Gap Year Travel Advice for Concerned Parents


Concerned, Anxious Parents of Gap Year Travellers

The thought of your son or daughter, teenager or student getting ready for a year out travelling or going on a gap year adventure overseas, whether backpacking with friends or on their own, Interrailing through Europe, South East Asia, South America or Australia, will inevitably cause mixed emotions for many parents and families. Our acclaimed Gap Year Travel and Safety Course equips the young and inexperienced traveller with all the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence needed for a safe, fun time away.

It also reassures worried, anxious parents that their child has had help to negotiate the challenges that may lie ahead giving peace of mind.

Planning for a gap year is key. We give tips and advice on our one-day travel safety course and we cover many important issues such as:

  • Understanding local laws and customs.
  • Environmental issues; are they going to an earthquake zone? do they know how to spot a tsunami? the signs and symptoms of sepsis.
  • Dangers and awareness of drugs abroad.
  • Emergency medical and first-aid training.
  • Theft and muggings.
  • What to take and how to pack.

And so much more...

The three main risks to travellers are:

  • Crime
  • Sickness and Diseases
  • Road Traffic Accidents (RTA's)

These topics are all covered in detail during the day, in order to minimise the traveller's risks. In addition, whilst very unlikely to occur, we cover the extremes such as acts of terrorism and kidnapping. It is worth noting that after 20 years of delivering our Gap Year Travel and Safety course, we have found that boys generally get into more trouble, particularly from crime, than girls.


"My daughter really enjoyed the course. She had been slightly resistant to attending to say the least… On the way home she texted me “sorry to have doubted you, it was actually really really good!" When home we had an action replay of the best parts of the day which was very entertaining. I will certainly be recommending you. Thank you for putting so much effort into the delivery".  Suzanne Kershaw, Mother

'This is a great course for any student thinking of travelling. Charlie was very informative and goes the esteem mile to help on routes and planning over the course objectives. I feel he gave them the confidence to plan and be sensible as well as enjoy travelling even with covid to contend with.'

Parent - Daughter attended Private Gap Year Safety Course

'I could not recommend Objective Gap Safety and the course more highly. To equip your son/daughter with the skills and confidence to make the most of their GAP year and to allow parents to sleep peacefully!!  My daughter attended the one day course which gave her the confidence to travel to Mexico on her own'.

Anna Gage - Mother

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