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.
Knowledge | Awareness | Response
Let’s start with knowledge. In the sense of knowledge about where you are going and what you are planning to do. Research is always number one. Any place we want to visit there is usually an interest that makes us want to find out more, ultimately the more you know the better your experience.
Research is key
- Find out about common crimes
- Areas to take extra care
- Top safety tips
- Annual events
This information will give you an insight into the place you are planning to visit. The more aware you will be of the potential dangers the safer you become.
Armed with the knowledge of the possible risks, common crimes and relevant safety tips its raised your awareness and enables you to spot possible hazardous situations before they unfold. There are a few simple techniques that will help reduce your risk when travelling.
Raise your awareness
- Recognise body language & warning signs
- Be aware and present in busy places
- Keep calm and know where you are going
- Understand people’s intentions
Being aware at the right times can dramatically improve your safety. If you are in busy areas keep an eye on your belongings and the people you are travelling with.
How you handle a situation is very important and can dramatically change the outcome. If you recognise the dangers early enough it will give you time to process and decide on the best course of action. There are a variety of defusion techniques that you can use to alter a potentially dangerous outcome.
How to handle a situation
- Take a step back
- Watch your body language
- Stop, breath and assess
- Respond and defuse
Understanding a persons intentions is vital in defusing a potentially hazardous situation. Consider your reply carefully before you respond.
Travel safety advice & information from seasoned travellers
Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, ranking as number 9 on World Population Review in 2020. It’s generally safe to walk around at night, violent crime is extremely rare, and things that often plague other countries’ sightseeing spots such as pickpocketing and mugging are low.
Ethiopia is a beautiful and diverse country with so much to explore. I first came to Ethiopia for a weeklong work trip, where I didn’t see much other than the hotel and the office. I then returned for another work trip, this time for a month, where I was able to get out and explore, and I started to fall in love with the country.
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.
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