Going travelling can be one of the most exciting periods of a young person’s life, whether they?re taking time out before university or a year out from work.
Trekking through Brazilian rainforests, soaking the sun on remote Thai islands or skydiving onto the lush beaches of Sydney, you may never get closer to pure paradise.
But whether you go it alone or with friends, it can also be one of the most daunting things young people ever undertake.
Whatever else lies ahead, often the most enduring memory of any adventure is the moment you step out of the security of your own home and into the ?great beyond?, armed only with a backpack full of essentials, and most likely a few jitters!
A brand new course at New College is set to help make that giant step into the unknown that little bit less intimidating, preparing travellers in every way possible for the adventure of a lifetime.
?Backpackers Preparation Course? will raise awareness of the advantages and potential hazards associated with overseas travel, giving invaluable advice on how to travel, live and even work safely in foreign lands.
Taught by security expert Duncan White, who has ten years? experience as a bodyguard and has travelled extensively through out the world, the one day course will cover urban and rural survival, contingency planning and what to do if it all starts to go wrong.
“This course is here to help you push your holiday to the edge by making calculated risks rather than leaps in the dark,” says Duncan, “but also to be extremely vigilant as to the potential dangers wherever you are.”
He adds, “We were all shocked into the potential dangers of foreign travel when Katherine Horton was tragically raped and murdered on a Thai island on New Year?s Day.
“While such tragedies are far from commonplace, Katherine?s murder certainly served as a warning of the potential dangers and the need for strong preparation for any backpacking adventure.”
The one-day course will run at New College?s Queens? Drive campus on three separate Saturdays from 9am until 5pm: 20 May, 17 June, 1 July.
To enrol call 0808 172 1721 or visit www.newcollege.ac.uk For friendly advice on the course, contact Duncan White on 07748 390108.