How Can You Be Sure Your Zip Lining Adventure Is Safe?3 min read
Adrenaline is a hormone and neurotransmitter. When you have an adrenaline rush your heart rate, blood pressure, perspiration, blood sugar and metabolism all increase. Your breathing ramps up. Your body even releases endorphins, the feel-good hormone, into your system.
The feeling is thrilling. It’s exciting. Many of us find the effect of a large dose of adrenaline dumped into the bloodstream pleasurable. All of the extra energy, hormones and oxygen create a euphoric feeling that can last for hours.
A rush of adrenaline usually happens when your body senses danger, a “fight or flight” trigger. Activities like bungee jumping, rock climbing, sky diving and any other activity that involves a larger than normal amount of danger or risk of injury can trigger an adrenaline rush.
Which brings us to zip lining – you’re strapped to a relatively thin cable and zooming for miles above lush landscape. It’s a common adventurous activity in the U.S., but it’s equally, if not more so, popular with travelers. It is most common in travelers visiting places like Costa Rica, Africa, South America, New Zealand and many other destinations. In places like these, zip lining gives travelers a bird’s eye view of its beauty along with an exciting adrenaline rush.
Unfortunately, with zip lining, there is a real risk of danger or injury. In the U.S. alone, where we have the highest safety regulations and standards, zip lining injuries are on the rise. Now think about zip lining companies in countries with lower safety standards. You can see how an adrenaline rush can turn into a scary nightmare.
That doesn’t mean you should avoid zip lining – it just means you have to be more careful about where you decide to do it.
Here’s how to can ensure your safety if you seek out an adrenaline rush during your travels.
Do your research
Homemade zip lines pose a much greater threat of injuries than professional ones, so that’s where your research should start. Confirm that the place you plan to go zip lining is a professional company. You can often find this out by seeing if a cruise line, nationally or internationally-known resort has endorsed the zip lining company. These types of endorsements mean that it’s likely going to be safe and established.
This type of endorsement will also mean that the zip lining company has been insured, licensed and gone through inspections. When in doubt, ask to see a copy of their inspection report and find out if they’re fully insured.
Additionally, hop online and research the country’s safety and inspection standards for zip lining companies. Also research what standards the zip line course was built to meet and the process they use to train their guides.
Take safety precautions
Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just looking for a thrill while on vacation, err on the side of caution and make sure you get travel insurance before your trip. Zip lining is usually covered by travel insurance plans whereas sky diving and SCUBA diving are not – this is where reading the fine print is crucial. In the event that you get sick or injured during your zip lining travels or doing any other activity, travel insurance can help you in the wake of seemingly insurmountable medical costs abroad (just make sure your covered for all activities).