Safety tips for adventure holidays abroad

Planning an exciting, action-packed and fun-filled jaunt abroad can be just the remedy to long summer days stuck in the office.


But, when planning adrenaline-fuelled getaways, it’s important to remember the risks associated with the activities we’ve line up.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has teamed up with the British Standards Institution (BSI) to advise travellers on the checks they should make before setting off.
Whether its gap year travel or a few weeks away to an exotic new location, it’s worth making sure you’re clued up on the safety procedures and questions you should ask when booking an activity in a foreign country.

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According to The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), Brits are becoming increasingly ambitious with their travel plans.

ABTA’s Travel Trend’s 2015 report found that British holidaymakers are shifting from safe holiday choices. It found that around a third (35%) of Brits intend to choose a holiday to a destination they have never visited before this year. 

Travel cover

If your holiday schedule is full of exciting activities, it’s important to make sure you have adequate travel insurance.

Travel insurance policies vary in type, cost and duration but crucially provide you with financial protection when faced with unexpected costs, including personal liability, emergency assistance and medical cover.

Some insurers will provide cover as standard for certain activities, such as camping and moderate trekking, but more extreme pursuits may not be covered as a given.

Specialist activities are ranked by insurers based on risk and as a result your premium will be more expensive for activities that are considered more dangerous.

Anything from white water rafting to shark cage diving may require you to take out specialist adventure travel insurance that can be tailored to your schedule. For more information on adventure travel insurance, take a look at our informative guide here

If you book an impromptu excursion while you are away it’s worth being prepared by either taking a copy of your travel insurance documents or jotting down the contact details of your insurer. If your activity isn’t covered, you can request that your policy is amended to reflect the activity you’re taking part in.

Many activity companies will often require you to sign a disclaimer document before taking part in an activity. If the document absolves the company of responsibility if something goes wrong, you could be liable for any costs, which can be particularly expensive if you don’t have travel insurance. 


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