How to Stay Safe On Your Gap Year


Whether you’re a young person setting off on your first overseas adventure, a career breaker, or a silver traveller heading out to discover a new destination; we all need look after our personal safety and security. After all, we want our travel experience to be memorable for all the right reasons. No matter how experienced you are, Lloyd Figgins, travel risk expert and author of The Travel Survival Guide provides practical and cost effective advice on how to stay safe

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The Pull of the River by Matt Gaw

In The Pull of the River two foolhardy explorers do what we would all love to do: they turn their world upside down and seek adventure on their very own doorstep. Showing that it is still possible to get lost while knowing exactly where you are, This book tells tales of escape and adventure on Britain’s waterways. It is a beautifully written exploration of nature, place and friendship, and an ode to the great art – and joy – of adventure. Here, the author Matt Gaw takes us out on the water.

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Levison Wood in Conversation with Phoebe Smith: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2019

Levison Wood talks to Phoebe Smith about his life as an adventurer and his latest book Arabia. Read More Levison Wood in Conversation with Phoebe Smith: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2019

Around the World in 80 Trains: Stanfords Travel Writing Festival 2019

When Monisha Rajesh announced plans to circumnavigate the globe in eighty train journeys, she was met with wide-eyed disbelief. But it wasn’t long before she was carefully plotting a route that would cover 45,000 miles, almost twice the circumference of the earth, coasting along the world’s most remarkable railways from the cloud-skimming heights of Tibet’s Qinghai railway to silk sheeted splendour on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Read More Around the World in 80 Trains: Stanfords Travel Writing Festival 2019

Sir Chris Bonington in Conversation: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2019

Britain’s greatest mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington talks to Paul Blezard about his career spanning six decades of climbing peaks, across all continents. Read More Sir Chris Bonington in Conversation: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2019

A Brief Guide to the World with Nicholas Crane: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2019

One word binds us all: geography. We are all geographers, human beings who care about the places we think of as ‘home’ – our habitat. Read More A Brief Guide to the World with Nicholas Crane: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2019

Solo Motorcycle Adventures: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2019

Travel writers Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent and Lois Pryce talk to Julia Wheeler about their extensive solo travels by motorbike in many regions all over the world including India’s Arunachal Pradesh, Iran and South America. Read More Solo Motorcycle Adventures: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2019

Travel Etiquette: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2019

When travelling, what is appropriate behaviour when greeting people? Should you offer a handshake, a kiss on the cheek or two kisses? Read More Travel Etiquette: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2019