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17/07/2019

How To Prevent Altitude Sickness When Climbing Kilimanjaro

Preventing Altitude Sickness is a key factor to success when trying to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. But what is Altitude sickness? What are the symptoms? And how can you avoid it! This guide will hopefully answer all of those questions and more! Altitude Sickness – “I’m really fit, I’ll be OK, won’t I?” Not necessarily. Everybody responds to altitude differently and unfortunately if you have not been at altitude before you will not know how you will cope! I have been cycling at 4650m above sea level in Bolivia and believe me that... Read More

17/07/2019

Everything You Need To Know About Climbing Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro Soon? Don’t forget about Malaria, Altitude Sickness and Water! Climbing Africa’s highest mountain is not an easy feat. Mt Kilimanjaro is found in Tanzania and is 5895m (19340ft) above sea level. Every year nearly 16,500 climb hike to the summit. Most make it but many don’t carry on reading to find out why! Fact: Did you know that Mount Kilimanjaro is comprised of 3 dormant volcanic cones  Where Is Mount Kilimanjaro? Kilimanjaro is located in the Kilimanjaro National Park close to the border of Tanzania and Kenya. It... Read More

29/11/2018
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World Malaria Report 2018

We have just had the opportunity to digest the latest World Health Organisations report on Malaria, and it makes for some interesting reading. In 2017 there were a reported 219 million cases of malaria worldwide compared with 239 million cases in 2010. Whilst it is great news that we have seen a reduction, it is a stark reminder that malaria is present and the global disease burden is still present. Despite significant amounts of money being invested (upwards of $3.1 billion) in the eradication of malaria, significant progress has not been... Read More

25/10/2018
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Travelling Abroad for Diwali?

Are you celebrating Diwali abroad this year? Make sure you are prepared before you travel! When it comes to travelling abroad, preparation is everything, especially for Diwali. The more you plan and prepare increases the likelihood of a more enjoyable and stress-free journey. Plan for the area or event you are travelling to. Think about everything, from transport to medicines. Do the bulk of the work before you set off, as having that handy pack of paracetamol on you is easier than having to source it locally. What Is The Diwali... Read More

15/10/2018

Backpack Packing Tips

Have you ever wanted to go backpacking around the world? Tickets booked, money saved, days crossed off from the calendar… Going on a holiday is a great adventure. On top of the ‘usual’ leisure holidays, backpacking has been on the rise since the past few years. With air travel becoming more accessible, a gap year is now often spent in Asia, Australia, or South America. Regardless of your travel destination, if you are hoisting your luggage on your back you need to think about your packing. Not only can you not... Read More

01/08/2018

Travelling With An Allergy

An allergy is when the body’s immune system mistakes something relatively harmless as harmful and overreacts. One thing to remember before we begin is that an allergy is different from a sensitivity or an intolerance. A sensitivity is where the effect of something is exaggerated and an intolerance is where a substance will cause an unpleasant effect (eg diarrhoea). Symptoms It is estimated that as many as 1 in 4 people in the UK suffer from an allergy at some point in their life. Among the most common triggers for... Read More

27/06/2018

Everything You Need To Know About Travelling With Diabetes

It is estimated that over 4 million people in the UK are living with diabetes. Although diabetes can be considered a very debilitating condition, it should not be considered a barrier to travel. However, the need to be prepared and plan ahead is imperative. Here are some useful tips to help you along the way! Before You Go Consult a travel clinic/GP at least 6-8 weeks prior to travel to discuss vaccinations/travel medications that might be required. Ensure you have enough regular medication for the duration of the trip, and... Read More

21/06/2018
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What Should Be In Your Travel First Aid Kit

When it comes to ‘Travel First Aid’, how do you know if you are getting it right? Depending on your destination and activities, you might need to bring very little with you in terms of first aid. A standard small travel pack might just suit you fine. If you are planning a more adventurous holiday, or are expecting different hygiene levels or limited access to medical aid, it is worth kitting out beyond basic necessities to help you out in a pinch. Basic first aid kit A basic first aid kit should... Read More

11/06/2018
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Basic First Aid Skills You Need To Have

When you are going on holiday or preparing for long-term travelling, getting into trouble is the last thing on your mind. Of course, we always wish you never encounter any problems, but it is good to prepare for some basic injuries. This way, you can treat easy scrapes, and also know when to call the professionals. In this post, we will go through some first aid basics and essentials, such as cleaning and dressing a small wound, burn, or sprain. We will also discuss some of the symptoms that mean... Read More

02/05/2018

What do I do against hay fever?

What is hay fever? A runny nose, itchy eyes, a headache and feeling tired. Spring and summer don’t just bring better weather, they also kickstart the hay fever season, causing such symptoms. Hay fever is another name for a pollen allergy. Throughout most of the year, even in autumn, all flowers, grasses and trees release pollen. If you are allergic to pollen it means that the mucus membranes in the nose, eyes and throat recognise the pollen as hostile invaders. Your body’s defence mechanism will kick in, making your nose... Read More