Safety Training Course

An intensive one-day safety training course, this trip 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.

Created to face increasing needs for gap travel preparation and safety advice, this course has run regularly since 2002 and should bring you the confidence you'll need to trek into the unexplored world off the beaten track. You'll get a wide range of safety training and tips, from getting your kit list to general travel advice and preparatory courses on danger avoidance. 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

Trip Info

Split into a number of sections throughout the day, the course is held in central London, 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 - Covering your predeparture preparations, you'll be encouraged to do a little research into your destinations and will consider all the basic info you'll need to know before you go; from issues regarding local laws, religions, cultures and local customs, to awareness over potential terrorism and security risks. You'll also be encouraged to consider other preparations, such as what to do about your travel insurance, travel documents and financing, and be given advice on how to keep in touch and keep healthy both before and after you leave.

A girl prepares for her gap year by taking medical training.

Over There - Covering info on where to stay, you'll discuss the age-old 'hotels vs hostels' situation, look at what to do regarding money whilst you're abroad, discuss safe food and water practices, and learn how best to deal with authorities (such as police or the army etc). Letting you know exactly where and how to get help, this section will also examine the role of the British consul and embassies, letting you know what you should do and expect if you encounter corrupt officials or bribes during your travels.

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. From bugs and bites to sunburn and dehydration, after this section you'll know exactly how to keep both yourself and your travel partners going along the road.

What to Take (and How to Look After It) - To make sure you're fully prepared for your journey you'll be given kit briefings and advice on how and what to pack and wear; both everyday and whilst you're on the move. From rucksacks to suitcases, you'll learn how to keep your stuff safe and well maintained, and will discuss the best footwear and clothing to take, from everyday gear (such as money belts, torches, cameras and diaries), to safety gadgets, first aid kits, and other essentials (such as what travel documents you'll need to take).

Getting About - In order to see the world, you're going to need to get out on the road a bit, and this section will ensure you do so in the safest ways possible. From air advice to the travel do's and don'ts of taxis, buses, boats, driving and more, you'll discuss hitchhiking, backpacking, and safe travel with new people; as you learn how to keep both yourself and your stuff secure on the move, and learn a little about survival navigation.

Keeping Safe - One of the most important sections on the course, this part of the day aims to keep you safe as you enjoy your travels and will ensure that you return in one piece! Discussing security awareness you'll be taught how to avoid becoming a victim, be shown how to keep a low profile, learn how to diffuse confrontations, and learn how to deal with and avoid a range of dangers, from muggings and pick pocketing, to kidnappings and extreme situation survival, whether environmental (earthquakes and avalanches) or recreational (swimming, safaris, etc). You'll also cover international rescue signs and signals, and discuss drug and alcohol awareness in this section.

Gender Specifics - For Girls, by Girls - A slightly more specialised section, there will also be a section 'by the girls, for the girls' on the course, 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.

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 London. Each student will be issued with travellers notes at the end of the course.


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Cost & Booking

Price per student: £160 if you would like to book the safety course please call us on 01892 527392


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, 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