Ongoing Outbreak: Coronavirus 2020

With Chinese New Year in full swing, new international cases — including January 2020 cases in Toronto, Canada — and worldwide infections surpassing 2,500, Coronavirus is a growing global health concern. 

With memories of the SARS in 2003, the recent outbreaks of the new Coronoavirus (2019-nCoV) has many Canadians asking:

Where are there outbreaks of Coronavirus? Is it safe to travel? How can I protect myself from Coronavirus?

We have outlined some key facts about Coronavirus, as is known at present.

What We Know About Coronavirus?

Wuhan China Coronavirus province map
First cases of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in Wuhan, Hubei.

An outbreak of respiratory illness, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), first identified in Wuhan, China, has spread to other parts of the country. The Public Health Agency of Canada is actively monitoring the situation and working with the WHO and other international partners to gather additional information. The situation is evolving rapidly. 

Chinese health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed human-to-human transmission has occurred; however, it is unclear how easily the virus is transmitted between people. There is no evidence of human-to-human transmission outside of China at this time.

Some people who travelled to Wuhan have been diagnosed with Coronavirus outside of China, including Canada and the United States of America, and more cases are expected.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

Symptoms of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), have included fever, cough and difficulty breathing. While many of the characteristics of the new coronavirus are still unknown, mild to severe illness has been reported for confirmed cases. Until more is understood about the virus, older people and people with a weakened immune system or underlying medical condition are considered at higher risk of severe disease.

Travel & Coronavirus

How to Prevent Coronavirus
The best way to prevent Coronavirus is to wash your hands! Avoid close contact with people who are sick, cover your cough, and stay at home when you are sick.

Chinese officials in Wuhan as well as other cities in Hubei Province are implementing exceptional measures to reduce further spread of the virus, such as transportation shutdowns, strict infection prevention and control measures and limiting or cancelling large public gatherings. Given the safety and security risks associated with these measures, the Government of Canada recommends that Canadians avoid non-essential travel to Hubei province, China. Verify your travel plans before you depart.

To best protect yourself from getting Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and to prevent further spread of Coronavirus, travellers should take the below precautions and seek medical attention if they become sick.

During your trip:

  • Avoid high-risk areas such as farms, live animal markets, and areas where animals may be slaughtered.
  • Avoid contact with animals (alive or dead).
  • Avoid surfaces with animal droppings or secretions on them.
  • Avoid contact with sick people, especially if they have fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
  • Avoid eating raw or undercooked animal products.
  • Be aware of the local situation and follow local public health advice. In some areas, access to health care may be affected.

Travellers are reminded to follow usual health precautions:

Wash your hands:

  • Wash your hands often with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available. It’s a good idea to always keep some with you when you travel.

Practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
  • If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.

Monitor your health:

If you become sick when you are travelling or after you return, avoid contact with others except to see a health care professional. Tell them:

  • your symptoms;
  • where you have been travelling or living;
  • if you have had direct contact with animals (for example: visited a live animal market) or close contact with a sick person.

If you feel sick during your flight to Canada or upon arrival, inform the flight attendant or a Canadian border services officer.

As a preventative measure, some countries have begun screening travellers arriving from Wuhan. Travellers returning to Canada from areas affected by the Coronavirus outbreak should be attentive to messages and instructions being provided at Canadian airports. They will be asked about their travel history and may be asked further questions about their health.

The overall risk of the new Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to Canadian travellers and to Canada remains low. Please verify travel health recommendations regularly as they may change over the course of your travel as new information becomes available.

Off The Beaten Path Tanzania

Tanzania Travel Off the beaten path

When we talk about Tanzania’s highlights, most people think about Kilimanjaro or the UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater, an ancient collapsed volcano offering astonishing game viewing opportunities. 

Maybe you think about the picturesque island of Zanzibar or the Serengeti and its endless plains.

These locations are Tanzania’s highlights for a reason, however, if you want to visit the seldom seen and “off the beaten path” places, just keep reading until the end.

So without further ado, let’s start with our top recommendations and all the things you need to know before going to Tanzania.

What to know before going to Tanzania? 

Below you’ll find the most asked questions and their detailed answers. What’s the best time to travel to Tanzania and when to visit different parts of Tanzania?

The best time to travel depends on what you’re looking for in Tanzania. For example the best months for viewing the wildlife of Tanzania and visiting the southern and western circuit parks are during the dry season which runs from the late June to October. However, many of the more famous northern circuit parks can be visited all year-round. 

 To make this more clear you can check this section here. 

High Season:

  1. When: From July to March 
  • Where to go: Northern circuit parks (can be crowded)
  1. July to October 
  • Where to go: Southern and western circuit parks; the atmosphere is never crowded any time of the year

Low Season:

1. When: During the months from April to May

2. Where to go: Northern circuit parks (northern circuit parks still get quite a few visitors unlike the southern and western circuit parks, where many lodges close down)


Best weather to go “off the beaten path”:

1. When: During the months from June to October, there’s little to no rainfall

2. Where to go:  You can check our Top 6 “off the beathen path” places list bellow

Worst Weather:

When: March and April, (this is the peak of the wet season)

Visa to Tanzania

Tanzania requires a tourist visa when travelling to the country, however, the process of having it is fairly simple. Just be careful to send your visa application at least two weeks before your trip to avoid stress. To make a proper application you’ll need a valid international passport.

