Our tour leaders, planning and operation team and local teams on the ground will use our experience and expertise to manage your adventure as safely as possible, but by taking a few simple precautions you can minimise the risks you face when travelling to destinations around the world, from busy city hubs to remote moutains treks!
Before you go
Stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the destination you are travelling to by subscribing to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel updates. These updates will offer latest news and developments as well as specific advice for the destination or region you are travelling to. Get started here: https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/ or visit the destination links listed on your adventure’s trip page.
The FCO also offer advice on Safer Adventure Travel when abroad and specific questions to ask operators before travelling. If having read all of the ‘important travel information’ and specific trip information on this website, you feel we have not answered all questions, or if you would like any further clarification, please get in touch and we will be happy to discuss.
Basic precautions when travelling
- think about what you are doing at all times and trust your instincts. Don’t take risks that you wouldn’t in the UK
- don’t openly display valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras and consider using a padlock on suitcases or backpacks
- find out how to minimise your risk from terrorism and what to do if there’s a terrorist attack
- find out about local customs and dress, behave accordingly and obey local laws. There may be serious penalties for breaking a law that might seem trivial at home
- be careful when taking photographs, videos or using binoculars. These activities may be misunderstood by local authorities, especially near military installations.
- store useful numbers on your phone such as the local police and the nearest British embassy or consulate
- whether you’re living abroad or visiting, be aware of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning, just as you would in the UK; the ‘Be Alarmed’ campaign gives practical advice on how to stay safe and lists the symptoms to look out for
Be scam aware
Where there are tourists, there are scams. They may differ in type around the world but most work around the premise of distraction and separating you from your valuables. A local guidebook is a good place to read about the most common scams for that destination and any specific areas to be more vigilant. Scammers are often looking for easy targets and sometimes just having read about a certain scam will give you enough to avoid becoming a victim if you recognise early warning signs.
Generally, busy tourist traps are places scams are more prevalent. Being bumped into or having something ‘splattered’ on to you should raise alarm bells and you should proceed with caution if someone then approaches you to help. Fake Taxis can usually be avoided by using registered ‘radio taxis’ and Fake Police scams can usually be deterred by asking to go to the local police station.
Your local guide will also be able to inform you of any scams known in the local area.
The FCO describe terrorism as a serious threat to British nationals travelling overseas globally, attacks often being difficult to predict. The FCO advise that targets are often busy places that aren’t well protected and where Westerners can be found. These include places like bars, restaurants, shops, places of worship, tourist sites and transport networks. They have published a series of recommendations for minimising your risk from terrorism, centred around advice such as following media reports, being vigilant in busy areas and being aware of your surroundings. For all advice around minimising your risk from terrorism please see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/reduce-your-risk-from-terrorism-while-abroad