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Planning for Higher Risk Travel

Learn how to plan and prepare for trips to complex and higher-risk locations.


3 hours


USD 285

Next Workshop

Fri, 19 Jul 2024

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Workshop Details

When planning travel to a challenging destination, a significant amount of risk can be mitigated before you leave home.

Our key objectives for this workshop is to enable you to objectively answer the question “is it safe” to travel to a particular location. We then explore different techniques that will enable you to mitigate risk to acceptable levels.

We go beyond basic planning approaches to get into the essential aspects of planning for travel to higher-risk destinations. Our approaches are practical and immediately applicable to your own travel.

What you will learn

The Planning for Higher Risk Travel workshop will teach you how to:

  • Realistically assess threats and risks
  • Determine whether it’s safe to travel, given prevailing threats and conditions
  • Establish and maintain a persona that will enable you to maintain a low profile
  • Select a safe and secure accommodation option
  • Select appropriate local transport options
  • Plan for contingencies, including loss of communication

Our workshop includes relevant case studies that demonstrate the importance of applying these safety principles in real-world situations.

Ideal attendees

This workshop is perfect for individuals who frequently travel to higher-risk countries for work or personal reasons, including the following:

  • Business travellers
  • Non-government organisation workers
  • Journalists
  • Security specialists
  • Adventure travellers


San Francisco: 08:00 | New York: 11:00 | London: 16:00 | Singapore: 00:00

Corporate travel managers and business travellers. NGOs operating in higher-risk environments. Adventure travel and expedition companies, and adventure travellers. Educational institutions planning overseas travel for student groups.


There are no pre-requisites for this workshop.

Further learning

After completing this workshop, consider attending the Planning for Contingencies workshop to further expand your skills.


Want to run this workshop for your organisation? Please reach out so we can learn more about your requirements.

Meet your instructor

Your instructor for the Planning for Higher Risk Travel workshop - Grant Rayner - has 35 years of security experience in government, corporate security and security consulting roles. He has supported clients during various traveller emergencies, including major natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, and armed conflict. His extensive travels have taken him to diverse countries such as Syria, Somalia, Lebanon, Pakistan, and many other interesting locations.

He is the author of The Guide to Travelling in Higher-Risk Environments and the The Field Guide Series, and has written multiple articles on travel security.

Additional details

Training format

All workshops are conducted over Zoom. Detailed instructions for setting up Zoom will be provided in advance of the workshop.

Our informal training format encourages questions and fosters knowledge sharing amongst peers. The workshop format allows plenty of time for discussions and questions.

Group size

To ensure an optimal learning experience, we limit the number of workshop participants to between 6 and 12 people. If the workshop is undersubscribed, we may need to cancel. If the workshop is oversubscribed, we'll consider running an additional session.


The workshop will be delivered in English and any supporting materials will also be in English.


There is no assessment for this workshop.

Pre-workshop questionnaire

We'll send all participants a short questionnaire one week before the workshop. We'll use your responses to this questionnaire to get to know you a little better, to understand your motivations for attending the workshop, and to understand what you're hoping to gain from attending the workshop.

Workshop resources

Participants will have access to a set of workshop notes before the workshop.

We'll also set up a workshop workspace which participants will be able to access.

Participants will be able to continue to access these resources after the workshop.

We also encourage participants to take their own notes during the workshop.

Post-workshop feedback questionnaire

After each workshop, we'll you the link to a workshop feedback questionnaire. Your feedback will help us to improve the quality of our workshops.

Post-workshop support

We can offer limited post-workshop support to participants. This support may include follow-up consultations or email support, to address any questions or concerns that may arise after the workshop. This additional support can help reinforce the lessons learned and ensure the successful application of workshop concepts in real-life scenarios.


We require payment in full to secure a place in the workshop.

Payment is made via Stripe.

You will be provided a receipt by email.

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