Once you have your visa is valid for 90 days, but only for a single visit. For more information on the visa application process, you can just go to the Tanzania Immigration Website.

Money and language in Tanzania

The official currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling, which can be easily withdrawn from any of the ATMs in the country. Another option is to convert your local currency into American dollars because it’s widely accepted all over the country.

It’ll be very difficult for you to communicate with the locals because there are more than 100 languages spoken all over the country and only a small percentage of the people who live in Tanzania speak English.

The only places where you can hear English are hotels and tour agencies. So, you need to know that you can speak English only with the people who work in the tourism industry.

Travelling to Tanzania Safety

In general, Tanzania is a safe and hassle-free country. So if you follow the usual precautions of the government travel advisories.

Here are some essential tips to follow during your stay in Tanzania.

  • Avoid paying money for a trek or safari in advance before you’ve thoroughly checked if the company is credible.
  • Never hire taxis which are not from established taxi ranks or hotels, and never enter a taxi with an unknown passenger.
  • During the night, always travel by taxi, and avoid isolated areas.
  • Don’t speak with anyone who comes up to you and ask you whether you remember them from the airport terminal or hotel.

What vaccinations are required when travelling to Tanzania?

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Tanzania


Additional Information

Acetazolamide or Dexamethasone

Recommended for 

prevention of acute mountain sickness (Mount Kilimanjaro – 5,895m)

Azithromycin or Suprax

Antibiotic in case of traveller’s diarrhoea

Malarone, Doxycycline or Mefloquine

Recommended anti-malaria medication

Vaccination requirements before going to Tanzania. 

Recommended travel vaccinations for Tanzania


Disease Transmission

Traveller’s diarrhoea

Contaminated water/food



Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

Contaminated body fluids

(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)


Infected Animals

Yellow Fever

Mosquito bites


Airborne Droplets


Our top 6 recommendations for “off the beaten path” places to visit 

Lake Tanganyika

This lake is well-known for being one of the world’s oldest freshwater lakes. This place attracts travellers with its lush forests on the one side of the lake and the dry woodland on the other. That’s not all though; Lake Tanganyika also boasts a number of sandy beaches.

Snorkelling, Fishing, and Kayaking are only a little part of the bunch of activities which you can enjoy around the Lake Tanganyika. For photographers, this is the perfect place to capture the best wildlife moments during your holiday, or get the perfect instagram post.

Here you can expect to see various species like fish eagles, cormorants, pelicans, crocodiles, hippos, kingfishers and much more.

When to go to Lake Tanganyika?

The best time to visit this spot is during the months of June and September when the temperatures are cooler and the weather is dry. 

Where to stay during your stay in Lake Tanganyika?

If you’re looking for luxury beach chalets on the water’s edge Lake Shore Lodge is the right choice for you.

Lake Natron

Because of its high mineral content, this lake is famous for its flamingos. The lake contains a high concentration of salt, so there are so many algae in it, and the flamingos love algae..

Lake Natron is highly attractive for people who love to take pictures, trekking or birdwatching. Also by the lake is East Africa’s only active volcano.

 Many people climb the volcano during their stay, however, if you’re looking for something more challenging you can try the Crater Highlands week-long trek. This is the perfect trek for the more adventurous people, it goes from Ngorongoro to Lake Empakai and finishes back in Natron.

When to go to Lake Natron?

Here everything depends on what are your personal needs and what brings you to Lake Natron. 

If you want to spot some flamingos your season is the “breeding season” which is from September/October when the eggs are laid into December when the hatching is already done.

The dry season gives you a great opportunity for hiking and trekking, and it’s during the months from June to September and January to March.

Where to stay nearby Lake Natron?

Lake Natron camp offers luxury tents on the edge of the lake. This is the perfect choice for every keen traveller. The camp also gives you full-day excursions to the nearby gorges and waterfalls.

Usambara Mountains

There’s no doubt that Tanzania’s most famous mountain is Kilimanjaro, however, it’s not the only one worth visiting! The Usambara mountains are located southeast of Kilimanjaro, and carpeted in a virgin tropical forest, which makes it another excellent location for photography and wildlife spotting.

Here you can enjoy some of the best hiking and trekking opportunities in Tanzania because there are numerous picturesque rural villages and astonishing landscapes to see. In the Usambara Mountains you can really connect with the locals, if you choose to trek from one village to another.

The easiest to access is the east part of Usambara. The travellers who start their trip from here often head straight for the Amani Nature Reserve, which is home to Africa’s largest botanical garden. Wildlife fans can spot a countless species of insects, birds, flowering plants, and towering trees.

Where to stay in the Usambara Mountains? 

