How To Choose Adventure Travel Agency
The great outdoors offers a variety of opportunities for thrill seekers of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you’re looking to hike to the peak of the tallest mountain in the United States or want to go on an overnight rafting trip with friends and family, choosing the the right adventure travel agency can be the difference between a disappointing waste of money and the trip that will create some of the best memories for years to come.
The following tips will help you choose the best adventure travel agency for your personal needs and thrill seeking interests:
A Reputation is Important
Thrill seekers are always involved in some type of risky activity, and the travel agencies that offer these types of excursions must be experienced and have extensive knowledge about the types of trips they offer.
You can check the reputation of any adventure travel agency by reading online reviews, asking for referrals from the company directly or attempting to get reviews from some of your friends and family members.
Safety and Security
Even a slight miscalculation in certain situations can lead to injury or death. Each year, dozens of stories appear in the news about the fate of tourists who have been misguided by their respective travel agencies, and the consequences that some of those agencies have faced.
When you’re ready to book your next adventure vacation, ask the agency about safety precautions, if their guides have been trained in first aid and CPR, and try to force them to disclose their safety track record. If you find one or two safety mishaps in an agency’s history, there is nothing to worry about. A consistently poor track record should be a major red flag.
First aid items should also be on your packing list for travel, and the agency can help you decide what to bring along with you.
Beyond the basic CPR and first aid certifications, each guide should hold a specific certification in their respective categories.
For example, if you plan on going river rafting, ask about the guide’s experience and how long he or she has been rafting down a particular river. If you want to explore some of the larger mountain ranges in the country, your guide should hold an American Mountain Guides Association certification and be very familiar with the route you plan on taking.
How Comfortable You Feel With an Agency
In most situations, your gut will tell you all you need to know about how comfortable you are with a specific agency and whether or not they will be a good fit for your adventure vacation. If you feel like you won’t get along with the guide or you don’t feel comfortable about some of the risks they plan on taking, it’s best to look elsewhere for a reputable thrill seeking partner.