Are you going somewhere new? Do you want to know if it’s safe? Find out on our site.

Select the country or territory you are going to visit and browse the risk analysis under the various tabs like ‘security’ or ‘geography’.

Click on the ‘What the Starlings Say’ tab then scroll down to see advice other users on the site have left about the location.

If you have uploaded three comments anywhere on the site, you will also be able to click on the ‘Advice’ tab, containing risk mitigation guidelines written specifically for that country.

This should help you plan your trip, even if you don’t have a lot of time to prepare.

Once you have returned from your trip, leave some helpful comments for other travellers who might want to visit there in the future.

As well as uploading helpful advice on a location, you can also post links to relevant news articles or post upcoming events (such as an election, festival or planned protest for example) which might affect travellers heading to that location.

If you read advice on an area that you know and agree with it, you can click on the tick sign to ‘verify’ it as accurate. The more verifications a piece of advice has, the more accurate it is likely to be.

If you disagree with anything you have read, you can ‘flag’ it and a member of our intelligence department will investigate it.

Other users will also be able to see that the information has been flagged, which will warn them that the information might need to be cross-referenced for accuracy.

Essentially, use Starling Safety to research your upcoming trips and/or monitor developing situations, but please also share your knowledge with the rest of the flock, because your insight could really make a difference.

The more we all share, the more we all benefit.

Sign up to join our flock here.