One of the hidden costs of travel, especially when you go to developing nations, is the cost of booster shots and immunizations.
Since the spring of 2007, I have gotten shots for the following exotic and not so exotic ailments:
Yellow Fever (for a trip to Ghana last summer)
Japanese Encephalitis (3 separate shots, one a week for three weeks)
Hepatitis A (2 shots)
For Americans, the easiset way to find a travel doctor is by using the CDC.GOV website and find Travel Clinics.
For Cambodia I had to get malarone for malaria prevention. Each pill was $8.50 and required a pill a day starting two days before I got the malaria prone region, one per day while there and and one pill for seven days after leaving the country.
When you travel there is a very SMALL risk of catching a crazy form of cooties that you hear about on the news. But the most common problem when traveling is an upset stomach and diarrhea. That either comes for undercooked food, the water used to wash or prepare food,or your stomach just not being used to the spices. Always take some Immodium and consult your doctor about some type of anti bacterial like cipro to combat any stomach bug.
No one’s vacation need be ruined because you can’t leave your hostel/hotel bathroom…