We take the utmost care in organising our challenges to ensure they are as safe as they possibly can be; we only travel in mostly hassle-free countries, follow advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and use trusted ground suppliers. Whilst we endeavour to keep you as safe as possible when travelling, there are a few (common sense!) things you can do too to keep your challenge as risk-free and enjoyable as possible!
1. Only exchange money using authorised banks or moneychangers. Insist on a receipt when changing money and check this receipt for any discrepancies.
2. Be wary of approaches by strangers, no matter how friendly they seem.
3. Try to learn some of the local language, the locals will really appreciate it and it will also give you the opportunity to get to know them a little better.
4. Keep your money and passport in a safe place at all times. This includes whilst travelling in a vehicle: make sure your belongings are out of view behind your legs and the windows up when stopped in traffic.
5. Don’t purchase any seashells or animal skins e.g. snake skin.
6. Don’t become involved with drugs of any kind. Penalties for smuggling, possession and use are severe. Convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines, irrespective of the person’s nationality.
7. If you want to sample the nightlife in your destination, we would suggest going out in a larger group. Always take licensed taxis after dark (and never alone!). It is always worth checking with the driver what the fare is going to be before getting in.
8. Stay hydrated. It is likely your trek will be hot, so please make sure you have a bottle of water with you. In the majority of our challenge destinations, you cannot drink the tap water, so ensure you are purchasing bottled water with properly sealed lids from shops to avoid becoming unwell.
9. Dress appropriately. Some of our challenges take place in countries that have stricter dress codes there than in the UK. Please check out our blog for more information. Also avoid wearing expensive jewellery and external money pouches, dangling backpacks and camera bags.
10. If negotiating or discussing prices with a seller, do so without you money in your hand.
11. Keep to marked paths on the trek. This will help you avoid injury and prevent you from becoming separated from the main group.
If you're ever in doubt, please chat with your in-country staff or check your Briefing Pack.