The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has launched its new Smartraveller Schoolies and Leavers page, with information and advice about keeping out of harm’s way and alerting young people to potential risks overseas.
The page is aimed at the several thousand Australian school leavers who are expected to travel overseas in the next few weeks.
The most popular destinations for schoolies and leavers are expected to be Bali, Thailand, Fiji and Vanuatu, while Cambodia, Laos and Sri Lanka are also emerging destinations for volunteer tourism, or Alternative Schoolies.
The Department said that while most overseas visits by schoolies and leavers were without incident, the new webpage focused on important issues that young people should consider before and during their trip of a lifetime.
“For example, it includes specific information on the risks associated with drugs and alcohol, including drink spiking, water and road safety, and sexual assault. There are also general travel tips,” DFAT said.
It said that in addition to taking out comprehensive travel insurance, registering their travel plans and subscribing to travel advice on Smartraveller, schoolies and leavers were strongly encouraged to take care of their mates and stay in regular contact with family members back home.
“It is important that school leavers planning overseas trips understand that there are limits to the consular assistance that embassies and consulates can provide. The laws of other countries will apply and young Australians should take sensible precautions to avoid getting into trouble,” DFAT said.
For more information about travel advice for schoolies and leavers, or to access DFAT’s 166 travel advisories, visit the Smartraveller website, follow Smartraveller on Twitter, like Smartraveller on Facebook, or download the Smartraveller iPhone app.
Edition 385, 29 October 2013