Bungee-jumping travel insurance is vital because bungee jumping is considered an extreme sport and comes with an element of risk. Bungee jumping is quite popular in New Zealand, the United States and Canada, and it is also practiced in many other countries worldwide, such as Zimbabwe and Chile.
In bungee jumping, you are tied to a large elastic cord that is attached to a large, usually static object, such as a bridge, a building, a crane or a cliff. While the cord was initially attached only to the ankle, to enhance security and provide safeguards, it is now attached to a person's body with a body harness. The cord is called a bungee cord.
You then free-fall down, and at a certain point, the elastic cord pulls you up. You then keep going up and down until the cord's energy has dissipated.
Bungee jumping is popular with young people, particularly students.
Make sure to select a reputable company that has been offering bungee jumping for at least several years and has a proven track record. Make sure that the professional checks all of your equipment and prepares you well for the jump.
You don't need to buy or rent any equipment to do this, as the operator will provide all of that. However, make sure that you are appropriately clothed for the weather.
While most people do bungee jumping on their own, it is offered to pairs at some places.
If the operator offers professional pictures or a DVD of your activity, make sure to buy them as you will cherish the memories for a long time.
Even though bungee jumping has its risks, many people still do it for the thrill. For those who are afraid of heights, it can be a terrifying experience. If you have any doubts as to whether you will be able to do it due to pre-existing physical conditions, make sure to consult a physician first.
Modern bungee jumping is relatively safe due to the major safety precautions taken by the operators, and very few people die each year from doing it.
However, it is still an extreme sport, and there is still a good chance of painful injuries, such as:
- Sprained or dislocated joints
- Detached retina, eye trauma and other eye issues
- Slim chance of hitting the ground
- Rope burn if the person becomes entangled in the cord following the jump
As you can see, severe injury or death is a possibility in bungee jumping.
Injuries from bungee jumping can be excruciating and severe. Therefore, when traveling outside your home country, proper travel insurance that covers bungee jumping is necessary. Make sure to read the fine print for coverage limitations.
Many standard travel insurance plans don't cover bungee jumping, but optional coverage at an additional cost may cover bungee jumping. Even then, some travel insurance plans may cover only one jump or just three jumps. Therefore, read the details carefully to make sure you are adequately covered.
Medical bills in a foreign country can be very high. Depending on where you are traveling, if you are injured in a remote location, emergency medical evacuation (transportation) to somewhere where adequate care can be given may be necessary.
Many people have no advanced plan of bungee jumping when traveling abroad, but they end up doing so in a split-second decision. However, that is not wise. If there is any possibility that you will be bungee jumping on your foreign trip, make sure first to buy travel insurance that covers it.