Debunking the Myths - Travel Before Kids

Myth: You have to travel now before you’re tied down with kids.

Truth: Of course there will be endless opportunities to travel, just look at your grandparents running off to Spain every other weekend! The point is that you will always be able to travel however you will experience it differently. Much like visiting Italy at 10 years old and visiting Italy at 23 having become fluent in the language; who you are and your circumstances alter the experience.

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Debunking the Myths - Travelling Alone

Myth: You should never travel alone.

Truth: Although your family meant this well, this false phrase really shouldn’t hold you back from exploring the world alone. Many travellers go it alone, whether due to needing their own space or having friends with different interests. No matter what the reason, if you make safe choices you can have an amazing time on your own and make everyone jealous with the pictures afterwards!

Safety tips on travelling alone:

1. Dress appropriately and keep ostentatious jewellery to a minimum.

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Adventure Sports Safety Tips

Typically Gap years are a time for adventure, and more often than not, Gap Year travellers decide to indulge in some adventure sports to help compliment that 'once in a lifetime' trip. Most of the time, these are completely safe and run by credible activity  operators, but nothing is 100% risk free, so it helps to be well informed about how to stay safe, before you decide to go with certain operators.

The most popular high risk adventure activities taken by gap year students are without a doubt  

  • Diving,
  • Skydiving,
  • Bungee Jumping and
  • White Water Rafting.
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Travel packing List

When packing, we suggest being organised and following this list by Objective Gap Safety; it will make your life much easier and you will be able to spot things being planted on you. Items you will often use need to be in a compartment that can be easily reached.

Essential list

Money belt – with a clip fastener, Day sack: 15 - 20L max.

First Aid kit + sterile needle set.

Head torch/small torch. The Petzl Zipka or Tikka LED head torch is recommended.

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Top Travel Tips

Always do your research before you go. Find out about the different cultures and laws where you plan to visit. Even America, Australia and other English-speaking countries have different ways from the UK. The more prepared you are, the better; it could save you being fined or arrested.

Don't save money by purchasing the cheapest insurance or choosing no insurance at all. To be safe, you should be covered for full medical attention. Even a simple visit to a doctor can cost what seems to be a fortune at the time. Check out the small print especially if you plan to do any unusual sports like scuba diving, skydiving or bungee jumping - often people don’t realise they‘re not insured until it’s too late.

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Did you know?

Often, many travellers are not necessarily aware of the different cultures and habits of the country they are visiting. Below are a few simple tips from destinations across the world which may be very helpful to know when arriving in a strange place for the first time.

Remember to do your own in-depth research about the country you’re visiting to make sure you’re fully prepared.

Australia

Ayers Rock (Uluru) in Australia is still sacred to the Aborigines and they do not like tourists to climb it. 

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Female Travel Tips

Although some of us live in an equal society, many people in the world do not and in some places, women are treated quite differently from men. It is important for all travellers to be aware of these cultural differences when visiting such countries and to take steps to reduce the risk of any dangers.        



Don't announce that you are travelling alone. If you think you are being followed, walk confidently and calmly into a shop, hotel or any other busy place. Wait to see if the person who was following has moved on. You can always ask someone else to look for you and check the person has gone. Often the best people to ask are other women or family groups.

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