The place of psychological assessment in travel medicine has been undervalued. This article suggests that being psychologically prepared for relocation is a distinct advantage for relocation longevity and success. Psychological ‘inoculation’ for travel needs to be added to the pretravel consultation.
Australians travel for pleasure or business. However, for those who are expected to travel or relocate for their work, the trip and the stay are not always comfortable or successful. The outcome of the relocation may frequently be determined by psychological factors not consciously countenanced by the traveller and his or her company or GP.
Some of these psychological difficulties have been identified in travel books and company notices or advice sheets, but they are rarely addressed in a meaningful way before, during and after relocation.