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Published on February 28th, 2012 | by Allison Wallace

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Adventure Travel: What to Know Before You Go

Deciding which adventure vacation is right for you can be a daunting experience. So we’ve put together some things you should know before you embark on your next big adventure:

Adventure travel is one of the fastest growing trends in tourism today and is typically grouped into two categories: ‘hard’ adventure or ‘soft’ adventure.Skiing, Canada

Hard adventure would include activities such as paragliding, rock climbing and scuba diving in remote and exotic locations. Soft adventures are leisurely, often educational and don’t involve strenuous activities. Culinary and wine tours, bird watching and religious pilgrimages would typically be considered soft adventure.

Mekong River

Deciding which adventure vacation is right for you can be a daunting experience. The first thing to do is decide how adventurous you want to get and BE HONEST about your physical capabilities.

Consider whether you want to be part of a tour or travelling more independently and book as much of your adventure as you can before leaving Canada. This ensures you stay within your budget and don’t miss out on activities that will often sell out if you wait until you arrive at your destination.

It’s also important to visit a travel health clinic at least six weeks in advance to ensure any vaccinations that you may need can be administered in time. As of October 2011, South Africa now requires a yellow fever certificate for anyone entering from a country or region infected by yellow fever. If you don’t have that certificate, you won’t be allowed in.

A group of friends on a hiking, Canada

Make sure you have all the necessary visas to travel and take the time to learn a few key phrases of the local language. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much that could enhance your adventure.

And ALWAYS have medical insurance! Adventure travel by nature is going to be more active than your typical holiday so make sure you’re covered, just in case.

Looking for more information on Adventure Travel or need assistance booking your next adventure tour? Contact one of our travel consultants at 1-866-502-4605 to get started!

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Allison Wallace

Allison Wallace is the Director of Media & Communications for Flight Centre Canada. She is a published author and photographer and her passion for travel has taken her to 65 countries on 6 continents worldwide.



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