Practical stuff

If you're thinking of going walking in Alpine countries, here's some practical detail to help get you started.

Ticks

Ticks are prevalent in some European countries, just as they are in the UK. Whereas in the UK a tick bite carries an outside risk of giving Lyme disease, in Europe there is a slight risk you could contract Tick-borne Encephalitis (TBE). A vaccine is available, but you need to start the treatment at least 6 months before your trip. Take some tick tweezers in any case so you can remove ticks properly.