Course Details


The course was launched in 2002 and quickly established itself as a very useful course for the inexperienced traveller. It's all about thinking safe and being aware of the different conditions that one might face abroad. Many of the strategies and tips are drawn from the work and courses we run for journalists and NGOs.

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Acclaimed Travel and Safety Courses for Gap Year Students

Objective Gap Safety was the first company to run dedicated Gap Year Travel and Safety courses and remains the market leader. The acclaimed course is not just about safety, we are determined that the individual makes the most of their travels, get 'off the beaten track' and explore. So, during the day we will also cover understanding key cultural and religious issues, getting on with the locals, how to take money abroad, catching taxis, getting the weather right and much more.

Whilst called a Safety Course for those on a gap year, many of those attending are also post-university students.

NEW! Virtual Gap Year Travel and Safety Course

Our Virtual Gap Year Travel and Safety course which means that you still get the same travel safety advice virtually via Zoom in preparation for whenever you resume your gap year travel plans. 

The virtual course is just £125 per person - A four hour blended learning course broken down into a number of session totalling 5 hour sessions within a day. Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 8 people per course. Book online

Private courses are also available.


Face to Face Courses in London and Northamptonshire

We are hoping to resume face to face training in late spring, with options at our Training Centre in Northamptonshire and also at the Troubadour Cafe in London. New dates for these courses have now been added here

Prepare and be Safe whilst Travelling Abroad

We teach young people how to prepare for their gap year and year out and how to deal with problems they may face. Our intention is to help them recognise danger by teaching them to think on their feet and interpret the situations confronting them - without terrifying the living daylights out of them.

A Fun and Interactive Course

The course is delivered by means of interactive scenarios and role-play, lectures and hands-on learning.  Our instructors have an excellent understanding of young travellers and flavour the course with tales of scrapes and situations they themselves have encountered. We believe with a little thought, many misfortunes can be avoided.

Unbiased Advice

The course also offer the opportunity to discuss great places to visit, how to book, merits of travelling independently or with a Gap Year provider and anything else. In addition, do call us, night or day, if you need advice whilst travelling. We've trained over 5000 travellers on our courses and we have captured many of their tales, both good and bad, which we share throughout the day.

Our one-day courses are held weekly in London at The Troubadour  near Earl's Court and West Brompton tube stations and occasionally at other UK-wide locations. Directions to Troubadour

Private courses are also available on request. Contact us for more details.

Gap Year Travel and Safety Awareness Course - Price per Student: £165

Times: 9.30am to 4.30pm. This includes a buffet lunch. Each student will also receive a set of travellers notes to take away

Special Offer: Book 4 places and 1 goes FREE

Call 01788 899029 to process this offer.

Skype Call/Zoom or Teams Option

If you’re travelling on an expedition to a particular region and need some tailored, travel safety guidance, a Skype call/Zoom or Teams meeting could be an alternative option.

You should be aware that this call does not replace the general one day course and within the two hours, we can only offer some very specific travel safety advice. This option will not be as effective as the face to face, interactive one day course.
The two hour call option is £95 plus VAT.

Course Content

An overview of the areas we will discuss in depth, to maximise safety whilst backpacking or travelling on a year out:

 Before you Go

 Researching your destination:
 Security advice & terrorism risk
 Health issues & disease prevention
 culture, religion & laws
 Insurance & money
 How to keep in touch

 What to Take

 Kit, clothes
 Safety gadgets
 First-aid kits
 Electrical items e.g. mobiles, cameras
 - what to take
 - how to pack
 Security of your possessions

 Over There

 Budgeting, money options &
  changing money
 Safe food & water
 Dealing with authorities
 Where and how to get help

 Getting About

 Travelling safely; buses, trains, taxis etc.
 Checking out people you meet
 Survival navigation
 Dealing with corrupt officials

 Medical Issues

 Emergency first-aid
 Staying healthy
 Climatic injuries
 Bugs, bites and bowels

 For Girls... By a Girl

Discussion of common female concerns abroad: sexual harassment, appropriate dress code etc.

 Keeping Safe

 Knowing the dangers from
 muggings to kidnapping

 Options if caught in a terrorist attack
 Surviving extremes; earthquakes,
 avalanches, fire, rip-currents, etc.
 Drugs and alcohol



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