Your questions answered
What does a travel companion do?
A travel companion is not only someone who travels with you, often from start to finish, but also handles the logistics in between. Expectations can include:
- Ensuring all the flight, lodging, transportation details are handled ahead of time.
- Confirming all of your travel documents are good to go.
- Picking you up from home and traveling to the airport with you.
- Handling all the airport exchanges such as check-in, baggage, security, and gate arrival.
- Personally accompanying you to your destination (hotel, family, etc.).
- Traveling and exploring with you while you are away, so you never have to be alone.
- Always having someone right there to take your photo with that epic background.
What is a travel chaperone?
A travel chaperone is someone who travels with you and often has a level of authority and oversight. Usually reserved for children/teenagers/some seniors traveling without their guardians. Examples might include:
- Accompany children between family members - simple delivery and/or stand by for return.
- Accompany minors on non-present parent holidays.
- Accompany senior citizens who require direct oversight.
- We will accompany children ages five and older.
- A Child Consent Form must be completed by the legal guardian.
- Strict compliance with parent's wishes and a government identification check verification before releasing child into the custody of another guardian with be handled without exception.
- Registration with the embassy or consulate in the child's country of origin upon arrival.
What is a security team and do I need one?
A security team usually ranges from 4 to 12 members dedicated to your/your group's personal protection, movement, travel logistics and overall welfare. But there is so much more that we have dedicated a page just for this topic. Read more.
What are your qualifications?
We are a global team with diverse backgrounds, however in short, we all hail from positions where human protection and welfare is/was our sole focus. We have men and women who have and currently protected Ambassadors (U.S. and foreign nations), dignitaries, United Nations personnel, U.S. State Department delegates and other government personnel, foreign diplomats, celebrities, high-net worth families and corporate executives.
One of the very assets that sets us apart is our low-profile signature. This means that we often appear as part of the group i.e. executives, family members, nannies, administrative assistants, so we do not appear threatening or overtly burdensome.
We make decisions under stressful conditions on a daily basis, have strong communication and driving skills, are highly analytical, in excellent physical condition and are professionally trained in unarmed and armed tactics. Thinking ahead is the our key tactic.
We speak multiple languages, have an intimate knowledge of over 56 countries and work with an extended network around the world to ensure details and contingencies have been considered.
Our backgrounds include positions (formerly and currently) as United Nations personnel security, U.S. State Department Worldwide Protective Specialists, law enforcement, S.W.A.T. (and other special operations divisions) officers, military Special Forces, and other government agencies.
Are you insured?
We are fully insured and licensed in the state of Washington, U.S.A. and refer to Washington state laws which govern that license.
Can you teach me/my team/my family how to travel safely?
This is one of our favorite things to do - teach you how to see your environment in a different way. We can train family units on how to work and communicate together, how to act and respond to situations and most importantly how to plan ahead.
We also teach corporate personnel, journalists traveling to high-threat countries, teams on their way to new adventures and solo travelers just to name a few.
Examples of what we cover include:
- Tailored instruction based on the country/countries you are visiting.
- Cultural diversity (so you understand common etiquette).
- The laws/regulations of a country which may help/hinder your travel.
- How to operate as a team.
- How to communicate.
- What to consider.
- How to plan ahead.
- Understanding body language and threat passages.
- First-responder trauma care.
These are just a few topics we cover, which will help you move forward confidently into a unknown area.
We come to you so training happens in your environment in the comfort of your office or home.