Swiss Farm Cottage is situated in an idyllic setting on the foot of the forested Mount Mohandes. It’s a great choice for families with two-bedroom chalets, a children’s playground and bike hire available.

When to go to the Usambara Mountains?

The most pleasant time to visit the Usambara Mountains is during the cool, dry season which is between the months from May to October.

Always take waterproofs with you! The altitude of the region means it experiences more rainfall than the surrounding lowlands.

Pemba Island

If you think that only Zanzibar can offer you white sandy beaches in Tanzania, think again. 

Pemba island looks exactly like the dreamy island escapes you’ve already heard of.

The distance between the island of Pemba and Zanzibar is only 50 km because they lie in the same archipelago. But the two islands could not be more different.

Pemba is one of the few islands which is ignored by the tourist industry, and for now, it’s not developed as a hot tourist destination.

The island will give you an amazing diving and snorkelling experience, thanks to its coral reefs and plethora of fish species.

When to go to Pemba Island

To catch the perfect beach weather, the best months are from July to October. This is the cool, dry season in Tanzania.

Where to stay in Pemba Island

If money is no object, stay in the exclusive underwater room at Manta Resort. If you want to make your trip to be more “budget-friendly” then you can book standard garden rooms which are a very good place for wellbeing during your stay there.

Little Chem Chem

When we talk about Africa’s prime attractions, often the first thing that comes to mind are the big national parks. It’s the same when we talk about Tanzania. In most cases, the travellers include only the 2 most famous national parks, Serengeti and Ngorongoro. 

In fact, if you’re looking for the best safari experience, definitely Little Chem Chem can offer you new experiences like night safaris and off-road driving.

If you want to try the best safari experience in your life Little Chem Chem is your place.

Little Chem Chem also borders Tarangire, so all of this is making it an amazing spot for seeing the wildlife from the inside. You can see many different species like wildebeests, zebras, elephants, and lions.

When to go to Little Chem Chem?

The dry season (June to October) is the best safari experience. This is also when wildlife can be most easily seen. So there’s no doubt that this period is the best for visiting Little Chem Chem.

Katavi National Park

This 4472 m² park is home to an extraordinary number of African wildlife, wavy wooded terrains, grass, and wetlands. All of this makes Katavi National Park one of the best unexpected gems of Tanzania.

If you go during the dry season you can see so many hippos, crocodiles, and buffalo inside the park. If you’re lucky, you might also see elephants, giraffes, lions, and zebras.

Due to all of this, Katavi is not one of the most “budget-friendly” options you can choose. It’s pricey and difficult to get there, but there’s only one thing you need to be sure about.

Once you’re there you’ll see that’s it’s well worth it if you truly want to get “off the beaten path” in Tanzania. 

When to go to Katavi National Park?

The best time to visit Katavi National Park is again during the dry season (May-October). In this time the wildlife is groups around the remaining water.

Where to stay in Katavi National Park?

Katavi Wildlife Camp is where you can really feel how wild Tanzania is. Relaxing in you owns private veranda and hammock, surrounded by wildlife might be enough of a reason to visit on its own.


Dreamy Islands Escapes: Travelling to Maldives, Seychelles, and Belize

Today we take a look at our handpicked top dreamy islands escapes for 2019-2020 and help guide you with a few quick tips on what you need to bring and know before you go. We are taking a deep dive on travelling to Maldives, travelling to Seychelles and travelling to Belize.

Travelling to Maldives

What to know before travelling to the Maldives?

The Maldives is one of the smallest yet most beautiful countries. Placed in the Indian Ocean, it is also well-known as one of the most popular romantic getaways for travelers. With its crystal clear water, coral reefs and plethora of activities, Maldives is a must-visit place for every keen traveler.

As with all island escapes, beachwear with plenty of sun protection is a must. For those looking to stay at a resort, the essentials you need to take are your beach gear and your favorite evening wear.

The easiest way to save some money when travelling to Maldives is to make sure you bring as many of the necessities as you can, such as sunblock and mosquito repellent. Because of the remoteness of the small island chain, resort boutiques tend to charge high prices for everyday goods you may have forgotten.

The Maldives is a Muslim country, and when going to one of the local island villages, it is advised to dress appropriately. For example, outfits that cover both the shoulders and the knees for women are suggested. Traditionally women should keep their shoulders and knees covered by their clothes and men just their shoulders.

If your home is far away from the Maldives, you can add one more destination to your trip with a visit to Sri Lanka or India. In fact, to go from the Maldives to Sri Lanka, you’ll need a 1.5 hour flight  

When to visit Maldives?

Thanks to warm temperatures and little precipitation, the months between November to April are the best time for visiting the Maldives. This time is also well-known as the tourist seasons’ peak and, as such, the room rates at resorts are expensive during this time.

However, in the Maldives, each island is home to a different resort, so you don’t have to handle the whole mob during the high season like you might in other island destinations.

Where to stay in Maldives?

The Maldives are formed by 1,192 coral islands, set within 26 atolls, and spread across 35,000 square miles of Indian Ocean. This is enough to complicate accommodation options for many people. 

