Adventure travel is the best kind – of course, we would think that! Whether you’re going on a motorcycle trail or hiking up a mountain, if your adrenaline is pumping, you know you’re having a good time.
That said, it’s important that these trips don’t end in broken bones, or worse. You can’t carry on being extreme if you get injured along the way. So here are six recommendations for safe adventure travel.
Be aware of your own limits
Part of the thrill of traveling is pushing yourself. However, there’s a fine line between pushing yourself and attempting something you’re not capable of and having an accident. For example, if you’re going rock climbing, make sure you follow all the safety guidelines and only do what you’re able to. This isn’t the time to climb Mount Everest when you’ve never so much as scaled a large hill before!
Let someone know where you are
Traveling in a group makes for a lot more fun and adventure, but there might be times you end up on your own. If that is the case, make sure someone knows where you are and where you’re going, and keep them regularly updated if you can. Let them know when you expect to be back so they can check on you if you’re late.
Check out providers
When you’re trusting a company to keep you safe, perhaps when you’re bungee jumping from a bridge or going on a 4X4 safari, it’s important that you check how legitimate they are. Don’t be afraid to ask to see any certificates or insurance, just to be sure that they’re going to do their best to look after you. If something feels wrong, it probably is.
Wear safety gear
It doesn’t always feel cool to wear a helmet when BMXing down a mountain, but it’s much cooler than falling and hitting your head. When safety gear is provided, wear it – and wear it properly. It could save your life. Always wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the activities, you’ll be glad you did.
Listen to your gut
Your body is usually pretty good at letting you know if something feels wrong. Whatever situation you’re in, if something feels off it’s time to leave or stop whatever you’re about to do. That’s the biggest tip about travel and life in general. Always listen to your gut, it’s usually right.
Make sure you’re covered
No matter how hard you try to stay safe, sometimes it just doesn’t work out. If you don’t have travel insurance, you might end up paying a pretty huge price just to be seen by a doctor. For example, one day in a hospital in the USA can cost up to $10,000, and getting home for emergency treatment could cost more than $100,000! When you’re traveling, you can’t afford to be spending that much money, so make sure you are covered for your adventure.
As long as you’re careful and take the necessary precautions, you’re going to have a trip to remember for all the right reasons. But be warned – it’s addictive!
Do you have any other tips for keeping safe on adventure travel? Please leave them in the comments.