Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation is a registered UK charity, working to raise awareness of the importance of safer travel to anyone going travelling. We work with the education sector and other travel-related organisations to provide easily accessible and helpful information about safe travel.
- Educational workshops and presentations
- Blogs and travel stories from experienced travellers
- Destination specific travel guide safertravel.org
We believe travel can broaden horizons. We always encourage people to ‘follow their dreams’ but to also recognise and prioritise life’s values every step of the way.
Please visit our travel safety education page to find out more about our presentations to students, interactive workshops and online video advice.
On the 10th April, the Stuttle family received the worst news possible. The headline in the newspaper read ‘English backpacker thrown to her death in Australia’. The book is an insightful real-life story of ordinary people who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances.
British true-crime documentary series in which family members, friends and investigators share first-hand accounts of mysterious deaths, both solved and unsolved, of British citizens abroad. Episode 4 | Murder in Australia. British residents love to escape Britain’s miserable weather for sunny skies and sandy beaches.
A service for Caroline was held in Bundaberg and broadcast on YouTube Live on the 10th of April 2022. An intimate meeting was held on the 12th April 2022 at the Mansion House in York, with prayer and candle lighting from the Lord Mayor.
Over 8 years of research we have collected travel safety information for over 350 popular tourist and backpacker destinations.
Safer Travel provides; travel safety tips, useful contacts, areas to avoid and common crimes as well as suggesting must-see highlights and attractions.
Safer Travel brings together essential travel, location and city specific safety advice for world destinations.
If you are ever confronted by anyone wanting to take your personal belongings, just let go! “Nothing is worth more than your life.”
An easily accessible source of essential information for over 350 travel destinations around the globe.
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How can I support the charity?
We are currently looking for funding for our VR travel safety projects, which are designed to educate young people about travel safety in an entertaining and immersive way. We currently have three different scenarios to choose from: airport safety, road trip adventures and weekend escapes.
Each project will cost around £30,000 to fully develop. You can learn more about our VR work here. Please get in touch if you would like to be involved.
How can I improve my safety when travelling?
Understanding a safety mindset
Since the charity began in 2002 there have been huge changes in the way we travel. Not only in the opportunities that are open to travellers but also the mindset of people wanting to explore the world. The Internet has certainly made the world a smaller place and when it comes to researching destinations all the information you need is at your fingertips.
A common question we get asked is; what can I do to improve my safety when travelling? We have been working in the travel safety industry since 2002, and have come up with three key points you need to consider to dramatically reduce the risks when travelling. Find out more.
What at your top travel tips?
Research before you go – Knowledge of the country or city you are travelling is essential. Make sure you are aware of what to expect when you arrive.
Travel Insurance – Make copies of your documents in case you need to prove who you are. Always check the details carefully, read the small print and make sure you are fully covered.
Local language – If travelling to a non-English speaking country, try to learn a few phrases. You will find you get a lot more respect from the locals.
Try your gear – Use your bag and walk in your shoes before you go. Get used to using your gear, so when you leave for your travelling adventure it feels familiar and comfortable.
Accommodation – Book your first night’s accommodation and know how to get there. This will make things easier and make you less of a target for opportunists.
Keeping people informed – Always let your friends know where you are going. They are less likely to worry if they are informed and can quickly raise the alarm in case of emergencies.
Follow your instincts – You will know if something feels right. Always listen to yourself and don’t be dragged with the crowd.
What is safertravel.org?
For our charity’s 10-year anniversary the charity built and launched its Safer Travel App. A comprehensive, destination specific travel safety guide.
Over 8 years of research we have collected travel safety information for over 350 popular tourist and backpacker destinations. Safer Travel provides; travel safety tips, useful contacts, areas to avoid and common crimes as well as suggesting must-see highlights and attractions. Our team is now checking and re-verifying all content, once completed each city will be uploaded to this site safertravel.org this means travellers are able to access the website without downloading our App.
How can I help my children stay safe when travelling?
As a parent, it is only natural to feel concern at the thought of your children heading off into the sunset with what seems like no definite idea where they are actually going or what they’re getting up to. The most helpful thing we can advise is to ensure your child is as prepared as possible for their trip. Talk to them about their adventures, they might have more knowledge than you think. Work with them to help understand the risks of the places they plan to visit, while still encouraging them to ‘follow their dreams‘.
Who was Caroline Stuttle?
April 10th 2002 the Stuttle family received the worst news possible. The headline in the newspaper read ‘English backpacker thrown to her death in Australia’.
Caroline Ann Stuttle was born on 2nd September 1982. She died in Bundaberg Australia during her gap year. During her 19 years, she lived an outstanding life and inspired people to follow their dreams. Marjorie (Caroline’s mother) and Richard (her brother) decided to start Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation to try to prevent what happened to their family happening to any other backpackers and travellers.
If you’d like to learn more about Caroline and her legacy, you can find it in Richard Stuttle’s book ‘Chasing Rainbows: The Stolen Future of Caroline Stuttle’, available here.
Read our latest travel stories from experienced travellers, backpackers and holiday makers. Each story includes insightful tips and advice which will help improve the knowledge of every world explorer.
Bali can be a place full of adventures. Located in Indonesia, it is a small island in the Southeast of Asia, where Indonesia itself is made up of more than 17,000 islands. It is a tropical island, where the weather is humid and warm all year round. There are two seasons, which are the dry season, from May to September, and the rainy season from October to April.
