3 Things to always remember when traveling.... 1 – Check with your doctor well before traveling that your vaccinations are up to date as some require boosters, or you may need new shots and make sure your basic vaccinations like tetanus, measles/mumps/rubella, diphtheria, hepatitis A and B etc are current and read up on how to be a healthy traveler. 2 – Take a first aid kit with you stocked up with everything you might need – see our handy list of what to pack in a holiday first aid kit. 3 – Common sense applied wherever you are in the world; avoid ice cubes, drink only bottled water, avoid salad and avoid food that isn’t hot throughout. See our blog post on the common travel diseases and how to avoid them.Yellow Fever – Mosquitoes (yet again) carry the viral yellow fever disease with symptoms including flu-like signs and a fever. Yellow fever is more prevalent in South America and sub-Saharan Africa so make sure you get vaccinated prior to travel and follow the same advice under Malaria. Dengue Fever - This nasty sounding disease is also attributed to pesky mosquitoes! Symptoms of dengue fever included severe flu-like symptoms and muscle and joint pain. Parts of the Caribbean, South Pacific, Asia, Latin America and Africa are affected and the same advice for avoiding mosquitoes applies as above under Malaria. Norovirus – There have been several outbreaks of the Norovirus on board cruise ships lately, as large groups of people in close confines is a breeding ground for the disease. Norovirus is pretty unpleasant with symptoms including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, but is rarely fatal. The virus causes gastroenteritis and spreads through contaminated food and water and food and unfortunately there is no prevention or treatment. Lyme Disease – The bacteria from infected tick bites can cause Lyme Disease and is found in forest areas of Asia and Europe and in certain areas of North America. Make sure you use repellants to avoid symptoms including rashes, headaches and fevers. Typhoid – Another disease to look out for is typhoid which is spread through contaminated food and drink via a bacteria. South Asia, Africa, South and Central America and the Caribbean are higher risk areas and typhoid, which you can (and should) be vaccinated against if traveling to a high-risk area, can be fatal.