Generally speaking, hotels and resorts in Maldives are expensive and luxurious.. However, there are some places that stand above the rest because of their great all-inclusive and over the top luxurious options. 

Top 2 luxury resorts in Maldives


Located in Baa Atoll, which is UNESCO WORLD BIOSPHERE RESERVE, this is 1,4 km long and 400m wide island, and it’s among the biggest islands in the Maldives. The azure blue waters, the tropical climate and the white sandy beaches are making this place hell of a travel destination for every keen luxury traveller. 

This 5-star hotel is situated on a private island which is located 400 km south of Malé and 55 km north of the Equator. Hadahaa atolls are well-known for being one of the deepest atolls in the world. The resort is drawn upon villas that have private plunge pools and direct access to the ocean or the beach.  

This island is formed by a vast coral reef with a unique marine life, which is the most colorful and varied in the Maldives.


The home of this ultra-luxe resort is the Noonu Atoll. This unique property is built on a tiny island that is protected from the ocean by the large coral reef. Typically this coral reef is home to many different fishes, sea turtles and rays.

This resort got famous after it was the playground of Kate and William during their Maldivian getaway a few years ago. The accommodations in the hotel contain contemporary design elements, elegant cathedral-style lofts and incredible outdoor areas with astonishing private swimming pools.

Budget Islands Maldives 

Since 2009, the Maldives started a policy, which allows locals to start their own guesthouses, and that was the door opening for many affordable and locally owned properties. 

Still there are no dorms or hostels in the country, however the private rooms can be easily booked for $50-160 CAD, depending on the living conditions, so if you’re travelling with your lover or friend, your shared cost drops to $25-80 which is quite the bargain compared to $500 for an overwater bungalow.

Top 3 budget-friendly islands to stay in Maldives.

1. Thulusdhoo Island

Located in North Malé Atoll Thulusdhoo Island is just 30 minutes away from Velana International Airport. Because of the closeness to the Airport, this island gets even more budget-friendly. It is also close to many luxury resorts that offer day passes to outside guests. This island is a famous destination for course divers, surfers, solo travellers, families and even honeymooners. 

How to reach to Thulusdhoo Island?

The easiest way to reach Thulusdhoo Island is by Speedboat Transfers.

Boat Name: “Ref Cool Express.”
Cost:  $45 CAD one-way
Departures:  Every day 8 am, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm 
Duration: 30 minutes

Where to stay at Thulusdhoo Island?

These properties have exclusive offers for budget travelers, so you can check them on Google.

  •  Season Paradise
  • Canopus Retreats
  • Met House
  • Isola Guest House
  • Dream Inn

 2. Thoddoo Island

Here is our second must-visit island in the Maldives! This incredible place is situated in North Ari Atoll, which is 70 km away from Levana International Airport. You can take this distance for 1.5 hrs if you travel with a speedboat. This will cost you 55$ CAD one-way, but it’s totally worth it because of the picturesque ocean landscapes which can be seen during the trip.

Considered as the “Agricultural Island” of the Maldives, Thoddoo is famous with its palm trees, watermelons, melons and papayas. It is also no way inferior to the luxury islands.It can brag with kilometres long bikini beaches adorned by the endless number of palm trees, and all of this in combination with killer sunsets and fondling sunny rays. 

The important thing to know is to note that in Thoddoo, there are no beachfront guesthouses, so you ill not be privileged to watch the ocean from your room, however, this is not enough to stop you from going there, especially when you’re looking for cheap travel to the Maldives.

How to reach Thoddoo Island?

Departs: Speedboat trip from the Airport and Malé, every day at 11 am and 4 pm, Friday-Day off (no speedboat service)
Returns:  From Thoddoo to the Airport and Malé daily at 7 am &, Friday-Day off (no speedboat service)
Cost: CAD $55 one-way.
Time: 1 – 1.5hrs one-way depending on the weather conditions

Dhigurah Island

This island, which is called “The Long Island” by the locals, is situated in South Ari Atoll. Again, you can reach Dhigurah via speedboat for the price of CAD $72 one-way. You need to book your flight carefully because there is only one service per day. You can take the plane for CAD $180. However, this can be out of the friend zone of your wallet… (if you don’t like it just delete it) 

 How to get to Dhigurah Island?

Dhigurah Island Speedboat Service

Departs: From the Airport at 4 pm every day.
Returns: Departs from Dhigurah at 6:00 am is daily.
Cost: CAD 180$
Time: 2hr one-way journey.

Dhigurah Island Domestic Flight

Fast 20-minute domestic flight to Maamigili Airport and short boat ride to Dhigurah, which will cost you, CAD $180. However, there are multiple flight schedules every day.

 Where to stay at Dhigurah Island?

The owners can offer exclusive deals to the below Dhigurah Island properties:

  • Athiri Beach
  • White Sand Dhigurah
  • Bliss Dhigurah

 What to eat in Maldives?

