Friday, 5 April 2013

Guest Post: How to plan your next adventure sports holiday

For some people, ordinary holidays of lying out on the beach, touring historic sites, and shopping are just not enough. Instead, they seek thrilling adventures which induce an adrenaline-pumping, hair-rising, gut wrenching sensation. Think along the lines of mountain climbing in Guatemala or base jumping in Venezuela. While an extreme sport can be exciting on its own, it can be even more exhilarating when you go abroad. To ensure that you have a thrilling and safe adventure sports holiday, keep in mind the following tips.

Pre-departure Planning

Before you set your sights on jumping from the highest platform or kayaking the toughest river, research the trip thoroughly. Familiarize yourself with the international rules regarding your sport and travelers. For example, countries often use different grading systems for rock climbers. Therefore, it is imperative that you know the equivalent grade for your skill level. You should visit your doctor for a full physical examination and to receive any necessary shots or medications. It’s also a good idea to know all the info on medical negligence and medical care abroad, as some countries provide care that is subpar to what you are accustomed to.

Know the Landscape

Don’t just focus your research on the sport. Make sure you are knowledgeable about the geographical region in which you will be traveling. Stay up-to-date on weather conditions and advisories. Often times, the ideal locations for extreme sports are in remote areas. Before heading out, know the exact location tell the staff of your hotel or notify someone of your whereabouts. It’s also extremely beneficial to keep a guide book and map handy, in case you do find yourself lost.

Insurance

Oftentimes, basic travel insurance doesn’t cover extreme sports. Check to make sure yours does, and if it doesn’t, purchase one that will cover you.

First Aid

If you don’t have any basic first aid skills by now, you should definitely get some training. Knowing how to handle dangerous or life-threatening situations can be the difference between making it out alive or not so successfully. Be aware of where the nearest medical facility is located the appropriate contact information.

Safety First

Whether you’re going by yourself, with a partner or with a guide, make sure you have all the proper equipment. When choosing guided tours, know that the cheapest isn’t always the best, as many companies think they can cut corners with equipment maintenance and safety measures to offer tourists a better price. Always book your trip with a reputable and licensed company. Ask for clarification on any rules and safety regulations, and always perform a thorough inspection of the gear.

A Post-trip Check-up

Hopefully, you will have had an exhilarating and memorable trip without any medical emergencies or the need to get a medical negligence solicitor. Upon your return, visit your doctor to make sure you are healthy and did not sustain any minor or long-term injuries. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to plan your next adventure sports holiday.

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