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    Tips for safe adventure travel

    20 March 2018
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  • There’s nothing more exciting than travelling the world to see incredible places and have great new experiences. Adventure travel is becoming more and more popular as even the most remote locations become accessible.

    So whether you’re trekking through the Amazon rainforest, skydiving in Australia or scuba-diving in Egypt, make sure you take the necessary precautions. Staying safe gives you one less thing to worry about on your adrenaline-filled adventure!

    Before you book:

    • Check out the company you want to book your trip with. Do some research on all the choices available to get the best deal. Remember, you don’t just want to find the best price: you also need to ensure the company is reputable. Read reviews, check message boards, or ask adventure travel specialists for their recommendations. You can always book through travel agents rather than on your own.
    • Think about your fitness levels, and plan your activities accordingly. If you’ve got your heart set on scaling remote mountains, or going rock-climbing under the blazing sun, make sure it’s something you’re physically capable of it. You might even have to do some training, to make sure you’ll be fighting fit.
    • Make sure any courses have official affiliations. Diving schools ought to be registered with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), and skydiving instructors should be qualified with their local association.

    Before you go:

    • Depending on where you’re headed, you might need vaccinations. These protect you against common diseases in different countries, so they’re essential prep. Injections need different incubation times: many need to be administered more than a month in advance.
    • Get travel insurance that covers what you need. Many companies cater specifically to adventure travellers with in-depth packages. We, for example, have optional adventure sports add-ons. If you’re somewhere remote, make sure your insurance covers medical evacuation (i.e. being collected by an air ambulance) as that can cost huge amounts. Remember to announce any pre-existing conditions, like asthma or depression, to ensure your insurance is totally water-tight. And if you’re travelling within the EU, take your free European Health Insurance Card with you.
    • Have a GP check-up before you leave to check you’re fit, healthy and ready to go.
    • Photocopy your important travel documents, such as your passport, travel insurance paperwork and your itinerary. Scan them into your computer and email them to yourself, so you have online copies too. Give your friends and family a copy of your itinerary, so they know where you'll be.

    While you're away:

    • Keep in contact with loved ones as best you can. Some areas may not have phone signal, but people will always appreciate texts to let them know you're still doing okay – and having a fantastic trip!
    • Dress appropriately to your situation. Make sure to wear safety gear during activities – don’t refuse to put on a helmet while cycling just because you’re worried about looking cool.
    • Make friends. If you're truly travelling solo, you're bound to meet new people who share your sense of adventure along the way. And if you're on a tour, bond with your new mates: that way you can look out for each other when things get tough. Don't trust people blindly, but understand how important social systems can be.
    • Try not to worry! If you’ve taken the necessary precautions, then your adventure trip is going to be as safe as it can be. Listen to your guides, get your gear on, and have an amazing time.