Most the resorts in the Maldives offer the same-things like private beaches, secluded spas, and seaside restaurants. So what you want to see and do will help you while choosing the hotel.

Because of its location (between the Middle East, India, and Asia), the Maldivian cuisine is a bоuquet of flavours and influences.

One of the must-try traditional dishes is the fresh-caught tuna or reef fish. It’s prepared with different aromatic spices, coconut milk, and curry.

Another not to miss dish is the Maldivian lobster. This traditional dish is cooked with ingredients like chilli, sea salt, curry leaves, garlic and pepper, served with butter garlic sauce.

What is prohibited in Maldives?

Islam was brought to the Maldives at the end of the 12th century, and since it’s an Islamic nation, you’re not allowed to bring any type of alcohol in the country. 

That means you can’t drink or buy alcohol during your stay on any of the local inhabited islands. Only the private resorts are allowed to serve alcohol to their visitors. 

However, the Maldives isn’t the right place to eat pork because pork is forbidden in Islam; however, you’ll be able to enjoy the delicious seafood during your stay.

What vaccinations are required for Maldives?

Summit maintains the most accurate travel advice and vaccinations required for the Maldives on our page here to make sure you are covered

Travelling to Seychelles

Seychelles offer some of the best beaches in the world, azure blue water and the needed calm atmosphere for people who want to relax. It is normal for this place to be a celebrity hangout. You can find so many small guesthouses hidden in the islands which are budget-friendly.

What to know before going to Seychelles?

The archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean and 489 km off the coast of Africa. In Seychelles, you can find a wide variety of landscapes and nature. 50% of Seychelles’ land is a natural reserve.

Seychelles can brag with two places that are placed in the list of World Heritage of UNESCO. The first one is Vallée de Mai on Praslin, and the second one is Aldabra ato. The mountains overlook, the calm, pure water waves, and the pretty beaches can be the perfect content for your social media accounts.

You’ll be able to feel the mix between different generations, religions and people. Once you’re there, you will find out that all of this highly contributes to the richness of Seychelles culture.

The local people are well-known for their friendly attitude and their keen desire to introduce you to their culture a culture which includes things like their customs, cuisine, and calm lifestyle.

Hiking in the mountain, riding a bike, jet skiing, seabed enjoying the sun, there’s no doubt that this is the perfect place for everyone who’s looking for a dreamy island escape!

Where to stay in Seychelles?

Cheap accommodations in Seychelles

The first rule when booking a place to stay in Seychelles is to book it in advance. In fact, after you arrive at the airport, you’ll need to prove that you have accommodation booked, so you need to book in advance of your trip.

Seychelles are full of luxury options which can stretch budgets quite easily. For those budget conscious travelers look for some family-run guesthouses or villas, bungalows and chalets.

Your expected rate per night will be around CAD$ 120-260 for two or three people depending on the specific location and facilities.

We recommend you to stay in Fler Payanke’s apartment, which is placed on the east coast of Mahé. This great place to stay is set on a hill overlooking Anse Royale bay. It’s also 2 minutes walk away from the beach, bus stop, and a few shops and places to eat. The studio apartment, including the balcony and kitchen and will cost you around CAD $130 a night 

Another great idea for accommodation is this studio, for example, which can be found in the far north of Mahé will cost you around CAD $140 a night for two people.

If you’re looking for a villa which can take up to 3 people we recommend this villa. It’s located on the west coast and will cost you CAD $170.

Luxury accommodations in Seychelles

 Based on feed back from our clients we have picked our favorite luxury resorts in the world’s most gorgeous archipelago.


Most of the guests of this amazing place arrive here by their own helicopter or boat. The award-winning resort is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and tropical nature. It is the only resort on the majestic Silhouette Island, 90% of which is protected by the government of Seychelles. 

There are plenty of fun activities you can do here. For example, you can explore the beaches, mountains and virgin rain forest. Guest can also practice sailing, fishing, and enjoy five-star diving and dining. 

Every private villa has its own pool garden and terrace!


If you’re looking for breathtaking views of the opal-hued ocean, lush green hills, crystal blue water and lush green hills, Raffles is the right resort for you. This resort is made up of 86 amazing villas, which have private pools as well.


Banyan Tree Seychelles is situated on the beautiful south-western coastline of Mahé island. Typically for this type of resorts, the complex has 60 incredible Creole-style villas. All the villas are located along or above the pristine beach of Intendance Bay. 

Here also, all of the villas come with a private pool and exquisite colonial decor

When to visit Seychelles?

The best time to visit is during the months of March, April and May. The weather is quite unpredictable, so you should to check the weather forecast and be sure you’ve got the right attire for the day. The temperature is always between 24° and 32°C, which makes that task a bit easier.

In the months of May until September, the weather is well-known for being particularly windy. The rainy season starts from November to January, so your stay can get a bit wet!

Travelers who are looking for scuba diving should visit Seychelles during the months of November, October or April.

What to eat in Seychelles?

The freshest food in Seychelles will be seafood or fish. There are two types of cooking styles. The first one is the Italian style, and the second is Creole style, which is full of an assortment of spices and flavors. Watch out however as it can get a bit hot!

