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Potential risks are being highlighted to travellers planning to take adventure tours.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has teamed up with the British Standards Institution to offer advice on how stay safe.
A checklist has been produced by the FCO to help people prepare for trips which may include activities ranging from deep-sea diving and bungee jumping to mountain biking and canoeing.
Although there is no absolute guarantee that accidents can be avoided, the FCO and BSI are highlighting the importance of being aware of potential risks.
The FCO said it is important that consumers recognise that a range of hazards can arise during any journey in unfamiliar conditions and climates.
“Where there is an intention to include some element of challenge and physical risk, travellers and their organisers need to be especially well prepared,” it said.
Cara Fortune, from the FCO’s ‘Know Before You Go’ team, said: “As adventure travel becomes more and more popular, it’s important for British nationals heading overseas to be aware of the potential risks.
“Our new checklist, developed with the experts at the British Standards Institution, provides some helpful advice on how to choose a quality trip with a travel provider who adheres to an appropriate safety standard.
“Most of all we want people to stay safe and remember their time abroad for all the right reasons.”
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