Keeping Safe

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Keeping Safe

Keeping safe on your gap year trip is a priority and taking safety precautions is an essential part of your gap travel preparation. Travelling is fun but you need to be aware that sometimes your safety may come under threat while you are abroad.

Check the top safety tips before you go

In order to stay safe on your travels it is important to follow basic safety precautions and do your destination research. Some places are safer than others, and it's wise to read all of our country key facts and check travel safety advice on the FCO website before you go away. Familiarise yourself with all the top safety tips for each of your travel destinations and you'll feel better prepared. Take care of your safety and focus on having an unforgettable gap year - make it memorable for all the right reasons!

Avoid being a victim of crime

The majority of crime is opportunistic theft like pick-pocketing and bag snatching. Some destinations are more dangerous than others but it is possible to be a victim of crime anywhere in the world, especially if you let your guard down. The best way to stay safe is to take steps to avoid being a target in the first place. Safety is paramount when travelling overseas but many people have travelled across much of the world without anything major happening to them. So here are some tried and tested tips:

  • Avoid walking around alone when it's dark but if you have to, keep to well-lit areas.
  • Don't take short cuts down alleys and avoid walking alone on beaches at night
  • There is a greater risk of crime at night. Try and arrive in new places during the day. When booking flights, try to pick one that arrives at a reasonable time, so you have time to reach your accommodation during the daylight hours.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts.
  • Don't make yourself an easy target and you can make sure you keep your belongings safe. Don't wear jewellery and don't flash cameras, iPods and video cameras around.
  • Only travel in licensed taxis and don't accept lifts from strangers.
  • Don't hitch hike. It's not safe in any country.
  • Try to be sensible with your alcohol consumption. Don't get so drunk that you don't know where you are or what you are doing.
  • Keep an eye on your drinks at all times. Just like in the UK, there is a big problem all around the world with drinks being spiked. If you plan to go off for a dance or go off to the loo, make sure your friends keep a close eye on your drink or take it with you. Don't accept drinks from strangers. Boys and Girls are both vulnerable to having their drinks spiked. It's nasty and it could result in you waking up to find your valuables stolen, or you being assaulted.
  • Do not buy or take drugs overseas, it's not worth the risk. Foreign countries have varying laws, but you could be landed with a hefty fine or even face a prison sentence. In some countries, the punishment for possession or usage of drugs is the death penalty. Stories of sentences in Thai jails should be enough to put you off!
  • Lock your doors and windows at night. If there is no door lock, use a simple door wedge that can be bought from a hardware store. This makes it very hard for the door to be opened from the outside.

Sign up for a safety training course

If you want to be fully prepared and understand how to stay safe abroad, why not sign up for our Safety Training Course in London before you travel? Learn top safety tips from travel safety experts and be fully prepared to look after yourself abroad!