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
Based off of the responses we got from our recent survey, we wanted to provide you with some of our best advice for areas of travel a lot of people felt unsure about. This guide will cover going through the airport security process, feeling more comfortable flying, who to contact and where to go in an emergency and travelling from the airport to your accommodation.
Regardless of the crime landscape in your area, we all have to travel. We have to go to work. We have to go buy food. And, as the pandemic has so keenly highlighted for everyone, we need to see our friends and family somewhat regularly or we’re going to lose it a little bit. This is just how we all live our lives. It shouldn’t be up to us to try to be the least attackable person walking home at 6pm on a Thursday when you should be deciding what to have for tea but this is the world we live in. A predator is going to attack what appears to be the easiest target so you need to make it hard for them.
Now, given the virus that shall not be named is still about, and it’s still considered quite unsafe to travel abroad, I think its fair to say we all need something to look forward to. However, a week in the sun is not yet on the cards.
2020 left a lot to be desired when it came to travel. The coronavirus situation put a temporary end to many people’s holiday plans, but there is hope that in 2021 we will be able to get back to doing what we love and exploring the world. The travel industry needs all the help it can get to rebuild, and we hope this guide will provide you with the key safety information required so that you can travel safely when destinations open-up again.
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