Holiday claims of the future: What might people be claiming compensation for in years to come?

While for many of us, holidays are the chance to unwind, relax and forget about the stresses of real life, there is a growing market of adrenaline seekers who would prefer to spend their hard-earned holiday flinging themselves off bridges on a bungee rope, tackling bumpy terrain, climbing the world’s toughest peaks - anything but sitting serenely by the pool with a good book.

The rise in popularity of extreme sporting holidays got us thinking - how could these new holiday activities impact compensation claims in the future? After all, these travellers are unlikely to get a bump slipping by the pool, but they certainly might find themselves injured after over-confidently navigating a bumpy road on a bike.

Below are the claims we reckon our expert travel compensation team could be dealing with in the future.

Segway sprains

While rocketing around on a Segway may not technically be an extreme sport, it certainly does not come without its risks. If you have never seen a Segway, imagine a kind of upright electric scooter with two wheels which people stand on, controlled by handlebars.

More and more organisations are offering Segway tours or trips as an option on holidays. You can tour cities from Paris to Dubrovnik, New York and Sydney on such a device, but other options involve slightly more risk - safariing or off road Segwaying anyone.

Aqua sphereing ailments

As if zorbing (rolling down a hill in a plastic ball) wasn’t high adrenaline enough, you can now add freezing cold water to the mix and enjoy a spot of aqua sphereing. Granted, it might be more pleasant to emerge from your ball of frozen water into the hot Spanish sun, but the lack of regulation and safety checks from some companies offering this kind of activity could definitely lead to more injury claims in the future.

Base jumping bumps

To even consider base jumping, you need to have a comprehensive background in skydiving, and have a couple of hundred successful dives under your belt. If this is you, then base jumping (parachuting or wingsuit flying from buildings, cliff faces etc) might be the next logical high-octane step.

Cliff camping calamities

Those with a fear of heights should look away now - cliff camping is pretty self explanatory, but it basically involves sleeping in a tent attached to a cliff face thousands of feet in the air.

If bedding down in a tent hanging off a sheer cliff with nothing below but fresh air appeals to you, you can try it in the UK in areas such as Anglesey, or get an even more terrifying experience on Baffin Island in Canada, where you can enjoy camping on the sheer granite wall of the  1,617 metre Great Sail Peak.

End of the world injuries

If you don’t mind risking life and limb for a great photo opportunity, then be sure to book a trip to Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador, where you can visit the Casa de Arbol villa and swing off the edge of the planet.

The accommodation is within view of Mount Tungurahua, an active volcano, and thrill-seeking holidaymakers in search of a great picture queue up to take their chances on the Swing at the End of the World. The swing is made from nothing more than a plank of wood and two ropes, but if you swing out far enough - bear in mind you’re 8,530ft above sea level - your holiday snaps will be the envy of everybody.

Hoverboard hangovers 

This point is a little tongue in cheek, but with rapid advancement of technology of all sorts being seen in every sector, who’s to say we won’t be flying around on hoverboards in the future?

The potential for injury on a hoverboard is obvious - you’re pretty much balancing on a wheel-less skateboard suspended in mid-air.