The route


The route

Must see places and no-gos

When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go.

Alexandra Stoddard


Medical considerations
Malaria, Zica, Dengue - several exotic deseases are luring out there. Does it make sense to consider the high risk areas and leave them out? Is it possible when surrounding the world?
Must see places
Which spots are worth it to make a detour of days or even weeks? In any case I know whom I will ask for advice...
Risky places
Crime, war, pirates - several areas in the world do not invite for a visit. Which shall be avoided?

Medical considerations

A trip around the world leads through areas where diseases, which are unknown in the middle European region, are more common: like Malaria, Ebola, Cholera, Dengue, Japanese Encephalitis, Ochropyra and many more.

Some might be just nasty whereas others end with severe long time consequences like disabilities or obstructions and some might be even fatal.

Well, even though "in the long run we are all dead" (John Maynard Keynes) I would prefer it to postpone this as much as possible.

On the pages of the Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin you can find a compact and clear travel advice for almost every country in the world (German language).

  • • Suggested and necessary vaccinations are listed
  • • recommendations for the travel first-aid kit
  • • as well as general information about the healthcare

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Tropenmedizin has published an extensive recommendation for travel vaccinations
After a first brief overview and the decision which route to take a visit and doctors consultancy with the corresponding specialization is recommended.

Food and hygiene
One way to protect your health is to follow the simple backpacker recommendation: Cook it, boil it, peel it or forget it!
But there are many more tips and recommendations how the correct handling of your water and food can improve your health and even how this can help to prevent you from getting sick.
The WHO has published a guideline for safe food which gives valuable advice.

Risk maps
World Health Organization publishes regularly updated maps which indicate the distribution of many of the aforementioned diseases.
When circumnavigating there is actually no chance to adopt the route so that all risk areas are avoided. So, corresponding the recommended preparations and precautions seems to be a good idea....

Must see places

Risky places