As a parent, it is only natural to feel concern at the thought of your offspring heading off into the sunset with 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. You can make sure that they are well-informed about how to maximise their personal safety, while still encouraging them to follow their dreams. Talk to your child about their trip. Find out where they plan to go and how they are financing it. You need to know whether it is an organised trip with a group, or if they are setting off on their own. Ask for a rough plan of the trip, and encourage them to let you know of any major changes to the plan once they are under way.
As a parent, it is only natural to feel concern at the thought of your offspring heading off into the sunset with 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. You can make sure that they are well-informed about how to maximise their personal safety, while still encouraging them to follow their dreams.
Talk to your child about their trip. Find out where they plan to go and how they are financing it. You need to know whether it is an organised trip with a group, or if they are setting off on their own. Ask for a rough plan of the trip, and encourage them to let you know of any major changes to the plan once they are under way.
Help them with their travel research if they are happy for you to do so. Sometimes, making a few phone calls on their behalf may help ease your mind. Offering to check the small print on any insurance documents can also be helpful, as it is may be something that your child is new to.
Discuss what they would do if….
- they got their bags stolen;
- someone tried to attack them; or
- their friends ended up getting drunk every night.
Pre-trip discussions like this will hopefully stick in their memories and could be of help if they were to get in a difficult situation.
Read stories and advice from other travellers
It’s been long enough now that many people have been on holiday since lockdown was lifted and travel opened up again back in May. Many people have been travelling since, and despite some foreign countries being safe enough to travel to, the majority of people have been sticking to staycations as they feel more comfortable staying in their home country.
Washington DC. Quite possibly one of the most important and famous cities in America, if not one of the most important and famous in the entire world, is an absolute marvel of a location, with enough history and landmarks to entice anyone to visit. From the Lincoln Memorial, to the Washington Monument and even 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the home of the most powerful man in the world. Any fan of American History, culture or even American Patriotism would get a massive kick out of this.
Getting stuck somewhere far from home can be anxiety-inducing for even the bravest traveller. It’s a scary thought when you’re on a train halfway round the world and it’s mysteriously delayed or cancelled for hours with little or no explanation. It doesn’t happen very often, but public transport can be unpredictable at the best of times and issues can arise. If an issue does come up, just stay calm and you can get through it easily.
On the 17th of May 2021, the international travel from the UK began to reopen, with a three-tiered ‘traffic light’ system being put in place to rate the safety of different countries. As you might be able to guess, the system rates countries based on a green, amber and red basis, with green being the most safe and accessible to visit, and red being the most heavily restricted.
On the 17th of May 2021, international travel to certain destinations became legal again and travellers across the country were allowed to go on holiday again – provided the country they chose to go to was on the green list (see here for more information). This was really exciting news – it was a chance at freedom after being locked up inside for so long. So what’s changed since you last went on holiday? The coronavirus hasn’t gone away, and we’ll talk you through everything you need to know before you board that plane.
Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation has been working to educate travellers on the importance of travel safety for nearly 20 years. We have been asked many times what the main areas you need to consider are when reducing your risk. In response to that, we have developed the K.A.R safety system.
With the global vaccination charge getting underway, it will, hopefully, be soon that we can ask ourselves where should we go on holiday? Which country will be the safest? Germany is currently an economic and political powerhouse of Europe, and as such is on track in vaccinating its people as efficiently as possible. Going into lockdown weeks before the UK did, the general understanding is that Germany has been, for the most part, on top of dealing with coronavirus.
The 12th of April was a big day for the UK, with the first set of lockdown measures being lifted across the country. This meant that lots of businesses were finally able to reopen – including self-contained holiday accommodation. This was absolutely fantastic news for both travellers and also the people that owned these holiday lets. Since the start of the original UK lockdown in March 2021, it has been an incredibly bumpy ride for owners of holiday homes – being allowed to reopen in the summer of 2020 to a record numbers of holidaymakers, only to be shut down again in the winter months due to coronavirus restrictions being re-tightened.
“Are you crazy” the words said by many people close to me at the talks I had given at me renting my house, leaving a safe secure job and life in England during a global pandemic to go work in Spain, Madrid/ Ibiza, for one year, during Brexit. “No risks no rewards” the phrase I kept telling myself. It was safe to say at the time of moving I needed a change, mentally I had some healing to do and that would only happen away from the place it was caused. Right time, right opportunity, it was time to leave.
2002 now seems like a lifetime ago. Another life when we were all completely different people. This year I feel is more significant in some way, as my sister Caroline lost her life at 19 and we have now had 19 years without her. I asked the question, what have I done with that time? Losing Caroline was by far the worst thing that ever happened in my life and to our family, we still remember her daily and want her to inspire others through Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation. Personally, I feel a responsibility to work hard and make her proud. We push to help other young people better understand the risks and stay safe when travelling.
Keep in touch
Agree on the best way to keep in touch. E-mails and messaging Apps are the most cost-effective and great for quick catch ups; a quick one-line message can let you know when they have arrived safely at their destination.
Travel blogs and networking sites are also a good way to keep up-to-date with events and recent photos. You may wish to encourage them to use their mobile phone – check what the costs of this will be with their network because they will usually be charged both to receive and make calls when overseas.
For more advice and tips for parents please get in touch.