Travelling to remote destinations in tropical climates – especially if you’re spending many days, weeks or months there – comes with unique potential health hazards.
While risks shouldn’t prevent you from adventure travel, there are ways to be smart about managing those risks.
In the case of potential health risks, we’re firm believers that prevention is the best medicine. This is a description of the vaccines we got for our six month trip to South-East Asia, including: Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand.
While we sincerely believe that you should invest in your health and well-being you have to prepare yourself for the costs because for most people in most jurisdictions vaccines require serious financial investment. We spent all year saving for these because we knew that we’d be away for a total of six months and wanted the option to visit rural and inland locations, which increased our exposure risk (*Note: if you are fortunate enough to be able to afford additional insurance coverage there is a good chance that at least some of the costs will be covered).
If you’re travelling for a shorter period of time (e.g.: for a week or two) and staying in mostly largely populated cities or coastal destinations, you have more discretion about which vaccines are necessary, and which ones you can likely do without (see below).
Disclaimer: Our decisions outlined here reflect our personal choices taken after considerable research and consultations. Always consult a travel clinic and your family physician before making any choices about vaccinations.
Toronto Travel Clinic
Our preferred clinic in Toronto is Passport Health. We’ve always had great service at their islington location.
1243 Islington Ave
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These are not covered by OHIP:
Appointment fee – $50
Dispensing fee – $25
*Neighbourhood food tips (because we can’t help ourselves): We’ve found two great lunch options near this travel clinice. You can go to Bonimi – a great Serbian restaurant. Or you can check out Hyderabad Spices Indian Cuisine – an excellent, small spot for really delicious South Asian fare.
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