly understood.

For more travel health tips and advice call into your local TMB travel health clinic and speak to one of our qualified professionals. Our experts will guide you through the health requirements for your destination, telling you all you need to know about vaccinations, mosquito bite prevention and food hygiene.