If you’re the kind of traveller that likes to unwind at a slightly more adrenaline-fuelled pace than your average tourist, then this article is for you. An increasing number of travellers are seeking out bigger and better thrills, whether that means a hair-raising jet boat ride around a shallow river or throwing yourself out of a plane in a skydive.
Occasionally we hear stories in the news of situations in which these adventurous feats somehow go awry, and while in many countries the adventure travel industry is well regulated and safe, there are nevertheless things that need to be taken into consideration. From a safety point of view, here are a few tips to make sure you come home happy, relaxed and in one piece!
Do Your Research
Whether you’re deciding on a skydiving operator or a bungee jump to take, you need to put in the hard yards and do a little research before committing. You’ll be surprised to discover that in some countries, different tour operators or adventure companies offer wildly varying safety standards—so it pays to figure out which ones have a better reputation.
Something that often gets extreme tourists into trouble is overstating their ability level in a certain sport. While you should be able to rely on a company to uphold all safety standards, they can only do so if you’re honest with them about what you can and cannot handle. Whether you’re kite surfing or wakeboarding, being honest about your skill level will help you have the best experience possible.
If you’re unsure about your skill level, ask the instructors for advice, and they’ll be able to assess whether or not you’re up for the challenge. Also be sure to disclose any injuries you might have, or pre-existing medical conditions that may hamper your progress.
Get The Right Travel Insurance
If you’re the type of traveller who likes a bit of adventure then it’s very important to make sure you have a good travel insurance policy, just in case. Many insurance providers have varying premiums that change depending on the activities you’re planning to undertake—after all, someone taking a historical museum tour of Europe is far less likely to be making a claim than someone hitting the ski slopes in New Zealand.
Getting the right policy can give you the peace of mind you need, and not only that—it can get you the best medical treatment possible on the off chance that the need arises.
While it’s important to remember these safety tips when you’re engaging in adventure sports and activities abroad, remember that as long as you’re sensible and choose reputable tour operators, the likelihood of injuring yourself is slim. With some common sense, your adventure holiday is sure to be the adrenaline-fuelled trip of a lifetime you hoped it would be. Happy travels!