By staying informed about the latest gap year travel advice you can ensure your trip is safe, enjoyable and stress-free. While the world is opening up again after the Covid-19 pandemic, there are still some travel restrictions in place in certain countries, so it’s important to know what’s happening.
At The Gap Year Hub we encourage travellers to regularly check the travel restrictions and guidance before they travel and also while they are away from home. Be travel aware!
If you are a UK resident, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) gives detailed updates on each country in the world. It offers advice about travelling abroad, including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings.
You can register to receive email alerts from the FCDO about each of the countries you are visiting. It’s an easy way to keep up-to-date with any gap year travel restrictions that may impact your trip.
The government also has a foreign travel checklist, which is a useful tool that could help you prepare for your trip and stay safe abroad.
If you’re a US citizen, sign up to the Smart Traveller Enrollment Program (STEP). This is a free service that allows US citizens and nationals travelling and living abroad to register their trip with the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.
As well as keeping an eye on your home country’s suggested advice, talk to friends and family for their travel tips. Find out where they’ve visited and what they did, and you’ll quickly discover a wealth of inspiration for your gap year!
You can also get online and do your homework. There are lots of brilliant travel blogs, so search for those that cover the destinations you’re interested in and you’ll easily pick up useful travel advice.
If you’re on an organised trip, listen to your representative’s advice on staying safe too – there could be pre-departure information, as well as an in-country briefing.
If you’ve decided to travel alone, you might want to do a travel safety course, which will highlight some common safety issues and might even cover things you hadn’t thought of.
Take a look at The Gap Year Hub’s suggestions for travel safety courses.
Having the right advice and a team of people around you to manage major incidents or a crisis can be a real weight off your shoulders. Consider a crisis management specialist, such as Pharos Response:
TravelAid provides 24/7 travel safety and security advice for gap year and independent travellers, providing essential support when things don’t go to plan.