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Raptim Humanitarian Travel Tips: Guidelines for Group Travel

Humanitarian workers are some of the most ‘at-risk’ travelers you can imagine. Most of their travel is to third world countries, remote locations and sometimes areas facing natural calamities with high possibilities of bodily harm. While group travel has its benefits, guiding multiple people through difficult circumstances is a huge challenge. At Raptim, We are happy to help.

Humanitarian Travel Tips

Since our establishment 68 years ago, we’ve been arranging compassionate humanitarian group travel. We’ve been gaining experience in this particular field of humanitarian travel over the decades. In order to provide unrivaled services to NGO’s and mission travel managers, we’ve set a high bar for ourselves. Traveling to vulnerable areas can often be necessary at a very short notice, and therefore preparation is essential.

  • Pack Lightly
    One of the basic travel tips is to pack lightly. But when you are about to travel with a group, this advice becomes particularly pertinent. From the moment you arrive at your destination, until the time you depart, the responsibility for handling your luggage is probably yours. There is every chance that you’ll have to fit your bag into an overhead train compartment, hoist it onto a bus or try to find a spot for it in your tiny and shared room. Imagine bringing along ten fellow humanitarians along the way, who have the same problem; you can see why the less the luggage, the better.
  • Speak Your Mind And Listen Well
    If you want to have any say in the proceedings, you will need to speak up. If there is anything in particular that folks need to know, whether it is having to call home at noon exactly, or you are short on cash, this is something you need to share with other humanitarian workers. At the same time, it is important to pay attention when someone else has a special request or requirement. Not everyone necessarily has an equal voice.
  • Share Responsibilities
    Learn about the strengths of your group members and try to use them to your advantage. When someone can read maps well, put him or her in charge of directions. Does someone speak a foreign language? That person is responsible for communication. If every single group member feels like they’re an essential member, the group will transform into a cohesive, well-functioning unit.
  • Get to Know Each Other
    As a follow up to the previous tip, this one underlines why getting to know your group members may be one of the most important things on group travel. Sharing a travel experience with others, whether you know them or not, will certainly bring you closer together. When you look back on your trip, you’ll particularly remember how you and your colleagues helped to install a water pump or the time when you all joined in to provide food, shelter, and love for the orphans. Humanitarian travel can be magical, and making the most of it with the people around you can turn out to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

We’ve been organizing humanitarian group travel for close to seven decades. Thanks to our compassionate clients, we learn and improve every day. Because of this, we know the world you work in. Our staff is dedicated and focused on the complex and at times very urgent travel needs of humanitarian travel groups. Never hesitate to contact us should you desire more travel information.