What to Look Out for When on an Adventure Holiday
(Guest Post by Lianne Stewart, Media Consultant)
If you’re an avid traveler looking for a sense of adventure from your next trip, there are a few things to look out for. Ensure your safety and have a successful holiday by following these quick tips.
Don’t go it alone
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As an adventurous, thrill-seeking traveller, it’s likely you’ll be eager to explore and head off the beaten track all by yourself. However, it’s not wise. Many tourists before you have fallen into particularly dire circumstances after thinking they know best – don’t make the same mistake.
If you’re planning on exploring an uncharted and potentially dangerous area, do it with a guide if possible. They’ll likely be able to advise you on what to do and where to go, so it’s sensible – even if it dampens the appeal of discovering a hidden location all by yourself.
Be sure your guide is official
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With that being said, there are unfortunately a large number of opportunists disguising themselves as official tour guides in order to get your money. Be sure you’re going with the right person – inquire with travel agents to see which firms to look out for when wanting a tour.
If you do pay out and end up with a scammer, there are plenty of tricks to look out for. One popular way to trick tourists out of money is by claiming your chosen destination is ‘off limits’ for the day, so that they can offer you an alternative which will cost you a lot more.
Act sensible at all times
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When partaking in certain activities, you’ll need to listen carefully to instructions. There have been instances where tourists think they know best, or there’s miscommunication hindering people’s ability to understand the rules – sometimes leading to very unfortunate consequences. ask for them to be repeated until you’re absolutely clear.
And don’t think you don’t need to listen to these instructions. They’re put in place for your safety, so it’s important you’re following them at all times – especially if the activity you’re about to take part in is a particularly dangerous one. A majority of activities are tricky in terms of insurance, too – be clear on how you’re covered before taking a risk.
Step out of your comfort zone
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Don’t be afraid to take up a challenge. Whether it’s too high, too fast or too much for you, you’ll likely regret it if you don’t give it a try. Where else are you going to be able to ride a microlight above a waterfall – one of the most thrill-seeking things to do around the world – apart from Zimbabwe’s majestic Victoria Falls?
When exploring the world, you’ll want to seize every opportunity in order to fully embrace the potential of your destination. Sure, things may be much more challenging than you feel comfortable with – but that makes up for a majority of the fun.
Are you a thrill-seeker with some helpful tips of your own? Don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below.