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Thursday, 1 July, 2010 - 00:00

Drink spiking and food spiking can be a real danger during travel with each area of the world having its ‘preferred’ methodology.

In the UK we generally assume that the purpose if ‘drink spiking’ is drug assisted sexual assault or rape, sometimes referred to as ‘date rape’.

In much of the rest of the world the drugging of food and drink is more often used for the purpose of theft.

In India for example the instances of drugged food on trains is on the...

Monday, 28 June, 2010 - 00:00

I have written before on the subject of whether or not tourists should climb Ayres Rock / Uluru or not; this is going a step too far.

The ignorance and arrogance of some tourist is truly staggering, this French lady has not only stepped over the mark but her subsequent defence just goes to demonstrate the stupidity of some western tourists.

The act of climbing Uluru is already insulting to some Aboriginal people in Australia, who ask tourists not to climb...

Sunday, 27 June, 2010 - 00:00

Sometimes when we are teaching people how to be safe when they travel, it does rather feel that we can use the example of the ‘Full Moon’ party on Koh Pah Ngan as an example for all of the dangers and challenges faced by independent travellers across the world; the ‘full moon party’ has them all.

It is sad to see yet another tragedy unfold and more young people seriously injured when they were relying on the actions of others to keep them safe while they enjoyed...

Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 - 00:00

Tropical Storm Agatha has caused havoc across Central America resulting in hundreds of deaths, devastating communities and reminding us of the massive destructive force of nature.

When travelling we have to factor in the climatic conditions, try and avoid those areas susceptible to hurricanes, cyclones and tropical storms (during the season).

These areas do not need to be boycotted completely, but as much as reducing risk, it’s also not much fun unless you...

Sunday, 16 May, 2010 - 00:00

The recent fatal air crash in Tripoli, Libya was only survived by one 9 year old boy and analysing why he survived will be of some use to professionals in air safety, but to most people it is just a small miracle or extreme good fortune.

Over-analysing how to survive a plane crash doesn’t help greatly in generating confidence in those who may be concerned about flying. What has to be remembered is that flying is still one of the safest forms of transport in the...