The short answer is, yes. The long answer is: Regardless of where you are in the world, most big cities are likely to have good spots and spots that some may want to avoid. Plus there is always some level of risk inherent in international travel. Using common sense and being aware of your surroundings goes a long way. Remote Year takes many steps and uses many different resources to maximize safety and minimize risk. Some are government resources, some are private resources, and some are in-house resources. At a high level, here are the resources that we use to minimize the risks associated with international travel:
- The U.S. State Department. The State Department provides country reports and security assessments on every country we visit. These are public documents that we rely on, and we suggest that you check them out as well. (If you’re from the US, you should join STEP as well.) Also, we have a relationship with the U.S. Embassy in nearly every country we visit.
- International SOS. In order to get the fullest possible picture regarding safety, and to supplement the U.S. State Department reports, we contract with International SOS, one of the largest international security firms in the world, and they provide us with: (a) safety reports and information on each city we visit; and, (b) worldwide emergency services .
- Network Engineer. We have a network engineer that visits our co-working spaces to maximize network stability and security.
- Local Teams. We feel that nothing is more valuable than local knowledge when it comes to safety. We have full-time staff members in each of the cities we visit and they provide Remotes with intimate firsthand safety advice regarding what neighborhoods or areas should be avoided, local do's and don'ts, etc.