Gap years and sabbaticals are one of life’s most amazing and rewarding travel experiences, and the changing global security environment shouldn’t spoil a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the world. In this article, the HowSafeIsMyTrip team examine how you can stay safe on your big adventure, and how to avoid scams, crimes and threats that could ruin your trip.
Worrying allegations have emerged in recent days accusing the popular travel information website TripAdvisor of deleting information relating to rape and assaults at various destinations from its forums, which the company claims was an effort to keep the site “family friendly”. This incident highlights a disturbing trend in the global travel industry of downplaying safety and security risks in the face of real dangers to travellers. Similar controversies have hit the industry previously, such as the lawsuit against British travel operator TUI over claims of negligence surrounding the 2015 Sousse terror attack in Tunisia. In this article, the HowSafeIsMyTrip team examine how travellers can find their own information about the safety of their destination in the face of possible reluctance from their tour operator, forums and even local contacts.
International travel is an integral part of doing business in an interconnected world, however increasing global volatility has introduced new security and liability risks to businesses who send staff overseas. Without appropriate risk and security management, companies can find themselves extremely vulnerable to both dangers to staff, and even litigation in cases where the traveller was not provided with the correct level of support.
Here, we examine what you should do in the (thankfully still unlikely) event that you are caught in the middle of an attack.
The Americas, North, South and Central, provide an abundance of exciting destinations. From the urban bustle of New York and the white sands of the Caymans, to the vast and untamed Amazon, the region brings a wide variety of risks that travellers need to understand. If you (or someone you know) is travelling to the Americas and you would like comprehensive custom-made travel security advice and regular intelligence updates, please get in touch!
Russia and its neighbours, known collectively as the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), are alluring destinations in part due to the vast unexplored wildernesses and vibrant cultures that make up the region. From the urban scramble of Moscow to the wild steppes of Central Asia, the region brings a wide variety of risks worth understanding. If you (or someone you know) is travelling to Russia or the CIS states and you would like comprehensive custom-made travel security advice and regular intelligence updates, please get in touch!
Africa is one of the world’s most exciting continents, and has many draws to attract bolder travelers. From the modern bustle of Cape Town to the untamed wilds of the Sahel, the region brings a wide variety of risks worth understanding.
The Middle East and North Africa is one of the world’s most volatile regions, however the mystery, history and culture of this diverse region is still a draw to many intrepid travelers. From the modern metropolises of Dubai to the untamed deserts of the Sinai peninsula, the region brings a wide variety of dangers that you should be aware of.
Europe is one of the world’s most frequently-toured continents, with a vast array of destinations appealing to all types of travelers. From the ancient cities of Paris and London to the wild forests of Germany and mountains of Italy, Europe brings a wide variety of threats to be aware of.
Asia is one of the world’s most alluring regions, with a huge diversity of travel destinations fitting all budgets and levels of adventure-seeker. From the modern metropolises of Tokyo and Hong Kong to the wild jungles of Malaysia and Indonesia, Asia brings a wide variety of scams, crimes and threats that travelers should be mindful of.