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.
Knowledge | Awareness | Response
Let’s start with knowledge. In the sense of knowledge about where you are going and what you are planning to do. Research is always number one. Any place we want to visit there is usually an interest that makes us want to find out more, ultimately the more you know the better your experience.
Research is key
- Find out about common crimes
- Areas to take extra care
- Top safety tips
- Annual events
This information will give you an insight into the place you are planning to visit. The more aware you will be of the potential dangers the safer you become.
Armed with the knowledge of the possible risks, common crimes and relevant safety tips its raised your awareness and enables you to spot possible hazardous situations before they unfold. There are a few simple techniques that will help reduce your risk when travelling.
Raise your awareness
- Recognise body language & warning signs
- Be aware and present in busy places
- Keep calm and know where you are going
- Understand people’s intentions
Being aware at the right times can dramatically improve your safety. If you are in busy areas keep an eye on your belongings and the people you are travelling with.
How you handle a situation is very important and can dramatically change the outcome. If you recognise the dangers early enough it will give you time to process and decide on the best course of action. There are a variety of defusion techniques that you can use to alter a potentially dangerous outcome.
How to handle a situation
- Take a step back
- Watch your body language
- Stop, breath and assess
- Respond and defuse
Understanding a persons intentions is vital in defusing a potentially hazardous situation. Consider your reply carefully before you respond.
Travel safety advice & information from seasoned travellers
Why travel? An exploration of the mentality of travelling the world, and the benefits that come along with it.
Many people might just associate travel with holidays, and getting away from it all for a week or two to relax somewhere nice, or do something exhilarating. However, all travel, however big or small, is inherently decided by an ideology about why we want to travel. This is different for everyone, and some people may have a solid understanding of why they want to travel, for others they might not be able to quite put their finger on it; they just know they love it.
When it comes to travel, the possibilities are endless. With 197 countries and over 10,000 cities in the world, there are a whole host of places to try, and experiences to be had. But as well as the destination, the type of holiday can really affect the experience you have. Most people are accustomed to weekend breaks, or short stay holidays of about a week. These usually consist of staying in the same location, often a city, for a few days (usually over the weekend), and exploring this area and sometimes attractions around it.
Inevitably, the first part of any holiday is the planning stage. For some people, this can be an exciting time to explore their options and see what different countries and locations have to offer, but for others this is a drag they just want to get out the way and get going with their holiday. Although everyone ‘plans’ their holiday to a certain extent (such as the flights you take, where you stay and which country you go to) there is a variety of different approaches beyond this.
Backpacking is a low-cost way of travelling which includes visiting many different locations in one trip whilst carrying around your possessions with you and staying in accommodation such as cheap hostels and lodges. It’s a unique way of travelling that is mainly done independently and by people aged 20 to 25 who make up about 2/3 of the people who go backpacking and can be a great way to experience many different cultures.
The interrail is a unique way to travel around the continent of Europe, it’s a train pass that allows you to travel using almost all trains in Europe which allows you to see the entire continent using just one method of transport. The pass covers 33 countries giving you the availability to choose between 3000 different destinations by simply showing your pass on your phone and hopping on the train. The interrail can be a more cost-effective and efficient way to travel for someone who wants to experience a lot and see numerous different locations.
Even though beach holidays and travelling in the summer months are the way most people travel, planning a trip during Winter and going to countries of colder climates have so much to offer. Travelling at this time of year also comes with the added benefits of airports being less busy and flights sometimes cheaper which helps to escape the poor English weather and experience a true winter.
The amount of people taking a gap year to travel is increasing, research by Teachingabroad showed that 56% of students that take a gap year travel during that time. A gap year is normally taken before a major change in life such as going to university, starting a new job or having a baby but anyone should consider time to travel at any stage of their life.
For most of us Travelling, booking holidays and having new experiences is very exciting and something we look forward to. Not only this but it can have many positives to people’s mental and emotional health as well as brain function. A trip can be a break from our routines and the stress of daily life, allowing the mind to reset and recharge as it offers change from the norm and a more relaxed lifestyle.
Amsterdam is the capital and biggest city of The Netherlands, and one of the most alluring tourist destinations in Europe. Around 20 million people flock to visit this city every year, and once you’ve had an experience of its quaint cafes, picturesque architecture and beautiful canals, it’s easy to understand why. But with it’s walkable, or cycle-able, city centre, Amsterdam is a very popular tourist destination for city breaks.
The United Kingdom is made up of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and all 4 places are home to beautiful scenery and exciting activities that make them great travel destinations.
Starting off with England, the biggest country out of the four accounting for just over half of the total area of the United Kingdom. This means, that England has a variety of destinations to travel to which all give a different experience. For example, London or Birmingham for a city break or Cornwall for a more coastal destination.