Making informed travel decisions: helpful resources

Image: Lachlan Gardiner
Image: Lachlan Gardiner

Gaining information from credible and reliable sources is important when making a decision on your travel plans. Here are some helpful resources and links.

There’s no doubt that Coronavirus has caused disruption and inconvenience to individuals and to the authorities in affected areas, but we would like to reassure travellers with a calm and rational assessment of the facts.

World Expeditions has been operating adventures across the globe for 45 years and, during that time, we have experienced and overcome many natural and man-made adversities. We have well developed and tested risk strategies for these very occurrences, utilising information from reliable sources and local knowledge on the ground.

The Coronavirus outbreak is the latest challenge and we do not see any reason for travellers to panic. We advocate continuing with travel plans as we are doing with our own staff travel program. Uncertainty about the virus in its early weeks has bred fear, which is being heightened by the barrage of news headlines and amplified by social media. The situation now is that it is rare to read balanced information.

Pro-tip: only trust information from credible sources and be wary of the information circulated and even intensified across social media channels.

As with travel at any time, there are risks of infection from a virus. At no time are we able to guarantee you will not become ill during your travels with World Expeditions Travel Group or, indeed, in your daily life at home. Weighing up the risks of travel is a personal decision and we encourage you to investigate the facts to come to an informed decision about the risks.

Helpful resources

 • World Expeditions develop robust risk strategies based on multiple sources, primarily the World Health Organisation and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs. We encourage you to visit both websites.

 • Find regular updates to the Travel Advisory section of the World Expeditions website.

 • Johns Hopkins University in the US has a map with helpful facts on the coronavirus cases.

Links to advisory pages

 • Australia - Smarttraveller Travel Advisories
 • Canada - Government of Canada Travel Advice & Advisories
 • New Zealand - Safetravel
 • United Kingdom - Foreign Office Travel Advice
 • United States - Department of State Travel Advisories

At the end of the day, each individual trip is different and each person has their own view of what an acceptable level of safety means for them. Read more about the different travel advisory levels in Australia and what they mean.

"I would like to assure you that your safety – and that of all our travellers – has always been at the core of everything we do," states Sue Badyari, World Expeditions Travel Group CEO.

"A typical World Expeditions Travel Group holiday is one in which you’ll be immersed in the natural landscape and generally off the beaten track, where the chance of catching any virus is far lower than in most urban environments."

"I acknowledge that any new health outbreak that is widely covered by the media will cause concern and I encourage you to maintain a rational perspective and continue with what you do daily and what you love to do on your holidays."

According to the Director General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, 'everyone should know the symptoms – for most people, it starts with a fever and a dry cough, not a runny nose. Most people will have mild disease and get better without needing any special care'.

With respect to coronavirus, mainland China and Iran remain the only two countries for which DFAT has increased the advisory to a Level 4 as of 9 March 2020.

The rise of misinformation has made making informed decisions tougher than ever before, so we encourage you to get in touch if you want to learn more about how safe it is to travel to a destination you are considering.

Published on 9 March 2020. Information is correct at time of publication.

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