What vaccinations are required for Seychelles?

Summit maintains the most accurate travel advice and vaccinations required for Seychelles on our page here to make sure you are covered.

Travelling to Belize

Travel Belize Things to Know before going, Safety, Vaccination

What to know before visiting Belize?

Well-known for being one of the best travel destinations in Central America, Belize is among our favorites in this region.

Belize is famous for its well-rounded offerings for everyone: starting from the people who love to dive, the honeymooners or just ordinary travelers. Belize is not a big country, but you’ll need more than just a few days to explore it.

Scuba divers and snorkeling enthusiasts from all around the globe travel to Belize for it underwater beauty. Picturesque beaches, barrier reef, draws, walking through the jungle or feel the vibrant culture of this country.

The country is famous for its national parks. Belize also offers archaeology and culture, and you can explore world history heritages like the Mayan sites of Altun Ha, Caracol, and Lamanai.

Where to stay in Belize?

Once home to the Maya civilization, this small but perfectly formed country encircles Caribbean beaches and South American jungles, is bordered by its own barrier reef. 

The country is full of temples and artifacts from ancient times, which make it a superb place to explore the history and adventure lovers. There are more types of activities to enjoy, like zip-lining through the jungle, horse back riding, hiking, scuba diving and snorkeling. 

Luxury Hotels in Belize

Victoria House Resort & Spa

Standing still on Ambergris Caye and placed on Belize’s largest island, Victoria House Resort and Spa is a beachfront resort. This hotel is well-known as one of the first-ever built in the country, so their experience shows that they have service, which is second-to-none.

The accommodation is rooms, villas, suites and casitas, situated just steps away from the ocean. Make time to have dinner at Victoria’s Palmilla Restaurant, where the mix of continental dishes and seafood dominate the menu. 

Since 2018 in the hotel, you can find the largest full-service spa on Ambergris Caye. It has a state-of-the-art fitness centre, yoga classes, child therapies, and five treatment rooms.

Coco Plum Island Resort

This is the perfect place for the honeymooners, hard romantics, and adult-only groups all driven by one thing, and it’s their desire for a dreamy island paradise.

Every oceanfront villa has its modern requirements for a luxury stay: air conditioner, large bathroom, plump bedding, hammocks, etc. 

For 2 years, there are new overwater Serenity Spa and ocean-facing yoga decks. And if you book an all-inclusive stay package, you’ll be benefited from having unlimited local beers, meals, local soft drinks and spirits, various tours such as snorkelling and diving.

Cayo Espanto Private Island Resort

Most of the people arrive here by helicopter or speedboat. The island is located three miles off the coast of Belize. If you’re looking for super-luxe treatment kicks off with a king-style welcome, this the right place for you. When the new guests are arriving, the entire staff gets lined up to greet you. 

The resort is made up of 7 ultra-private and romantic beach villas. Every villa in the complex has his own “houseman” who’s on-call 24\7 to tend to your personal needs.  

 Staying in Belize on a budget

You’ll struggle to find a basic guesthouse private room anywhere for less than CAD 65$ a night. However, you can stay in some lovely guesthouses in San Ignacio and Palencia which are well worth the price. 

River Park Inn, San Ignacio: CAD $60/night

People from all around the globe are saying that they couldn’t get enough of this guesthouse placed in San Ignacio. And it’s one of the most highly recommended for checking out before travelling to Belize on a budget. There is A/C and Wi-Fi in the rooms, so your comfort is guaranteed.

Seaspray Hotel, Placencia: CAD $65/night

This hotel is one of the best budget options in the town of Palencia. For the price of CAD $65 a night, you can have access to a beachside room on the best stretch of sand in town. You can’t find this price in any online booking website, so it’s a good idea to book through their website.

When to visit Belize?

The month between the end of November to mid-April are the best to visit Belize. Those months are the dry season and typically the peak tourist season. The average temperature for all year round is 27°C every day.

From the end of April and during May, the temperatures and the humidity levels reach their peak with temperatures can reach 31°C during this period.

What are the typical costs when travelling to Belize?

For the people who are backpacking, our suggested budget is around 55-60$ CAD (100BZD) every day. However, there are many ways to reduce costs, including local transportation and a variety of free activities like parks and archaeological sites. 

Belize also offers a world of luxury with some resorts and exotic retreats for those looking at a more upscale travelling adventure.

Our three dreamy island picks can offer so much. No matter how old are you or what you want to do, there are activities for everyone.

So if you want to relax or connect with nature and wildlife, these three are the right places to do that. There is one thing we’re sure about, and it’s that you’ll never get tired of going to these three places no matter how many times you visit them.

What vaccinations are required for Belize?

Summit maintains the most accurate travel advice and vaccinations required for Belize on our page here to make sure you are covered.

10 Tips for Travel Health in Thailand

people with vaccines travelling to thailand

Thailand is one of the world most popular travel destinations. We’ve asked some of travel professionals for some tips beyond the vaccinations required for travelling to Thailand to help keep you safe.

