Are you a safe traveler? Would you know if you weren't?
If you could pack in a way which would make travel more efficient and safer, would you do it?
Do you have a plan if you're robbed?
If not, you're in the right place! Here you will raise your overseas IQ, become an expert in avoiding dangerous situations, and create a strategy to handle the what ifs. You will lower your stress by planning safer, more productive travel. Not only will you get more out of your vacation, study-abroad or business trip, you will avoid putting yourself, your family or your co-workers in a dangerous situation.
Over the course of several sessions you will become a more aware traveler; you will spot and avoid potentially dangerous situations, you will know how to prepare for long-term travel, and you will be the envy of your over-packing co-workers with your streamlined luggage (since you will now pack like a travel pro).
Missing an overseas meeting, or cutting short a vacation or study abroad is expensive. Travel safety is not only about the physical element; it's about saving time, money and making the most of any travel experience.
What's included in the course?
We're packing a lot of content into this course, and you have access as long as you like. Once you're a member of our community, you can revisit any particular section of this course anytime for a refresher. You also have access to:
J.C. is a serial traveler, adventure seeker and author of The Travel Safety Handbook. Former military with a background in training and government contracting, J.C. brings a special combination of experience and fun with learning to the travel safety environment.
J.C. is a member of Travel Massive, The Ecotourism Society and has written for various travel related sites as well as the wildly popular Travel Safer site, which advises business travelers, prepares study-abroad students and equips families with the knowledge to return home successful with memories that will last a lifetime.
There they were... All my belongings. Lying there on the floor at the airport. I was 22, about to board a flight to France to teach English for a year and was woefully unprepared. Having no idea how to pack and deciding what to leave behind in the middle of the airport was the least of my worries.
Surprisingly enough, I made it through the year without incident. A group of friends was robbed at knifepoint after we parted ways heading home from a club in Paris, but otherwise my time overseas was thankfully free of any real danger.
Fast forward several years and I've now visited 44 countries without incident (if you don't count Tijuana). I served in the military and afterwards worked as a government contractor in Washington D.C., where I was required to complete several, overseas awareness training courses and other various courses that are not available to the public.
I didn't realize how much information I had acquired until I spent a week with a study-abroad student who had just arrived in-country to begin a year-long Masters course. Watching the general lack of any awareness was extremely concerning. What would happen when I left? How long before this knucklehead lost a phone, a wallet or allowed a stranger to follow them into a locked entryway off the street?
I couldn't leave without at least going over the basics and hoping that it kept them safe. The crash course included scouting the neighborhood for multiple routes back to the apartment, learning what was normal both during the day and at night, and establishing safe zones at night in case they needed help.
Then it hit me: They're not alone. This is where Travel Safer began. Unfortunately, most schools do not recognize the need to prepare their study abroad students for what awaits them overseas, so I decided there had to be other ways to reach these students. The idea eventually expanded to families and business travelers.
This is the result - You are about to become part of community of travelers dedicated to exploring the world safely, making the most of each vacation and being as productive as possible on the road; whether you're studying for finals or prepping to pitch a new client.
— JC Lightcap, Travel Safer