Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation is a registered UK charity, working to raise awareness of the importance of safer travel to anyone going travelling. We work with the education sector, the Foreign Office and other organisations to provide easily accessible and helpful information about safe travel.
We believe travel can broaden horizons. We always encourage people to ‘follow their dreams’ but to also recognise and prioritise life’s values every step of the way.
Over 8 years of research we have collected travel safety information for over 350 popular tourist and backpacker destinations.
Safer Travel provides; travel safety tips, useful contacts, areas to avoid and common crimes as well as suggesting must-see highlights and attractions.
Safer Travel brings together essential travel, location and city specific safety advice for world destinations.
If you are ever confronted by anyone wanting to take your personal belongings, just let go! “Nothing is worth more than your life.”
An easily accessible source of essential information for over 350 travel destinations around the globe.
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How can I improve my safety when travelling?
Understanding a safety mindset
Since the charity began in 2002 there have been huge changes in the way we travel. Not only in the opportunities that are open to travellers but also the mindset of people wanting to explore the world. The Internet has certainly made the world a smaller place and when it comes to researching destinations all the information you need is at your fingertips.
A common question we get asked is; what can I do to improve my safety when travelling? We have been working in the travel safety industry since 2002, and have come up with three key points you need to consider to dramatically reduce the risks when travelling. Find out more.
What at your top travel tips?
Research before you go – Knowledge of the country or city you are travelling is essential. Make sure you are aware of what to expect when you arrive.
Travel Insurance – Make copies of your documents in case you need to prove who you are. Always check the details carefully, read the small print and make sure you are fully covered.
Local language – If travelling to a non-English speaking country, try to learn a few phrases. You will find you get a lot more respect from the locals.
Try your gear – Use your bag and walk in your shoes before you go. Get used to using your gear, so when you leave for your travelling adventure it feels familiar and comfortable.
Accommodation – Book your first night’s accommodation and know how to get there. This will make things easier and make you less of a target for opportunists.
Keeping people informed – Always let your friends know where you are going. They are less likely to worry if they are informed and can quickly raise the alarm in case of emergencies.
Follow your instincts – You will know if something feels right. Always listen to yourself and don’t be dragged with the crowd.
What is safertravel.org?
For our charity’s 10-year anniversary the charity built and launched its Safer Travel App. A comprehensive, destination specific travel safety guide.
Over 8 years of research we have collected travel safety information for over 350 popular tourist and backpacker destinations. Safer Travel provides; travel safety tips, useful contacts, areas to avoid and common crimes as well as suggesting must-see highlights and attractions. Our team is now checking and re-verifying all content, once completed each city will be uploaded to this site safertravel.org this means travellers are able to access the website without downloading our App.
How can I help my children stay safe when travelling?
As a parent, it is only natural to feel concern at the thought of your children heading off into the sunset with what seems like no definite idea where they are actually going or what they’re getting up to. The most helpful thing we can advise is to ensure your child is as prepared as possible for their trip. Talk to them about their adventures, they might have more knowledge than you think. Work with them to help understand the risks of the places they plan to visit, while still encouraging them to ‘follow their dreams‘.
Who was Caroline Stuttle?
April 10th 2002 the Stuttle family received the worst news possible. The headline in the newspaper read ‘English backpacker thrown to her death in Australia’.
Caroline Ann Stuttle was born on 2nd September 1982. She died in Bundaberg Australia during her gap year. During her 19 years, she lived an outstanding life and inspired people to follow their dreams. Marjorie (Caroline’s mother) and Richard (her brother) decided to start Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation to try to prevent what happened to their family happening to any other backpackers and travellers. Read More
Read our latest travel stories from experienced travellers, backpackers and holiday makers. Each story includes insightful tips and advice which will help improve the knowledge of every world explorer.
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“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
Travel Safety Advice & Information
With the continuing impact COVID-19 is having on the travel industry, the idea of a ‘staycation’, or going on a holiday within the UK, is becoming more and more appealing. Whilst it might seem sad that jetting off to a golden beach or a mountain adventure isn’t as simple as it once was, we should use this time to appreciate the natural beauty we have just outside our doorstep.
Will backpacking ever be the same again? I have been an avid traveller over 20 years, spending 10 winter seasons in the French Alps and summers travelling around Europe. In 2003 I embarked on a 2-year backpacking adventure around Australia, New Zealand and Thailand…
Going abroad for anything other than essential reasons is currently banned throughout the UK, but the reports of a potential vaccine have led to a rising interest from people eager to get back out there and travel.
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I would like to share the following thoughts and feelings during this change. I hope it helps in some way. Please take what you need and leave the rest.
It is perfectly normal to feel unhappy and lost with our current situation; you should allow plenty of room for mental adjustment. Take this as a positive, you are not in denial but learning to deal with a new way of living day by day. Every day it will become easier.
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