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What To Expect At Israel’s Airport Security.

Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv is infamous amongst travellers for being seriously heavy with security. Horror stories of innocent travellers being detained for hours, missing flights and intrusive luggage checks are the norm, and the average traveller is often paranoid about strip searches and heavy interrogations, so what is it really like entering and exiting one of the most security conscious countries on the planet?

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Posted in Destinations, Travel Advice, Travel Safety

Is Israel Safe To Travel To? Perception Versus Reality.

When people think of travelling to Israel the question of safety and security always comes up. Is it safe to travel in Israel? Are tourists putting themselves at risk? The truth of the matter is the reality is very different to what many people assume.

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Posted in Destinations, Travel Safety

How Not To Get Murdered, Killed Or Kidnapped On Your Gap Year.

The media is rife with tales of backpackers coming to a sticky and untimely end on their gap years, salivating over details of all the monsters that lurk in the shadows the second you get off that plane. Listen to these expert tips instead of the media hype and learn how not to get murdered, killed, kidnapped or even worse on your once in a lifetime backpacking trip. 

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Posted in Travel Safety

The Importance Of An Exit Strategy On Your Gap Year.

Would you know what to do if something went horribly wrong on your gap year and you need to get out or go home in a hurry? If something terrible happens while you are travelling and you need to bail quickly, it is essential that you have an exit strategy that will get you out of that situation and to a place of safety as quickly as possible. Here are the top expert tips to keep you from getting stuck in a situation you don’t want to be in.

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Posted in Travel Safety

Staying Safe Online When Travelling.

In a modern digital age gap year travellers are very rarely offline and often have at least one connected device on them at all times. The problem is those devices often have a wealth of personal information about us, our family, our finances, our entire lives, and many travellers do not think about the security or protection of those devices and can leave themselves open to online threats. Here is a quick and easy guide for backpackers to keep their online activities secure on their gap year.

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Why I hate Money Belts (And Why You Shouldn’t Wear Them).

Money belts are an almost ubiquitous piece of travel equipment, but should you wear a money belt on your gap year? I can’t stand them, never wear one and think they do very little to decrease the risk of becoming a victim or losing your important documents. Here’s why.

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Posted in Travel Safety

Should You Learn Self Defence Before Your Gap Year?

Is learning a martial art or a bit of self defence a good idea for your gap year? Well the problem is the answer isn’t exactly clear cut. Staying safe on your gap year involves far more than learning just a few martial arts moves, so this article asks if learning self defence before travelling is really a good idea.

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Posted in Travel Safety

Top 10 Solo Female Travel Safety Tips.

Taking a gap year as a solo female backpacker is often seen as too dangerous or risky, and as a result solo travel as a woman can be a little daunting, but it really doesn’t have to be. Travelling the world solo is one of the most empowering, rewarding and downright awesome things you will ever do, and despite what the mass media or well meaning relatives say it can be overwhelmingly safe too with the right knowledge, preparation and precautions. So here are the top 10 expert tips to help you reduce any risk to your personal safety and security whilst on your travels.

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Posted in Solo Travel, Travel Lists, Travel Safety

Is Backpacking Around The World Safe?

Is travelling the world dangerous? Is taking a gap year safe? These questions come up a lot, and there is often a lot of confusion between levels of personal fear and genuine danger, so given that it is such an important topic I just want to take a moment to discuss whether travelling the world or taking a gap year is safe or not.

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Travel Safety Month On Bemused Backpacker.

November is Travel Safety month on Bemused Backpacker and the whole month is going to be devoted to every aspect of gap year safety and staying safe on your travels.

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Posted in Travel Safety, Travel Talk

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