New York is one of the most popular cities in the world for tourists and visitors from all over the globe. This is thanks to the diverse culture, opportunities for activities, shopping, exciting dining experiences and a constant high energy atmosphere at its core. The bustling environment can be a real source of excitement for many visitors, who want to be a part of the heartbeat of the city.
The Lake District is more than a school residential; it of course has the lakes to explore, 16 to be exact, as well as other bodies of water and meres. But there are also caves and hidden gems to discover, and great food and drink to enjoy. I had to find out the hard way that lakes aren’t salty by falling in when I was younger, who knew!
The Airport Experience is a virtual reality project brought to you by Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation in collaboration with XR Stories and York St John University. In it, you are a travellers arriving at the airport before your go off on your travels. The aim of the game is to successfully make it through the airport process, including check-in, security and boarding, whilst overcoming different challenges and interactions along the way.
It’s been long enough now that many people have been on holiday since lockdown was lifted and travel opened up again back in May. Many people have been travelling since, and despite some foreign countries being safe enough to travel to, the majority of people have been sticking to staycations as they feel more comfortable staying in their home country.
The 12th of April was a big day for the UK, with the first set of lockdown measures being lifted across the country. This meant that lots of businesses were finally able to reopen – including self-contained holiday accommodation. This was absolutely fantastic news for both travellers and also the people that owned these holiday lets. Since the start of the original UK lockdown in March 2021, it has been an incredibly bumpy ride for owners of holiday homes – being allowed to reopen in the summer of 2020 to a record numbers of holidaymakers, only to be shut down again in the winter months due to coronavirus restrictions being re-tightened.
“Are you crazy” the words said by many people close to me at the talks I had given at me renting my house, leaving a safe secure job and life in England during a global pandemic to go work in Spain, Madrid/ Ibiza, for one year, during Brexit. “No risks no rewards” the phrase I kept telling myself. It was safe to say at the time of moving I needed a change, mentally I had some healing to do and that would only happen away from the place it was caused. Right time, right opportunity, it was time to leave.
2002 now seems like a lifetime ago. Another life when we were all completely different people. This year I feel is more significant in some way, as my sister Caroline lost her life at 19 and we have now had 19 years without her. I asked the question, what have I done with that time? Losing Caroline was by far the worst thing that ever happened in my life and to our family, we still remember her daily and want her to inspire others through Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation. Personally, I feel a responsibility to work hard and make her proud. We push to help other young people better understand the risks and stay safe when travelling.
Jacob Taylor and Sarah Campbell were supposed to get married in the summer of 2020. They were a long distance couple, Jacob lived in England whilst Sarah hailed from Canada, and the wedding was to be in Durham. The pandemic hit, and everything stopped. Sarah and her family could not leave Canada, the wedding was postponed and they waited for restrictions to lift. Many other people found themselves in similar scenarios: spouses and fiancés stuck in different countries and families divided as restrictions changed, sometimes with very little warning.
This week we were joined by Joe, who is currently training to become a commercial pilot. Joe was completing the second year of his training in Dubai when the coronavirus pandemic hit and unfortunately had to return to the UK.
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
Travel Safety Advice & Information
Travelling and exploring what is around us can really open our eyes to diverse cultures and experiences, often making us appreciate aspects of our own lives even more, and that we have the opportunity to travel in the first place. Authentic encounters with local people from a new place can round us, as we can then acknowledge the differences, we all have, and the similarities that can bond us together.
Colombia is an amazing country foreign workers can choose if they are interested in a different culture. It is also a country that allows their workers to work there with only basic teaching experience, a fresh degree and a TESOL certificate.
LA is the most popular city in California for visitors and the second most-populous in the United States. The mix of industrialised city life and the quiet beaches can really draw people in to experience both aspects of life. This can really bring balance to an otherwise busy place, but then again, LA is known for being quite relaxed and Zenlike.
France has proven in recent years to be a perfect example of a country where many foreign workers choose to travel and teach English. There are many reasons which include attractions, architecture/history and of course the food and drink. Annually, France sees roughly 90 million visitors a year who travel for various reasons according to the Ministry for European and Foreign affairs.
Japan is a prime example of the perfect country to teach English in for many reasons. Despite being on the other side of the world compared to the UK, the country itself is a beautiful place that offers different activities for those who visit and work there to help them feel more welcome.
Spain is one of the most popular countries that people go to when they are looking to teach English abroad. Not only is it close to the UK but it also offers workers the experience to work in a country that has amazing weather most of the year. It is ranked the number one country that people choose to work abroad.
Jobs abroad teaching English as a foreign language have become highly sought after due to how flexible and rewarding they are for the worker. Working abroad not only gives you the freedom to gain your own independence of living by yourself but it also allows you to explore a culture that may be entirely different from your own.
There are adventures to be had in areas all over the UK. A ‘staycation’ can provide an escape without the need for security checks, the stress of weighing cases and an early morning. A UK holiday boom has taken place since the pandemic, with many realising the beautiful places there are to discover.
It was great news for many resorts across the world this year as they were given the green-light to open for the first time since the pandemic started. This was great news as many businesses could begin to financially recover after a difficult year previously, as well as many people being able to travel and enjoy everything the winter season has to offer again!
There’s been a lot going on in the world of travel recently. Some good, and some bad. However, it’s mostly been great news as restrictions continue to relax around the world. Keep reading to get up to date with the latest news.