Does the idea of sitting on a beach topping up on your tan send shivers down your spine? Plenty of vacationers love the prospect of sipping sangria in the sun, but it isn’t for everyone. You are a person who prefers an adventure, so it makes sense to book an adventure holiday. From skiing the most challenging black runs in the world to scaling volcanoes, the world is there for the taking. Nothing does get the blood pumping quite like the thought of immediate danger.
There’s a difference between pushing the envelope and being reckless, though. Mother Nature is a cruel mistress and her mood swings are famous. Get caught out and it could be a lot more than which you originally bargained. Safety measures are not square, man – they’re essential.
Here is a list of considerations to stay safe and have the experience of a lifetime.
Beginner, Intermediate Or Pro?
Hurtling down a black run is the ultimate skiing experience. Hitting a grade 6 river run is a rafting once-in-a-lifetime. Climbing Everest is the peak of humanity. There’s no doubt everyone would love to be able to say “I have done the lot.” But, only a select few individuals can boast of their achievements because they are experts. These men and women spend years of hard work and analysis researching the pros and cons. They practice for months leading up to the event. They even try and recreate the conditions to acclimatize their bodies. Without proper planning, the targets which you want to hit are impossible and dangerous. The responsible thing to do is start at the bottom of the ladder and work your way to the very top. Stick to your grade, guys and girls.
Attitude is an amazing thing. At the bottom of a long hike, not one person wants to stop. It’s like you won’t get going again if you do! Plus, it’s human nature to want to get the hardest part out of the way as quick as possible. Your mindset is commendable, but it can get you into trouble. The body is only accustomed to regular exercise, especially in foreign conditions. If you are at altitude, for example, the muscles will tire quicker than at sea level. As such, it’s vital to stop, drink plenty of H2O and eat. Water and food provide energy that will come in handy by the end of the climb.
Extreme holidays tend to suffer from severe weather. Boarders and skiers know this better than anyone because they are at the mercy of the elements. For the most part, the slopes are sanitized for the health and safety of the guests. However, no one can tame Mother Nature. It isn’t uncommon for small avalanches and rock slides to hit a piste without warning. Even worse, a snowstorm can leave you stranded miles from home without food, water or warm clothing. Snow reports are crucial tools which people on the slopes should use every time they start their day. A quick glance at the weather forecast should allow you to avoid the worst parts of the resort.
Usually, an extreme activity will require a guide. Could you imagine scaling a mountain without a Sherpa? The good news is quality guides are available at the right price; the bad news is there are cowboys. Because adventure vacations are money-makers, “entrepreneurs” set up businesses to make a profit. And, to keep their ROI healthy, they take shortcuts on training and equipment to name three. Halfway up a volcano, this could be a deadly corner to cut. The best solution is to choose a reputable company by researching their reviews online. Try and find customer-based feedback that isn’t on the website for an honest reaction. Alternatively, pay a little extra for quality gear and service.
Phone A Friend
Too many adrenaline junkies have been in a vulnerable situation and not had help. Why? It’s because they didn’t tell anyone where they were going or what time they would be back. Therefore, no one raised the alarm and a search party didn’t try and save them. Because you don’t want to suffer the same fate, it’s imperative to tell someone of your plans for the day. Mention which attraction you wish to see, show them the route on a map and leave a phone number. That way, they can call and check up on your status should it get late or if the weather turns.
Adventure vacations are great fun but potentially deadly too. Do you have safety tips that would like to add?