Ultimate List of Humanitarian Travel Tips
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The Ultimate List of Humanitarian Travel Tips

Humanitarians travel to save lives and to help others. That’s why it’s essential that the trip goes smoothly. Raptim is in the business of organizing and preparing humanitarian travel. So, we have some insider knowledge on how to make sure all goes well. That’s why we have put together this ultimate list of humanitarian travel tips. You won’t need to look anywhere else!

First and foremost, a humanitarian trip needs to be well-planned. There are many steps in the process but don’t worry. We’ve got them covered! Here are the tips on how to plan humanitarian travel.

Money and expense management

As a non-profit, you probably have a limited budget for travel. You want to spend as little as possible to get to your destination so the money that you save can go towards helping those in need. So, here are various tips on how you can save money when planning a humanitarian mission.

How to save on travel expenses

Travel for a bargain when humanitarian

Expense management made easy

Tips for staying within your travel budget

Ask our travel consultants: limiting travel expenses

Finding the lowest fares

Benefits of a managed travel program


Humanitarian group travel

Many humanitarians travel as part of a group or through a large organization. This can have a multitude of benefits. There are, of course, discounts for group travel. Also, companies provide special programs and ticketing.

But this also requires a lot of planning and making sure everyone gets to the destination in one piece. Learn how to plan humanitarian group travel with our travel tips.

10 Guidelines for arranging humanitarian group travel

Guidelines for group travel

How does humanitarian group travel look on your CV?

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At Raptim we understand the complexity of group travel coordination. Our travel consultants will help you arrange all details and deadlines, from pricing to seat assignments and ground transportation. Have a look at our services.

Tips for volunteers and aid workers

Of course, not everyone can go and travel abroad to do humanitarian work. You need to either become a volunteer or an aid worker. As you dream of your first mission, here are some tips on how to get there!

How to find volunteer work that makes a difference

Five tips for becoming a humanitarian aid worker

How to plan a perfect trip as a volunteer

Tips for managers

If you are a travel manager, a lot of the planning falls directly on you. You need to make sure everyone arrives safely, on time, and within the budget. So, we have some tips for you as well! Here are our 8 essential tips for humanitarian travel managers.

Faith-based travel

Faith-based travel is a huge and essential part of humanitarian aid. Faith-based missions are motivated by helping and sharing the love of God in the process. We wholly support faith-based travel and want to improve your mission to have the most impact. Here are some of our tips to get there.

How to plan a purposeful mission trip

18 missionary training resources

Study abroad and mission trips

Staying in the know

Finally, when you are just starting to plan your humanitarian trip, you need to stay informed. There are many ways to do so, mainly through news and updates. Here are some of our favorite essential humanitarian news sources. Plus, we’ve also compiled a list of 19 addictive new sources that cover humanitarian work.

Essential Humanitarian Travel Services

Once you have planned out where you are going and why it’s time to start preparations. There is a lot to think about! What services do you need? How will you manage packing, health and safety, essentials, and more? Here are our tips on how to prepare the best humanitarian trip.

Here are some general services and things to consider when you are preparing for your trip. Don’t forget – preparation is essential. You want to have a positive impact on your destination, but to get there, you need to prepare your travel arrangements first.

Making pre-travel arrangements

Key travel tips for humanitarian travel

Things to consider when making a humanitarian travel booking

What to do before traveling internationally

Providing safe harbors for humanitarians

Humanitarian travel resources

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Where are you going?

What you need to prepare depends on your destination. That’s why we have put together tips for some of the most popular humanitarian travel destinations. Many humanitarians travel to Africa and the Middle East, so we’ve got some in-depth guides on what you’ll need for a trip.

Five important humanitarian destinations

Tips for your first humanitarian travel to Africa

Five humanitarian destinations in Africa

6 must-have travel services for humanitarians in Africa

Tips for your first humanitarian travel to the Middle East.

Also, we want to help you get to know the local customs. Read one of our local customs guides for Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Sudan, Uganda, and Venezuela.

Making sure you have the right documents

Once you are ready to travel, make sure that you have all the proper documents. This includes your passport and visas as well as any certificates. Here is our guide on how to avoid passport application delays.

Health and safety

Humanitarians love to help others, but that means that they sometimes forget to help themselves. You need to stay safe and healthy to have a positive impact. That’s why it’s so important to get vaccinations and go through security briefings. Here are our tips to mitigate health and safety risks.

