I have a very good friend who once took a three-month, round the world trip – with no vaccinations, no travel insurance, no nothing.
Granted, she was a carefree, irresponsible teenager at the time, so I guess a little lack of preparation could be forgiven.
But when she ended up catching malaria in South-East Asia, and paying a fortune to be treated, she well and truly learnt her lesson.
We’ve often laughed about that story together (it’s been a few years since that fateful trip, so her embarrassment has worn off, finally). And yet, I recently almost fell into the exact same trap. Face-palm.
As a bit of background, you should know that my partner and I have both been bitten hard by the travel bug, and he constantly sends me messages with travel deals and discounts. In fact, he’s become a bit of a travel guru.
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And so we have started to look at our options for kid-friendly overseas holidays this year. I know – we’re brave. But the urge to travel is just too strong.
“There are super cheap flights to Bali right now,” he messaged one day, out of the blue. I was in between grocery shopping and trying to stop one of my kids from throwing a full-on tantrum, so I was a little distracted.
But within minutes I had pulled out my phone and jumped on the website, I was that excited. And he was right. Sales galore. Holiday here we come.
We’d been tossing up where our next holiday would be, and the bait of cheap flights was definitely tempting. I started to get excited and by the next day, I had planned the entire trip in my head – but I was completely caught off guard when a friend casually asked what my boys thought about having to get needles before they could go.
“You need vaccines for Bali?” I asked, stunned.
“They recommend vaccines for a lot of countries in that region,” she replied, looking at me like I was an idiot.
I honestly had no idea this was the case. I’m a bit embarrassed about it now that I’ve done all my research, but at the time it didn’t occur to me that we should consider getting vaccinated. Because Bali is just next door to us. Aussies travel there all the time. It is such a tourist mecca these days that I didn’t think we would need to plan to protect our health specifically, except maybe choose food a bit more wisely to avoid the dreaded BB (Bali Belly). But I was wrong, clearly.