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Key Safety Points for travelling India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Burma) & Nepal. The greatest risk are from road traffic accidents and getting sick, especailly in India. Contracting Dengue Fever is certainly a risk in many parts, use insect repellant with 50% DEET to reduce the risk. In the winter months pollution is a serious probelms in the big cites of India and seems to be only getting worse. The 2018 monsoon in India caused extensive flooding acorss the country, notably in Kerela and Assam.More »
Most travellers have a fun and safe time in SE Asia, the area has huge opportunities. Parts, especially in Thailand, are overflowing with travellers so one has to make a bit more of and effort to get off the beaten track and explore the unspoilt areas. During 2017 there was an increase in the cases of Dengue Fever across the region and this was repeated in 2018. Dengue is casued by day biting mosquitoes. Covering up and using insect repellant with 50% DEET is a good precaution. Chikungunya Fever is also a risk, bite avoidance, is once again the key. The 2018 monsoon in India has caused wide spread flooding across the country, many northern areas such as Assam, will be affected for some time. Travellers are reminded that Indonesia & Japan ara an active earthquake zone, a series of quakes on Lombok in Sept 2018 and a tsuanami on Sulawesi killed a number of people.More »
Africa is a less popular travel destination but offers huge opportunities. Many counties in North and Central Africa should not be visited due to security issues. Travellers to west, central and east Africa should be aware that many countries require a Yellow Fever certificate for entry.More »
The best bits of Latin America are the rural areas. The topography and environment is diverse, there are many cultural and historical differences and most gappers have a superb time. Our rural highlights would be the Pantanal in Brazil, the Andes, Chile's Atacama Desert, Patagonia, the Chilean and Argentinian Lake District. Of the big cities Rio, BA, Medellin and Cartegna are great fun and rewarding but its important to prepared for higher levels of crime than in Europe. Its critical to check the weather, too many travellers go to Peru and Bolivia in period January to March when its the wet season.
Myanmar is the most wonderful country to visit and it's a good time to go at the moment due to lack of other tourists. I had been before, in 1983 when one could only get a visa for six days and it was all rather fraught but exciting. Today Myanmar, in a semi-democratic mode, is a joy to visit and it’s relatively easy but perhaps a little more expensive than its neighbours. The unrest in the north of Rakhine and the publicity surrounding the exodus of thousands of Rahinga Muslims has had a negative effect on the tourism trade. Some estimates suggest that tourism may be down by up to 40%..More »
Thailand – The Full Moon Party by Charlotte McGrath
In order to make sure you are staying in the best hostel (this matters as its where you will ‘pre’ and often you go to the party with people you have met in the hostel) its best to pick a date and book the hostel about 2/3months in advance as the best ones go quickly. The Full Moon happens once a month with a half moon once a month too (I didn’t go to a half moon but have heard good things).
Objective Gap Safety can provide tailored made gap safety or urban safety courses for schools.
The gap course is typically delivered in a half-day course and is a shortened version of our highly successful one day Gap Safety Course. It's designed to prepare 6th formers for the challenges of overseas travel and is full of life skills.More »
In the middle of November 2016 I returned to Colombia for the first time since 1990. The country has clearly had a torrid last two decades (well really five), just mentioning it’s name prompt comments about Pablo Escobar, rebel gangs and a generally thoroughly dangerous place. Happily things are improving, Escobar met a sticky end in a roof top shoot out in 1993 and from the turn of the century President Uribe took on the rebel groups, principally the FARC and ELNMore »
I have just returned from 10 wonderful days travelling in Iran. Whilst it may be slightly off the beaten track for a gap year traveller, I joined my son and two friends who are driving from London to Beijing on their gap year. Iran is also a popular destination for many people doing the Mongol Rally. Below are my thoughts on the country and some practical advice.More »
My first impression of Japan was bizarre to say the least. I wondered whether I had landed in a SARS or Ebola zone. I was greeted by a mask wearing immigration official who was very polite but looked completely ridiculous amongst scores of non mask-wearing human beings! It's been a delight to be here on business. Tokyo is a modern city (the US Air Force flattened most of bit in the latter months of the war) and works well. It's clean, doesn’t feel very crowded (but suspect I have got lucky) and everyone is so polite.More »
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Travelling to South East Asia
Most travellers and backpackers have a fun and safe time in SE Asia. The area has huge opportunitites. Parts, especially in Thailand, are overflowing with tr...
01 May, 2019
The best bits of Latin America are the rural areas. The topography and environment is diverse, there are many cultural and historical differences and most gappers have a superb time. Our rural...