Adventure Travel and Safety
As per the Wikipedia definitio, Adventure travel is a type of tourism, involving exploration or travel with perceived (and possibly actual) risk, and potentially requiring specialized skills and physical exertion. Adventure tourism is rapidly growing in popularity, as tourists seek different kinds of vacations. According to the U.S. based Adventure Travel Trade Association, adventure travel may be any tourist activity, including two of the following three components: a physical activity, a cultural exchange or interaction and engagement with nature.
Adventure Travel is addictive as participation in Adventure Travel gives the adrenaline Rush, the excitement and a thrilling experience which cannot be felt in any other activity. There is a great demand for different adventure experiences among the middle and high income groups in India. Lot of corporate also use adventure team outings to enhance team building, team bonding and development of high performance teams for its workforce.
The Adventure travel Market Size in India is estimated to be at 600 Crores and growing at 30% annually. With this fast paced growth it becomes more important that both the adventure enthusiast and the adventure operators are aware of the current safety standards required to ensure safe conduct of the activities.
While many adventure operators adhere to prescribed safety standards and the Government of India has given proper guidelines and instructions to adventure tour operators to ensure safe conduct. Having said that one must realize that today the potential risks in adventure travel are much higher. In an attempt to stay ahead of the competition, adventure companies are offering increasingly risky, tougher and exotic adventure experiences.
The Rapid commercialization of the adventure travel industry and the increasing competition to cut price can sometime lead to safety issues as the recommended and standard guidelines are not met by the adventure providers as they either lack the technically competent staff or do not follow recommended safety implementation and checks. In such cases the risks and chances of accidents can get much higher.
Hence it becomes more important for the Government and the industry to work together to ensure that the adventure travel industry in India grows at a steady and safe pace.
Activiy Safety Guidelines: Every activity has its own specific guidelines for safety and a Good practice means ‘the actions currently accepted within the sector to manage safety’.
Operating at a standard lower than good practice will not meet the legal responsibilities and endangers safety and human lives. Good practice will often be activity specific, although there will usually be similarities between activities that manage similar risks and hazards
The adventure seeker and enthusiast should be aware of these inherent risks and should carefully select the activity based on their physical and mental capability and after taking advice from a verified and experienced provider or qualified operator.
Not everyone is suited for all adventure activities hence consulting your doctor is the first step to do before you can start with any adventure activity. It’s important to start small and then slowly participate in difficult and more thrilling adventure activities as one gains experience and adapts. Many new enthusiasts put their lives into unwanted risk by undertaking difficult adventure experiences beyond their physical and mental limits. It’s also very important to inform the adventure provider about any medical ailments that one’s suffers from if any so proper precaution and assistance can be provided.
One way we at Outlife makes adventure travel safe is by manually curating all adventure experiences offered on the marketplace by sending a team of outdoor experts who not only verify the genuineness and technical competency and capability of the adventure tour operator but also go through the entire experience to make it safe and comfortable to the adventure seeker and enthusiast.
While the growth of adventure tourism in India is growing by leaps and bounds and the average Indian is also coming forward to take part in the thrill adventure Travel in India offers.
There is a huge potential for foreign adventure seekers to come to India due to the varied terrain India offers for all activities based on land, air and water. India needs a mandatory national and state policy on safety of adventure travel and strict implementation and monitoring of the adventure operators to offer safety as per international standards.