We get a lot of questions on a daily basis, varying from how safe the BIDE-YM activities are, which activities are part of the BIDE-YM tradition and concept, how much the trips or yearly membership costs, what destinations we’re planning on heading to next, or how much a simple travel insurance will cover. Most of these questions can be answered through the links above (under ’What is BIDE-YM?’, ’Destinations’, ’Trips’ and ’Membership’) but some more specific questions we have answered for you down below. If you’re still in the wind about something, you can always reach us on hello@bideym.com or click here!

How do I know that the extreme activities are safe?

Extreme activities carry an element of danger, but your safety always comes first. Any activities we’ve mentioned in this section come with the risk of minor injuries (usually nothing more than cuts and bruises). The operators listed here, and any you’re likely to find on the trails, will be fully licensed and run by trained professionals who will do everything to keep you safe.

The most important thing is using your common sense: listen carefully to any training or safety advice given, don’t be afraid to ask questions if there’s anything you’re unsure about, wear all safety gear provided, choose activities for which you are physically fit enough to handle and don’t overreach your abilities and do anything silly that might endanger your – or anybody else’s – health or safety.

Will my travel insurance cover extreme activities?

If you are planning to partake in any adventure or extreme activities please check carefully that your travel insurance will cover it in the unlikely event that something goes wrong. Most standard travel insurance will cover a moderate level of activity, such as lower-level trekking or safe sports like… badminton or something. Anything more extreme than this may not be covered as standard. You may need adventure travel insurance or extreme sport travel insurance. Every policy will be slightly different, so it’s important to understand what will be covered.

Do I need any training for extreme activities?

For most extreme and adventure activities you will not need to have completed any previous training but it will be advantageous if you are physically fit. If any training is necessary, it will be given to you on-site by a professional before the activity begins.

Do I need to buy any equipment?

Some activities, such as paragliding, allow you to simply turn up on the day (just make sure to wear sensible clothing). Others, such as hiking and mountain biking, may require you to bring a small amount of travel kit, usually the right kind of clothes and a hiking pole or two. If you are required to bring any equipment, a list should be provided to you as early as possible by the activity provider – usually before you actually book anything.