A family with sparklers celebrating Diwali the festival of light

Happy Diwali! 4 Best Places to Celebrate the Festival of Lights

Diwali, often referred to as the festival of lights, is one of the most famous and celebrated Indian festivals in the world. In Sanskrit, ‘Diwali’ means ‘row of lights’ and the festival is a celebration of triumph of good over …

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Bathe Yourself in Brilliant Blues of the Philippines

With over 7000 tropical islands, the Philippines makes a fantastic beach holiday, with clear blue seas, year round warm weather and plenty of diving and snorkelling opportunities. The Philippines is extremely budget friendly, so is an ideal destination for backpackers …

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Thailand: Avoid the world’s deadliest creature!

So what is the world’s deadliest creature? The shark? The snake? The crocodile? Wrong! The world’s deadliest creature by far is the mosquito! These insects are vectors for many deadly diseases. There are vaccines available for some of these diseases, but sadly not all – …

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Two men and two women leaning on a car with hands raised, overlooking the ocean

Travelling to Visit Friends and Relatives Overseas

All travellers should prepare themselves when travelling to countries where there are potential health risks, but those visiting friends and relatives have a particularly high risk of acquiring infections.

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People celebrating Color Holi festival in India

A Guide to India's Best Festivals

India is a very spiritual country and religious festivals paint a true picture of Indian culture. They are a huge part of what makes this country unique. With so many exciting celebrations it can be a tricky task knowing which to visit. This guide to India’s best festivals includes information on our favourite festivals and advice on how to stay healthy while you’re there.

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Chikungunya fever, artists impression

Chikungunya fever: Signs, symptoms and what to do

Chikungunya fever is a viral disease transmitted via bites from infected mosquitoes. The disease has been identified in parts of Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. At present, the Caribbean and Central America are experiencing a number of outbreaks. The illness …

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Staying safe in the sun

When travelling to hot and sunny destinations it is vital that you do all you can to protect yourself from harmful rays of the sun. Excessive sun exposure can cause skin cancer and skin ageing. A high factor sun cream (no …

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Yellow Fever: the vaccine and possible side effects

Yellow fever is a viral infection that is transmitted by mosquitoes found in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America. If you’re travelling to sub-Saharan Africa or tropical South America, here is everything you need to know about yellow fever and the vaccine.

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Dengue Fever: What you need to know

Dengue fever is a virus which is spread by mosquito bites. At present there is no vaccine for Dengue fever, so all precautions should be taken to minimise the chance of being bitten. Dengue is rife in many parts of the …

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Bed covered by a mosquito net and hammock in a hut

Mosquito nets for the tropics

If you are backpacking around the tropics, a good quality mosquito net is a vital item to add to your packing list. Many low budget hostels and hotels abroad do not have air conditioning or provide mosquito nets for guests. It …

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