Vaccinations, preventative measures, and travel insurance

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.  Well, maybe not if you are traveling abroad to remote locations.  When traveling abroad you may need a few vaccinations, preventative measures, and travel insurance.I usually contact my local doctor for travel recommendations. But I also research information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.  The website provides recommendations on food and water precautions, health, safety and security abroad, as well as up-to-date travel advisories.


  • Hepatitis A and typhoid vaccination is usually recommended for all travelers to developing countries.
  • Tetanus vaccination should be updated every 10 years.  
  • Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for some areas in South America and Africa.

Preventative Measures

  • Malaria: For more information, see the CDC website. For more information about Malaria risk areas, see the CDC Malaria Map.
  • Travelers’ diarrhea:  Although there are plenty of preventative measures, these are the ones I happen to use quite often.

       1. Try to avoid drinking or brushing your teeth with tap water. 
           Use bottled or sterilized water.
       2. Avoid drinking water with ice.
       3. Eat foods that are well cooked.

Travel Insurance

If you are traveling abroad, travel insurance could come in handy. Some policies cover trip cancellation protection, travel/trip delay coverage, trip interruption protection, 24-hour hot-line assistance, and some emergency medical coverage. 

Pricing depends on your insurance carrier, but I have typically purchased this type of insurance with my airline, tour group, travel agency, or online companies.


About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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