The Kingdom of Thailand is a centrally located country in the Southern Asian peninsula, which is made up of 76 provinces. With a population of over 68 million people, encountering a lot of traffic, people, and unique places is inevitable.  From Railay Beach in Krabi and the exhilarating island of Koh Phi Phi to Khao Yai National Park of Chiang Mai and the Grand Palace in Bangkok, there is no doubt about the beauty of beaches, culture, natural landscapes, and wildlife of Thailand.

There is a lot to do in Thailand and many ways to stay protected and stay safe while travelling. We have outlined a few tips below.

  1. Stay informed out about the weather

Thailand is a tropical paradise in many people’s minds, but this may come with some drawbacks depending on the season. The warmth of the climate is steady, but your plans may be influenced by the rainy season from July to October. Sometimes it even extends into November. The showers may seem refreshing, but don’t forget your favorite umbrella—the rain can get vicious sometimes!
The rest of the year has the sun shining and the heat rising. There are numerous beaches to cool off at when it gets a bit too hot, but don’t forget to drink bottled or purified water to stay hydrated. Avoid drinking the tap water since it could make you sick with typhoid or even cholera in some regions.

It is advisable to be mindful of weather updates as you carry about your day-to-day activities. There are many easy ways to have access to the updates. e.g Google, weather apps, or local TV channels.

Thailand currency for travel

2. Take some local currency with you

1 dollar equals about 30 Thai Baht which is the Thailand currency. It is pretty strong and it is advisable to always have some local currency on you, anywhere, anytime. There are many places to change your dollars to Baht and numerous Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) to access your cash.

Remember to regularly wash your hands with disinfectants after handling currency, especially before eating.

3. Healthy eating while travelling to Thailand

Staying healthy while indulging in local delicacies can be a challenge wherever you travel, and Thailand is no exception. Indeed, the cuisine is one of the things travellers love most about Thailand. If you’re dreaming about Pad Thai, Tom Yum or Khao Saoi, do not fear. With the proper precautions—and a good backup plan–you can enjoy all the flavours Thailand has to offer!  

Street vendors and corner restaurants can be found in any location in the country to offer you one of your best meal experiences. It’s may look cheap and tasty, but be careful when selecting where you eat. You don’t want to be sidelined with travellers’ diarrhea.
Here are tips to reduce your risk of getting sick:

  • Wash your hand on frequent basis. Especially before food and after.
  • Do not forget to wash fruits or vegetables purchased from the local markets with clean water.
  • Avoid drinking any water or ice from an unconfirmed source.
  • Take quick baths regularly, and keep your mouth closed in the shower.

4. Get vaccinated at a travel clinic

Many travellers underestimate the importance of simple vaccinations when planning travel to another country. Summit Travel Health carries all the travel vaccines necessary to safeguard your health and well-being on your trip to Thailand, such as Hepatitis A, Rabies and Measles. Prescriptions for anti-malarial and anti-diarrheal medications are available for our clients as well.

 5. Be knowledgeable of the medical institutions nearest to your destination

The quality of medical care in Thailand is generally very good. Most doctors possess the training and skill set required to properly address medical concerns. Typhoid and malaria treatments, and any other emergency services are usually accessible in both large and smaller cities. Be mindful of the medication you buy at the pharmacy, as it is unlikely to be exactly the same as you would get from your home pharmacy—and the pharmacist won’t have your medical record to confirm there are no contraindications or allergies. With that, make sure to bring any prescription medication you would need on your trip with you.

If you are in Bangkok, you will find the BNH hospital or Mahidol University Teaching Hospital to offer quality pharmaceuticals and medical services.

We recommend always knowing where to go if you need help ahead of time. Should you even be in need of a blood transfusion, be sure your Hepatitis B vaccine is also up to date!

6. Take caution in crowded places

One of the most captivating activities for any traveller in Thailand is a visit to the local markets.  The shopkeepers will wave you in and welcome you to explore the goods they have to offer, from sandals to scorpions! For many, this is a wonderful avenue to meet people and create some lasting memories. Unfortunately, it can be compromised if the market is also a hotbed for certain contaminable ailments found in not only what you eat and drink, but also what you touch.

Beyond the risk of travellers diarrhea or typhoid, it’s also important to be mindful of pickpockets at markets or any crowded public places.

7. Avoid Mosquitoes

Malaria is one of the most dangerous diseases in the world and it has proven to be the number one killer of man. While not a risk in all parts of the country, it is important to practice mosquito bite prevention. Whether you book a suite in one of the luxurious hotels, or a remote cabin, be sure to check the screens on your windows and regularly use treated mosquito nets. Many accommodations will provide mosquito nets, and you can purchase a treated mosquito net at home or once in Thailand. Take extra caution when staying in mosquito-infested areas such as water-logged regions.

It is also noteworthy that Dengue Fever and Japanese Encephalitis can also be transmitted through mosquito bites.

