Risk is an important part of life. Challenge has led humans to use fire, to traverse oceans and deserts, to climb the highest mountains, and to journey into space. Exploring involves risks. But we believe that it is not about avoiding risks, but about managing risks.
Hitchhiking is usually very safe. The most encountered feelings of unsafety are probably concerning the driver's driving style. But we are well aware of dangers connected to this mean of transportation. We will avoid hitchhiking in some areas and hitchhiking at night. Also by carefully planning our route, marking our track online with GPS trackers and organizing local contacts along the way, we believe that we can assure the safety of this expedition.
General travel in South and Central America
We are aware that there are places and situations in South and Central America that are dangerous. As one of the poorest continents, crime is a problem, and we will always be on guard, but for every horror stories of women being attacked, there are thousands of female travelers who visit South and Central America without any problems at all. In order to completely avoid unsafe areas we are in touch with other travelers and hitchhikers who previously traveled in those regions and we are carefully working on our travel route in cooperation with locals.
Long distance hiking
Long distance hiking comes with great physical demands like walking for hours with a backpack of heavy supplies. It will also increase the risks of dehydration, fatigue, hazardous water crossings, hypothermia, insect-borne diseases contractions, and animal attacks. We already have experience with several multi-days hiking trips. Remaining aware and prepared in addition to planning ahead are the main ways that we can prevent disasters from happening.