A Word About Risk and Quo’s Travel Safety Standards
In some ways, the world seems more uncertain than it was in “the good old days.”
Many families are feeling very real anxiety about international travel. Parents have always felt uneasiness about letting their kids gain the benefits of travel, but especially these days.
This heightened apprehension is a perfectly natural response to 24/7 media coverage and fraught political sound bites.
It is possible, however, to feel those nerves and still make a calm, rational decision about travel. We know because we have been there ourselves, year after year, through all manner of global events. We have been parents sending our own young children off to travel, just as we have been shepherds entrusted with others’ precious children. After decades of experience at traveling so many students safely around the world, Quo’s leadership team wants you to know, we sympathize.
What makes Quo so different?
What can we do?
You know what helps? Putting risk in perspective.
These days, we all grapple with the vast logical gap between actual real-world risk of terrorism affecting our travel safety (which is incredibly low), and the overwhelming sense of fear we get from watching media and listening to those who profit from our feelings of insecurity. We get it – fear of the outside world generates ratings and sways opinions.
Even if we know that the real risk and perceived risk are a world apart, it’s difficult to turn down the volume on those feelings of anxiety and fear of the unknown. So, if our fear of international travel is so irrational, what CAN we do to reduce real risks and help keep students safe?
As travel safety expert Wendy Perrin puts it:
”the answer is not to stop traveling, or to avoid huge swaths of the globe out of a misperception that your risk is greater there than anywhere else. The answer is to keep traveling, make friends around the world and be a thoughtful ambassador for your country.”
Practically speaking, while Quo continues to focus serious attention on global concerns, we also put our extensive experience to work focusing extra attention on genuine risks that real travelers do face every day. Here’s how that works:
What the experts are saying
While we feel that we can never say enough about the importance of student travel safety, we’d like to give some other experts a chance to share their wisdom. Check out these links to excellent, insightful and helpful articles.
Travel Protection Coverage
There is one thing we can always do that will help us protect our investment in travel: travel insurance.
Don’t worry, we have the basics covered. Quo includes standard travel, medical and emergency coverage for every student – it’s built right into the cost of the program at no additional charge. You don’t have to think about that – it’s already done.
But for some travelers, Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) coverage and the most comprehensive coverage is essential. That’s why we also offer an additional level of protection. It’s incredible coverage, at an incredibly affordable rate.