If you thought adventure holidays were just for the able-bodied, think again. The wide variety of accessible adventure breaks on offer has made the modern world an oyster for disabled folk looking to try something new and exciting. The only real question is which adventure is right for you?
If you can’t resist the allure of a winter wonderland destination, learning to ski in the beautiful Alps could be the adventure trip for you. Val Thorens is the highest altitude resort in France and renowned for being the largest ski area in the world. As a result, there are a number of trails suitable for all levels and abilities as well as a selection of stunning accessible hotels. Some companies can arrange flights, adapted ski equipment, qualified ski instructors and accessible accommodation in one fell swoop. So, whether you’re a solo skier or looking to learn with a group of friends, the right package can be put together for you.
Channel your inner Attenborough with a trip to South Africa, where you can combine a holiday in beautiful Cape Town or Johannesburg with an accessible safari into the heart of a local game reserve. 2by2holidays.co.uk specialises in disabled holidays and wheelchair safaris. Choose from tracking down the Big-Five in Shamwari, looking for lions and wild dogs in Madikwe, or interacting with elephants at the famous Kruger National Park. This is the sort of trip you’ll remember forever.
Floating your way through a weightless underwater kingdom is a magical experience that can easily turn into a lifelong obsession. If SCUBA diving is something you’ve always yearned to try, explore the courses on offer via Disabled Divers International (DDI) where specially adapted diving programs provide disabled people with the right training and necessary equipment to dive safely. The glorious natural splendour of the Greek Islands makes for a fantastic adventure playground for the amateur diver.
Thanks to its epic landscapes and pulse-raising activities, New Zealand has long held the reputation as one of the best destinations in the world for adrenaline junkies and adventure sports enthusiasts. Bungee jumping, where people fling themselves off high objects with nothing but a bungee cord to break their fall, is a popular experience that many travellers are keen to cross off their bucket list. Now, with organisations such as Skywalk.co.nz, disabled people can safely enjoy the feeling of flying (or perhaps you might call it ‘falling with style’) with the spectacular New Zealand vistas spread at their feet. Special harnesses allow visitors with disabilities or mobility issues to enjoy the thrill of a 192-metre drop at 85km per hour. You even get a free pass to the observation deck of the Sky Tower so after your heart rates returned to normal, you can sit back and admire Auckland’s beautiful skyline whilst watching more souls drop from the sky.
Adventure holidays are an incredible way to push your boundaries and create memories that will last a lifetime. There’s nothing quite like the adrenaline rush of conquering a new skill or enjoying an experience unlike anything you’ve encountered before. However, it is of the utmost importance that you make sure you book the right travel insurance for your trip before you take the plunge.
Holidays involving activities such as skiing require specialist travel insurance to ensure you are covered. However, purchasing insurance through your travel provider isn’t always the most cost effective way to go. Medical Travel Compared offers an easy-to-use comparison tool which provides access to a range of different insurers, including those who provide cover for pre-existing medical conditions. Make the sensible decision and get your travel insurance quote today.