If you and your mates are looking for the ultimate adrenalin pumping, white-knuckle ride then grab an oar and a helmet and head to one of the worldâ€™s most challenging and exciting white water rivers for a thrilling rafting experience.
Thereâ€™s nothing more exhilarating than relying on yourself and your friends as you charge through a narrow gorge, in a spray of white foam, and try to avoid the jagged rocks and swirling currents that any moment could flip you into the churning water.
My only word of warning would be, make sure that your annual multi-trip travel insurance will cover you for any incidents before you set foot in your raft â€“ itâ€™s not something youâ€™ll want to discover youâ€™re not covered for after the fact.
Right, with your insurance in place, here are my favourite white water rafting locations.
1. Americaâ€™s Colorado River
Seeing the mighty Grand Canyon from the water of the Colorado River that runs through it will give you an entirely new perspective on this awe-inspiring landscape. That is if you have time to look up as you battle the raging torrents of the river as it cascades through the rapids of this stunning canyon.
2. Chileâ€™s Futaleufu River
This is definitely not a white water rafting trip for the faint-hearted; in fact youâ€™ll want to make sure your annual multi-trip travel insurance is in place before you even consider the Class 4 vertical drops of the Futaleufuâ€™s rapids. The river here comes off the glaciers above in the Andes so if you fall in, youâ€™ll be in for an icy shock. But donâ€™t worry â€“ the base camps here know how to thaw you out with a selection of hot tubs, warm showers and saunas.
3. Australiaâ€™s North Johnstone River
If you want to up the extremity level and get off the beaten track then how about a helicopter drop to the remote Class 4 and 5 rapids of the North Johnstone River. The high rainfall here makes the river the ultimate challenge to white water rafters. Youâ€™ll need an insurance company with an equally adventurous spirit to offer you annual multi-trip travel insurance which covers this one, so go with a specialist like us at Letâ€™s Go Insure.
4. Zimbabweâ€™s Zambezi River
If you really want to test your mettle then how about taking on water that not only blasts its way down the valley in a series of Class 4 rapids, but during its calmer stretches is home to wildlife including crocodiles and hippos? The Zambezi is also the site of the stunning Victoria Falls, but donâ€™t get carried away â€“ thereâ€™s some white water thatâ€™s just too challenging to ride. Better just to take your camera along instead.
Before you set out on your white water adventure itâ€™s important to check that your annual multi-trip travel insurance covers these kind of adrenaline sports. If youâ€™re policy doesnâ€™t cut it, get in touch with a specialist company like us at Letâ€™s Go Insure. Weâ€™ll get you covered and out on the rapids in no time.
Ethan Bailey is an experienced adventure traveller and insurance expert with the team at Let's Go Insure. Ethan’s passion is to inspire his clients to go just that little bit further, deeper and higher on their travels and his expertise in providing the ideal insurance cover allows them to do just that. If you're looking for the best annual multi-trip travel insurance Let's Go works with the most experienced underwriters, intermediaries and insurers to offer a range of competitive insurance without compromising on cover.
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