8. Avoid dangerous or infected animals

There is no denying the exciting biodiversity that Thailand offers. The region is home to beautiful aquatic and land wildlife such as tigers, elephants and snakes.

You may be surprised to hear that the most common animals—dogs and monkeys—actually pose a threat as well: rabies. Remember, to avoid issues like rabies or other harmful situations, exercise caution (especially before taking a selfie with a wild animal). Keep an eye on any children you’re travelling with as well. Kids are less likely to report if they’ve been bitten or scratched by an animal (because they were likely ignoring instructions to not touch the dog/monkey).

If you have been bitten or scratched, it is very important to seek treatment immediately. This is another good reason to know where you can get urgent medical attention. If you get the rabies vaccine pre-exposure (before a bite/scratch), you will need two more shots of rabies vaccine to protect you from this exposure. Without the pre-exposure rabies shots, you will need six or more injections.

9.  Make plans for safe and effective transportation

The Thai version of Uber is Grab Taxi. You can download the app on your mobile phone before booking your flight. It is a considered a trusted company for transport anywhere in the major cities. You will be sure to see that tuk tuks can be found on most street corners, but do not get in a tuk tuk if you believe the driver is unfit. As with anywhere in the world, it is of utmost importance to wear your seatbelt.

While travelling Thailand, it is likely you could find yourself using many modes of transportation, and in the crowds that accompany congested travel hubs, there is always the risk of airborne illnesses like the Measles. Whether a train, plane, buss, or ferry, it is important to remember to use hand sanitizer and stay hydrated with clean water.

10. Adhere to rules and regulations

Illnesses in Thailand are not the only threat when you travel, so it is important to be mindful of issues around political unrest, drug use, assault, robbery, and other crimes.  

It is advisable to stay out of dangerous regions like border areas, and strictly adhere to the local rules and regulations. Stay vigilant and cautious at all times.

Exercise street smarts to ensure you have a pleasant, safe and care-free time throughout your vacation.

Bonus Tip (we had to!)

Stay vaccinated and safe in Thailand. Summit Travel Health offers all the vaccinations required for Thailand to keep you safe for your travels to Thailand


Travel Clinic FAQs

Travel Safely - Vaccines & Travel Consult FAQs

Taking a trip abroad is exciting, but it also come with lots questions:

What vaccines do I need? Is there a risk of malaria? Can I eat the street food? Do I need a Yellow Fever vaccine? Is there a travel clinic near me? How do I stay healthy abroad?

We’re starting with some of the simple answers to your most common burning questions. Our medical team can take you through the more complex ones during your travel consultation.

Q: What vaccines do I need for my trip?

A: For vaccine recommendations, we invite you to schedule an appointment for a travel consultation with one of our nurse practitioners. The nurse will offer guidance and recommendations pertaining to your specific situation. Recommended vaccinations may vary based on your medical history, the timing and duration of your trip, the activities you plan to partake in, and on your accommodations abroad.

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Q: I have taken multiple trips to the Caribbean without receiving any vaccines. Why would I now need vaccines for trips to the Caribbean?

A: Lucky you! Even in the context of all-inclusive trips, travellers run the risk of contracting several illnesses. Just think of the ice cubes used to chill your drinks. These ice cubes may carry the hepatitis A virus and infect you with just one drink! Like hepatitis A, many of the illnesses that you might be exposed to are avoidable through vaccination.

Q: Are there fees for a travel health consultation?

A: Yes. The consultation fee is 55$ for an adult. Groups of 2 to 6 people travelling on the same trip, patients returning for a new trip consultation, kids, and students have a discounted price of $44 per person

Please note that cost of each vaccine is additional to the consultation fees.

CDC Yellow Fever areas that require the vaccine.
Q: Will I receive my vaccines on the same day as my consultation?

A: Generally, yes. Provided there are no contraindications, you will receive your vaccines on-site. You will also receive travel prescriptions as needed.

The exception to this is for the Yellow Fever vaccine (YF-Vax). Due to the extreme and on-going Canada-wide shortage of YF-Vax, we are currently offering fractioned doses of the vaccine. This has been the practice advised by the WHO & Public Health Agency of Canada. Therefore, should the YF-Vax be recommended during your consultation, the Nurse Practitioner will schedule you for a follow up appointment to receive that vaccine at a later date.

Q: How soon before my trip should I schedule a consultation?

A: To ensure maximum protection from illness, some vaccines need to be administered in 2 doses prior to your trip. The delay required between the 2 doses depends on the vaccine. For this reason, we recommend that you schedule your consultation 6-8 weeks prior to your trip. For last minute travellers, please note that some vaccines take 10-14 days to reach their full efficacy.

Q: Where can I get vaccines for travel?

A: You can receive your travel vaccinations at Summit Travel Health. Summit has five travel health clinics in the GTA: Downtown Toronto Travel Clinic, Midtown Toronto Travel Clinic, Etobicoke Travel Clinic, Mississauga Travel Clinic, and Oakville Travel Clinic.

We also have 6 sister travel medicine clinics in the Greater Montreal Area.

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