Humanitarian travel tips: managing health risks

Supporting humanitarians who travel with a medical condition

Immunization resources for humanitarians

Vaccines when travelling to Africa

Vaccines when travelling to the Middle East

The Intense HEAT course prepares humanitarians for overseas

Humanitarian risk assessment resources

What should I pack when travelling internationally?

Wow, your trip is drawing closer! It’s time to pack and be on your way. But humanitarian travel is not like a vacation, and your packing list shouldn’t look the same either. Here are some tips on what to bring:

Humanitarian aid packing essentials

Humanitarian travel tips: packing luggage done right

Five packing tips when travelling to a developing country

Money and insurance

Arranging travel insurance for humanitarian travellers is essential – after all, you never know! Plus, here are some currency exchange resources to keep you safe and save you some money.

Raptim services

At Raptim, we are a full-service provider for humanitarian travel. We offer everything from ticket booking to integrated Duty of Care services. Here are some of the services that we provide and what you should consider in a service provider.

Importance of global service

Travel services proven invaluable

Essential travel services that Raptim can offer

Humanitarian flights and their special needs

We help you with travel reservations and tickets for humanitarian travel

Flexible arrangements for humanitarian travel and work

Our 24/7 travel service is second to none

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How Best to Get to the Airport?

All right! You’ve done a lot of planning and preparation, and now you are on your way. The first step when leaving home is to get to the airport. But this can be surprisingly expensive. So, in our Tips for Staying Within Your Travel Budget, we’ve included some information on how to make this affordable. Safe travels!

Tips for Air Travel and Dealing with Airports

Air travel can be an exciting and even pleasurable experience, but airports tend to be hectic and intimidating. We want your travel experience to be as comfortable as possible. So, here are some tips on how to deal with air travel and airports.

11 popular airport mistakes to avoid

6 steps to safely travel by airplane

7 tips to save time at airport security

Things to do if you are stranded at an airport

Tips if you missed your flight

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Tips while Travelling

Once you are on your plane, bus, car, or even on a stopover, there are many ways to make your travel experience more pleasant. Also, if you are travel to remote areas or conflict zones, it’s important to stay safe. Finally, you should always keep in touch with your organization and family. So, how do you do all that? Here are some tips.

Tips to deal with long-haul flights

Latest essential mobile apps for humanitarians

Tips to safely travel to remote areas

Remaining safe while overseas

Essential humanitarian news sources

Communication while travelling abroad

What Should I do when I Arrive?

Yay, you’ve made it! Now what? There are a few things for which you probably still need to plan and prepare. For example, how will you get home from the airport? And, where is home? Do you have your accommodation booked? Here is some guidance:

Arranging travel from the airport

Renting a car on your humanitarian travel

Find the right accommodation

Tips while You are in the Field

One thing that sets Raptim apart from other travel agents is the fact that we are in it for the long-term. What we mean by that is we will be there for the duration of your mission. Your travel doesn’t stop when you arrive; you also need preparation and tips when you are in the field. So, here are some essentials we’ve learned along the way.

Field travel tips for humanitarians

List of travel warnings and alerts

Appropriate measures to prevent foreseeable risks

Duty of care: protection of humanitarian aid workers

Water purification in remote locations

Ways to disinfect water

3 videos on why humanitarians are not a target

Benefits of a managed travel program

Raptim and Luminaid

Lets put a smile on faces around the world

Getting Ready for Coming Home

What seemed like an extended mission is suddenly over. It’s been a wonderful experience, but now it’s time to go back home. This can be harder than you might expect. That’s why we have a special guide to prepare you for life after the field and your homecoming.

What to Expect When You Get Back

As we mentioned, coming back can be difficult. One of the challenges, for example, is “reverse culture shock.” To ease you into it, we have put together an article on reverse culture shock and some tips on how to deal with it.

Also, we know that sometimes humanitarians do not come home. We want to take this opportunity to stand in solidarity with detained and missing staff members of the aid world. And to remind you to stay safe during your travels.

We Help You to Travel Where it is Needed Most

We believe our world is a better place when compassion can travel where it is needed most. As a global humanitarian travel organization, we devote ourselves to serving those who serve the world. Our experienced staff can be reached at any given time. Please use our quick address locator to contact your nearest Raptim office should you have any questions. You can also follow our blog for more stories and travel information.