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Published: July 3, 2009

Risk Experts Team up with Big Earth to Support Safe Travels

Travel at home and abroad can raise a number of safety and security issues, with robberies, muggings, medical emergencies and even kidnap posing increasingly real threats. With this in mind, risk assessment and security experts Pilgrims Group has teamed up with Big Earth, producers of travel adventure shows including Long Way Down (featuring Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman) and By Any Means, to provide practical safety tips, advice and training opportunities for travelers who want to stay safe in today’s challenging times.

“Travel adventure programmes such as By Any Means and Long Way Down are fantastic and involve real people living the dream; this inspires many of us to get out there and travel,” says Pilgrims’ Managing Director and travel security expert, Bill Freear. “These shows are great fun and good to do, but behind the final fun image a lot of planning and analysis has been done to make sure it all works and the expeditions happen safely.”

When travelling, whether on your own or in a group, increased awareness of your situation and surroundings and a few simple tips can help keep you safe. Working with Big Earth to promote safe travelling, Pilgrims has created a series of affordable bespoke courses, from Gap Year Traveller and Adventure Safety courses to Travel Medical and Media Travel courses. These are fun and potentially life saving one to four day courses packed with tonnes of streetwise skills designed to increase the confidence and safety of today’s traveller.

The partnership was announced today, coinciding launch of Big Earth’s new website, which provides practical advice to worldwide travelers. From video interviews with some of the best explorers in the business, to advice for travel photography and prepping your vehicle, visitors can even create their own adventure travel profile, plan their route, take a look at other people's travel blogs and share their adventures with others.

Visit the ‘Adventure Safe’ pages for Pilgrims’ tips on security whilst travelling, travel health and advice, useful equipment and information on upcoming course dates. Check back regularly for Pilgrims’ specialist travel reports; the first is based on a trip to Kuala Lumpur and a credit card scam – be warned!

Even the experts are wise to the value of planning ahead and being prepared. Pilgrims is the official security provider for Big Earth’s By Any Means expedition, featuring serial adventurer and bike enthusiast Charley Boorman. Before departure, Pilgrims produced a specialist report detailing all risks that could be encountered through any of the countries that the expedition is transiting, covering everything from health, terrorist, weather or seismic related threats and is providing expert advice and support for the crew whilst filming outside of the UK.

“Staying safe on the road is key to the success of this expedition and it’s great to know that Pilgrims is behind us all the way,” enthused Charley Boorman. “Not only did Pilgrims provide us with the full risk assessment so we know what to expect in each country but we can also call them at any time on their 24 hours emergency line. This kind of support is totally reassuring and it’s great to have Pilgrims as part of the team!”

“Pilgrims has an exceptional reputation for their work within the industry and is able to offer a fully comprehensive support system to our By Any Means expedition,” agreed Big Earth Production Coordinator, Sarah Blackett.

Pilgrims comprise ex-special forces operatives and work in the world’s most hostile environments, including Iraq and Nigeria. Its specialist teams provide security and risk advice to individuals and companies across the globe and the company is a leading provider of security training and protection to the world’s media.

“Pilgrims has drawn on its experience of operating high quality security and risk assessments worldwide for businesses, the media and civilians and linked this to our experience of providing risk assessment for Big Earth’s travel programmes to produce these bespoke courses to help people ensure safe, happy travelling, whatever the motivation and wherever the destination,” said Bill Freear.

The advice is clear; if you are going travelling act like the experts; get advice, get training, get smart, and get safe. Log onto for free top tips, obtain risk assessments from specialists such as Pilgrims and book onto a course to prepare and equip you for safe travels for life!

Pilgrims is giving the exclusive opportunity for 5 Big Earth registered users to win a place on a one day Gap Year Travel course. For FREE entry visit and register your details by July 15th. The 5 lucky adventurers will be contacted by email with a date for their FREE gap year training course. Winners will be selected at random and will be notified of their success on Monday July 27th. See website for full list of terms & conditions.