Just because we get older it doesn’t mean we lose our sense of adventure. Most people have a dream of what their ultimate adventure would be, whether spotting big game on the plains of the Serengeti or riding the white water rapids of the Grand Canyon. And the reality is, many people only get the opportunity to make these dreams come true later in life.
The stigma surrounding age is that your body is no longer as durable as it once was, and rather than jetting off seeking adventure, you should be slowing down. But for many people entering retirement, this just isn’t them. Freed from the responsibilities of work and family life, with their time (and money) their own at last, excitement and adventure is what they crave.
So why should age be a barrier to an adventure holiday? As long as the mind is willing, there is no reason. Yes, adventure holidays may carry a certain element of additional risk to sitting on a beach for a fortnight, and certainly require greater exertion. But with a positive attitude and good planning, anything is possible.
Here are some tips for getting started on planning your ideal adventure holiday regardless of how advanced your years are.
Understand your own limits
Ok, so we have started with the boring voice of caution. But really this is just common sense. This is especially the case if you have a medical condition – if you are not realistic about what you are and are not capable of, the likelihood is that you will not have a good time, never mind the risk you expose yourself to. Be honest with yourself about what you are capable of and you are more likely to have the time of your life.
Weigh up group tours versus independent
The easiest way to experience adventure in far flung exotic places is to go through a specialist operator. These usually run group tours and activities, which is perfect if you like to socialise on your travels. However, this is not for everyone, and many travellers do not like the idea of being tied to fixed itineraries. Independent adventure travel gives you the freedom to do as you please, but bear in mind that it takes a lot more planning, and the responsibility for protecting your own health and safety falls on you.
Talk to your GP
Whether you have a pre-existing medical condition or not, it is a good idea to book an appointment with your GP before you head off on an adventure holiday. They will be able to give you honest advice about the suitability of certain activities for any conditions you have, and how to manage them while abroad. Also, make sure you get the right travel vaccinations for the part of the world you are visiting.
Get the right kind of travel insurance
Adventure travel does expose you to different risks you would not associate with a normal resort holiday. It is therefore important to do your research when it comes to buying travel insurance. Choose a provider which specialises in cover for the types of activities you are taking part in, read up on customer reviews and recommendations to check they are reputable, and always read the small print so you understand exactly what you are covered for, for how much and what any excesses are.
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