Staying safe on an adventure should be at the forefront of people’s minds. As much as I believe that the world is not a scary place there is a small percentage of people in the world that wish to cause harm to you. Staying safe doesn’t just mean being wary of the human threats. It covers many different aspects of adventure; from health, entry requirements, terrorism and security and local laws and customs. Failing to plan and be aware of these risks could lead to a disaster happening on your adventure.
Staying safe does not only apply to adventures. It should be applied to all travel. Whether you are travelling as a tourist, on business or studying abroad, common sense should be applied and the correct precautions should be taken.
Here are some resources and tips to stay safe on your next adventure.
If you are planning to visit any country, I always check the FCO website to see what the British Government’s advice is for that area. Simply enter into your search engine the name of the country followed by FCO (eg “Israel FCO”). Here you will find up to date advice and sometimes a map of the country with places you are not advised to travel to.
It is good to keep in mind that this advice is usually very cautious. There are areas that I would travel to that are “amber’ or sometimes even “red”. It is all about your risk appetite. The government has to put the safety of its citizens first.
As I have just returned from a weekend in Israel, I will use this country as an example.
As you can see from the map, Israel is a mostly ‘green’ country to visit. If you travel to the green areas you will be should be safe. The red areas are focused on the Gaza strip and the Syrian border. Always check the FCO website for the up to date travel advice. If you are not British, I would advise you to check the advice your country gives as this will give you accurate information for entry requirements.
How safe is my trip provides a fantastic service to those that may not have the confidence to head off without that peace of mind that the area they are visiting is safe. The world is an ever-changing and often volatile place. How safe is my trip can provide you real-time threat updates for business, vacation and academic travellers. This service was set up by a former British Army Intelligence Officer who since leaving the Army has worked in intelligence and security in the Middle East and South East Asia.
Travel Safety Tips
- There is no replacement for common sense when travelling. There are countless instances of people dying from taking selfies in dangerous places. Don’t end up on this list.
- Keep in touch with friends and family on a regular basis to let them know where you are and what your plans are.
- Don’t flaunt expensive items around such as laptops or phones. Use your common sense and read the environment. This will draw further attention to you, especially in poorer areas.
- If staying at a hotel or hostel, take their card before heading out. If you get lost or injured, you can be reunited with your belongings.
- When drinking alcohol don’t get absolutely wasted. This is when you are at your most vulnerable.
- Check the vaccination and health requirements. There is nothing worse than being ill on the road.