Outdoor experiences: Tips for guests
With so many wonderful things to do, places to go, and people to meet, outdoor experiences offer you rare opportunities that may call for a level of preparedness beyond your everyday normal.
We've partnered with the Adventure Travel Trade Association, leaders in adventure travel, to provide safety recommendations to help you prepare for experiences that include outdoor activities.
Choose an experience that works for you
Get to know your Host. Read their bio, and check out the experience description, including the ‘Guest Requirements’ section, plus:
- Be informed—feel free to message your Host and ask additional details
- Be comfortable—make sure you’re ok with the health, fitness, skill or intensity levels described
- Be ready to participate—let your Host know about any health concerns, such as food allergy or a heart condition
Before the experience
Beyond the itinerary, make sure you know what to expect before the day. You could ask:
- What modes of travel are involved?
- Is your Host providing any equipment?
- What should you bring—food, water, clothes, insect repellent, or more specialized gear?
- What’s the deal with transport, parking, and bathroom facilities?
- What could the weather be like?
- How challenging is the terrain?
- Is there cell coverage?
Once you arrive
Your experience is about to start!
- Understand the route well, and ask about back-up plans in case the planned route can’t be accessed
- If the Host provided gear, make sure it’s in good condition, clean and dry, and fits you properly
- Ask if there are any dangerous animals, plants, or places that you should keep an eye out for
Play it safe
Nothing ruins a good time like bad planning, so:
- Make sure you’re clear about what happens if a guest is lost or injured
- Ask if your Host has any medical training or certification
- Talk about an emergency plan
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- How-to•Experience HostHosts can set the skill level in the guest requirements section of their experience page, with guidance from the Adventure Travel Trade Asso…
- How-to•Experience HostIntensity level definitions to serve as guides to help you gauge how strenuous an experience is based on the activities taking place.
- How-to•GuestOur community relies on honest, transparent reviews. Hosts and guests write about their time once the experience has ended.