How to use the site

Are you going somewhere new? Do you want to know if it’s safe?

The Starling Safety website has a wealth of information on locations around the world.

Just select the country or territory you are going to and browse the risk analysis.

The subjects covered on each country report include everything from crime and terrorism to climate, driving and medical considerations.

Key information is broken down into easy-to-understand segments so users can quickly understand what risks they might encounter in a new destination.

Each country is assigned with travel safety scores for key categories on a 1-10 scale (1 = the situation is terrible; 10 = the situation is very safe) so users can identify the main risk areas at a glance.

Even information on ATM availability, tap water drinkability, taxi safety, cultural norms, belief systems and power supplies are covered, so you can understand complex environments very quickly, helping you judge what practical considerations, vaccinations and other forms of preparation are necessary before you travel.

The other feature of the site is its advice-sharing function.

On any country or territory page you can click the ‘What the Starlings Say’ tab. Here, you can leave comments, tips and advice for other travellers on places that you know, or you can browse what other travellers have said before you.

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 also 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. Users with the highest number of verifications can make it onto our leader board, as well as getting kudos for helping out the flock.

The more everyone adds to the site, the more everyone benefits from useful information.

You can sign up for free here and start sharing information on the places you know.