|Travel - Advanced|
| General Conference
|| Skill Level 2
Year of Introduction: 2009
1. Earn the Travel honor.
This Wiki has a page with instructions and tips for earning the Travel honor.
2. View a travelogue program not previously watched, of a unique location you would like to visit.
AdventSource sells an Adventist-produced travelogue video series created specifically for this honor, called "The Nature of God in Nature". There are currently two episodes: Hawaii and The Lake District. Both come with English and Spanish audio options.
YouTube or DVDs from your public library are possible sources as well. Pick something that will be engaging for the Pathfinders to watch.
3. What safety considerations should you think of when traveling?
Safety concerns vary by where you are traveling but can be broadly divided into:
Health and disease avoidance.
- Tropical countries may have diseases you have not been exposed too before. Check for recommended or required vaccinations.
- Be aware of the risk of epidemics like SARS or Ebola.
- consider the availability of medical assistance. Remote areas and developing countries may not offer the same standard of care you expect back home. # Medication availability differs between countries. Carry required medications and written prescriptions. If you use needles, have a doctors letter explaining so that border guards will not assume you are an illegal drug user.
- travel medical insurance is a great idea. Be sure that you understand the policy and the limitations.
- is the area affected by war or civil unrest? Travel in Canada requires different precautions than in a war-torn area.
- tourists displaying wealth in poor locations can become a target.
- do you know a few words of the language? Are you carrying a phrase book? The ability to communicate can help resolve many difficult situations.
- carry bank cards, not lots of cash.
- talk to locals (hotel staff, taxi drivers etc) and learn what streets and areas to avoid (they exist in all cities)
- In all cases, tell someone responsible what your travel plans are and report in (email?) on a regular schedule. If you go missing, someone needs to know that you are missing before anyone is going to start looking for you.
- In areas where war or unrest are a risk, register with your embassy in the country you are visiting. Usually an email or web-form exists. Don't expect much from this act, but in an emergency embassies may coordinate an evacuation or provide guidance. If a serious natural disaster or other unexpected emergency arises get in touch with your embassy as well.
- Just like at home, if hiking in remote areas advise park rangers or some responsible local contact. For example, you could advise your hotel you plan to be back in 2 days and to call the police if you do not check in.
What else can you do to enhance your safety while travelling?
4. What health recommendations or requirements are recommended by your country’s health depart/office when traveling internationally?
There is no generic answer to this question. You need to consider both where you are coming from (home) and where you are going (destination).
For Canadians visit http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories to see travel advisories related to security and health as well as entry and exit requirements for every country.
In the USA visit http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html
If your country does not offer detailed advice, consider checking the US, Canadian, or other western government sites for health and security information prior to travel. You may notice some differences between the advisories issued by different countries. Remember that there are political and administrative factors that impact the issuance of advisories. Also remember that the issuing governments want to avoid liability so they tend to use very careful language. Before freaking out about the risks listed in a given country consider that the similar risks may exist at home.
5. Create a 7-day international trip plan for a “family vacation”:
a. Create a 7-day planner and include:
i. A description of one historic site to visit
ii. A list and description of two natural sites to visit
iii. A description of one recreational site to visit
Note: First and last days may be travel days
b. Create a 7-day budget for the “family vacation” and include projected financial figures for a “family group” of four people:
i. Round trip airfare to that country
ii. Automobile Rental (economy/compact)
iii. Legitimate gas costs (remember that many countries list gas prices per liter)
iv. Determine an average per night hotel expense v. Determine an average per day food expense
vi. Budget costs for sites you plan to visit
vii. Legitimate souvenir expenses
viii. Include 10% for miscellaneous expenses
For this project the internet will be invaluable. To make the project more interesting pick an interesting destination you have always wanted to visit. Using a spreadsheet will help, and be sure to cite your sources so the instructor can see you did not just make stuff up. Have fun!
6. Write a 100-word description or discuss in a group what you think traveling around in Bible times was like.
Discussion topics might include:
a. contrasting distances traveled then vs. now
b. expectations of what you'd have available to you at your lodging (bathing, beds, # of people lodging together, etc.)
c. food eaten during a journey (no refrigeration or grocery stores back then)
d. why you would travel (recreation vs. necessities)
The typical person in biblical times never traveled far from home. Travel was expensive and tiring. While circumstances were different across the thousands of years of biblical history, no one had a car or a plane or a train. Enjoy your discussion.