Tips for After Your Return

Medical Exam

In general, returning travelers are advised to have a prompt medical examination if they:

  • Experience, in the weeks following their return home, illness such as fever, persistent diarrhea, vomiting, jaundice, urinary disorders, skin disease or genital infection;
  • Believe that they have been exposed to a serious infectious disease while traveling; or
  • Have spent more than three months in a developing country.

If it is relevant to the region(s) you have traveled, you may wish to remind students that some diseases may not manifest themselves immediately but have an incubation period of 3 months. Malaria may not cause symptoms for as long as 6-12 months after exposure.

Post-trip Meeting

Past trip participants have reported that they appreciate a post-trip opportunity to meet to:

  • Share memories of great adventure and meaningful moments
  • Provide suggestions for improving future trips
  • Provide closure to the experience