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Destination Advice

Once you have decided to travel, take a gap year or career break, the first question you will have to ask yourself is; where do I go?

You may have dreamed of a destination for many years, been inspired by a book, film or documentary; maybe you are not even sure why, but a destination has been stuck in the back of your mind. It may even be that travel never really featured in your plans, you thought it would be too expensive or did not have the confidence.

Now that you are on our website, it must mean that you have started to research the possibility… maybe the opportunity has presented itself; grab it with both hands, you will not regret it.

There are many reasons to travel to certain destinations and there are good reasons to avoid travelling to others; political stability, war, natural disaster, disease outbreak, climate, geography, crime, terrorism, cost, risk to reward ratio…. more often than not it is a combination of these factors which should stop you.

Always choose a destination(s) to suit your personal objectives; lying on a beach; climbing mountains; adventure sports; a volunteering project; cultural experiences; safari; family and friends. The world is a very big place, there is a region and activity to suit everyone perfectly; we are here to help you find yours.

Every destination carries different risks and different challenges for the independent traveller, yet they also carry opportunity and adventure; it is important to get the balance right.

 

We use our experience and knowledge to recommend destinations which will suit you and offer honest professional advice based on your choices.

 

The difference from one destination to another on a multi-stop trip can be significant, being prepared for both and learning to adapt is a vitally important factor in the risk reduction process; travelling from an urban to a rural environment or from a western capitalist democracy to a totalitarian regime can add challenges which are not always well understood.

 

Set aside your preconceptions and discover what the real situation is on the ground through independent effective research. 

 

An example:

A good example of this type of fales preconception is Thailand. Most people see it as a very safe destination, a peaceful haven or paradise on earth; yet in:

 

  • 2006 – Thailand experienced a military coup
  • 2007 - Over 800 people died in on-going ethnic violence and terrorism in the south.
  • 2008 - The cross-border dispute with Cambodia over the Preah Vihear temple resulted in sporadic fighting between troops on either side and threatened to escalate into violent conflict.
  • 2009 – Deadly riots on the streets on Bangkok brought the country to a virtual standstill and closed the international airport for over a week.

 

So is Thailand safe to visit?

Absolutely, it is generally a safe destination and we have recommended it as such many times.

Yet at the same time, we always advise travellers to do their own independent research before they go, to avoid certain areas and to behave in observance of cultural sensitivities. The destination advice session of our workshop will help you understand and manage these risks.

 

One issue which must play no part in a destination choice is ‘competition’; going somewhere harder, more remote, more dangerous than other people so you can ‘brag’ about it, is no way to choose a destination. It is your level of experience and the amount of research and training you are prepared to undertake, which should dictate your route.

You can live your dreams through travel and you will be suitably rewarded with memories and experiences which last a life-time; choose wisely and all your memories will be positive ones.