Activity Holidays Guide : Factors To Weigh Up

by John Terry

In this installment of our activity holidays guide we look at what to consider before booking.

There are a wide range of activity holidays that are designed to please, that have different fitness levels, experience, and interests. Usually no or little experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a willingness to try something new.

Your level of fitness is half of the equation, along with your willingness. You have to know what you are capable of doing, since the fitness level you have will have a lot do with the activities that you chose. To be able to enjoy yourself they must match each other. Since you guide/instructor is only there to help, it is not right for you to take a trip that will slow other patrons down, or even possibly put their lives in danger.

You should get in contact with the holiday activity booking company if you believe that you age may be a barrier to doing a particular activity. When people have certain disabilities, they nay or may not have barriers to participating in the activities. For most things, an activity holiday company will do all they can to allow everyone to participate, but sometimes this is not possible.

Leisurely, moderate, or intense, are the usual ratings that websites and brochures list about the activities of a certain trip they offer. Since these are ratings from the experiences of the people that came before you, this is something that should be paid attention to before booking your trip. Only choose a moderate or intense one because your want a challenge, not because you think choosing a leisurely one will make you seem weak.

Weather conditions, remoteness of the area, temperature ranges, likely terrain, amount of travel, accommodations, altitude, facilities that are available, and ability to access emergency services, are all things that have to be taken into consideration before booking your activity holiday.

Although the tour operators spend a lot of time researching destinations, the routes they take, the equipment and operations, as well as making sure that everything has been tested, there is no way for them to guarantee your safety.