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Safety Training Course

This intensive one-day safety training course is specially designed to prepare travellers for their upcoming trips and has seen a wide range of travellers; from gap year travellers to journalists and celebrities alike, join the course.

The course covers a wide range of travel issues, including health, safety and practical skills, and by the end of the day you'll know what to do in a range of situations and be ready to face your trip no matter where you're headed or why.


  • Join the same safety training course taken by Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman before their 'Long Way Round' and 'Long Way Down' bike expeditions
  • Designed for professionals and individuals alike, this course has prepared journalists for trips into conflict zones, helped celebrities face the wild world of travel documentary filming, and can help get you confident and ready for your upcoming trip
  • Have the confidence to enjoy and make the most of your trip knowing that you're prepared to face anything along the way
  • Get pre-departure advice, medical briefings, health and safety advice, kit list advice and much more!
  • Have all of your travel questions and queries answered by professional, experienced, and seasoned travellers

Happy Gappers trek the world in safety


Course Details

Split into a number of sections throughout the day, the course is held either in person in central London or Northamptonshire, or virtually via online video conferencing, and runs between 9.30am and 15.45.

Aiming to get you confident and prepared (and most importantly, keep you safe), you'll be taught how to deal with likely problems you may face along the way, and be shown how to quickly recognise dangers, use your initiative, think on your feet, and make the most of any situation.

The sections you'll cover whilst on the course include:

  • Before You Go - How to prepare for your trip, including research into issues regarding local laws, religions, cultures and local customs, potential terrorism and security risks
  • Over There - Where to stay, how to carry money, safe food and water practices, and how best to deal with authorities (such as police or the army etc).
  • Keeping Yourself Going - Including a look at incident management, this section largely deals with first aid and medical issues, and teaches you how to perform emergency first aid, recognise and treat shock and altitude sickness, treat hot and cold injuries and other common ailments, and generally raise your awareness of the importance of health and hygiene during your travels.
  • What to Take - Kit briefings and advice on how and what to pack and wear; both everyday and whilst you're on the move. 
  • Getting About - Do's and don'ts of taxis, buses, boats, driving, hitchbhiking, backpacking, and safe travel with new people.
  • Keeping Safe - how to avoid becoming a victim, how to keep a low profile, how to diffuse confrontations, and how to deal with and avoid a range of dangers, from muggings and pick pocketing, to kidnappings and extreme situation survival.
  • Gender Specifics - For Girls, by Girls - discussing common female travel issues and what to expect, such as appropriate dress codes, varying cultural attitudes towards women, and how to avoid sexual harassment along the way.
Thank you for all your help with organising the safety course for our daughter and her partner. They said they had a great day and really enjoyed it and shared with us so much information. There was a lot they didn't know beforehand. As parents we feel very reassured now that they have had this safety course. Thank you!
Mrs Parsons


Taught through interactive scenarios, role play, discussions, lectures, and hands-on examples, the course is led by experienced and well-travelled instructors who like to keep things fun and interesting, and will pepper the day with some incredible personal stories and travel anecdotes!

Meeting at 09.30am in the reception area of the Troubadour Cafe in Earls Court, London (or at the centre in Northamptonshire) your schedule for the day should start at around 09.45 and will run in the following way:

  • 09.45 - 10.00 - Introduction
  • 10.00 - 10.50 - Before You Go
  • 10.55 - 11.40 - What to Take
  • 11.45 - 12.15 - Getting About
  • 12.15 - 13.00 - Over There
  • 13.00 - 13.30 - Lunch
  • 13.45 - 14.45 - Keeping Yourself Going
  • 14.45 - 15.00 - Gender Specifics
  • 15.00 - 15.30 - Keeping Safe
  • 15.30 - 15.45 - Final Q & A

Please note that on occasion the course may be held online, rather than in person. The content of the course remains the same. 

Cost & Booking

Price per student: £175 (or £130 for an online course)  if you would like to book the safety course please call us on 01892 527392

Course Dates

Lasting one day, the course runs between 9.30am - 4.30pm, and includes a simple buffet lunch, cold drinks, teas and coffees. Courses are held in either London, Northamptonshire or as an online virtual course. Each student will be issued with travellers notes at the end of the course.

  • 7th May 2024 (London)
  • 4th July 2024 (Virtual)
  • 8th August 2024 (London)
  • 17th October 2024 (Virtual)
  • 14th November 2024 (London)
  • 5th December 2024 (London)
  • 12th December 2024 (London)
  • 19th December 2024 (London)
  • 7th January 2025 (London)
  • 16th January 2025 (London)
  • 23rd January 2025 (London)

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