New Years Travel Resolutions – What to know before you go

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Press release date: 19th January 2015

Do your New Year’s resolutions involve travel to somewhere new and exciting 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, there are certain health issues to be aware of before you set off on your adventure!

Tropical Medical Bureau have put together some of their top travel health tips and checks to help make sure your 2015 travel plans are trouble free.


People who go backpacking are looking to experience things they never have before but it is important 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.

Silver surfer travellers

Many people believe that travel is not advisable for those of a certain age. However, with the right precautions, older people can still fulfil their 2015 travel resolutions! Visit one of the TMB clinics throughout Ireland or your local GP before you leave to determine your level of health and prepare for what issues may affect you on your trip. You should also find out if your insurance policy will cover local medical care and take the time to properly label any medication you may need.


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

Futhering 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 correctly vaccinated and more aware of the main health risk factors at your destination 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 life saving 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
Michelle Ryan
Phone: 083 1042620

Michael Collins
Phone: 086 8583585

Niamh Waters
Phone: 086 0492394

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