Staying safe when travelling is an important and necessary factor when planning your gap year, yet it isn’t as difficult as you may think.
With the constant media reports of piracy, kidnappings, rape, murder, terrorist attacks and other terrible things happening to backpackers and travelers all over the world, it can be very easy to see why people can be afraid of travel. It is also easy to see why one of the most common concerns, and some of the more frequent questions from first time backpackers is about personal safety.
I’m sure many of you reading this have the same concerns, and you are not alone. Many first time backpackers are genuinely scared about their personal safety and security before they go backpacking, and it even stops some from going travelling altogether!
But it really isn’t like that at all, after fifteen years of backpacking the world I am speaking from personal experience when I say backpacking can be very safe with basic common sense and reasonable practical precautions. Travel safety is all about how you minimise your chances of becoming a victim. And that goes for both genders equally.
The dangers of taking a gap year or travelling the world have to be put into perspective. The absolute majority of people travel very safely and without incident, and the statistics for becoming the victim of crime when travelling are actually pretty low. There are risks out there in the world of course, just as there are risks in your home town, your own country and in every aspect of life, but with the right knowledge, the right training and the right precautions, you can minimise that risk to acceptable levels and travel the world safely and securely.
So don’t let the risks of travel spill over into extreme paranoia or fear, and certainly don’t allow that to stop you from travelling! Be careful, but don’t be scared.
Use the advice and tips in the following pages to give you the knowledge and the confidence to help keep yourself safe, and then get out there and enjoy your travels!
Before You Go.
Basic Risk Management.
Safety Tips On The Road.
Safety Tips For Solo Travellers.
Gender Specific Safety Advice.
Theft And Personal Protection.
Travel And Terrorism.
If after reading this section you are still worried, you need more detailed information or if you want one to one safety advice from an experienced expert, then please feel free to use the Bemused Backpacker Gap Year Safety Consultation service.
You will get an hours consultation with dedicated one to one tuition designed to ease your worries, arm you with the knowledge you need to keep you safe and prepare you as much as possible before your trip so you can simply get on with enjoying your round the world adventure of a lifetime.
Covering everything from what you need to know before you go, how to stay safe on the road, how to deal with and avoid danger or difficult situations and what to do if something does go wrong, this consultation service is an absolute must for anyone about to embark on their first gap year or round the world adventure!