Adrenaline junkies have always been faced with a problem; the next activity has to be slightly more exciting than the last, or what’s the point?
A decade or so ago, even a humble trip to Las Vegas to blow a month’s wages on the tables would have been the trip of a lifetime. But hardcore thrill-seekers now have to resort to throwing themselves off skyscrapers to scratch the adrenaline itch.
Happily, for those of us who aren’t yet completely addicted to this kind of craziness, the world is full of exciting stuff that you don’t need to be clinically mad to want to try! Here are the top 7 destinations in the world for thrill seekers!
No, not climbing Mount Everest; that’s old news now, and everyone’s done it anyway.
To impress anybody these days you have to have sky-dived over it! You can do it as a tandem jump, so you don’t need to be an expert, though at $35,000 a go you might want to start saving now.
Here’s one for those with no head for heights; white water rafting in some incredible Patagonian landscapes, starting in Futaleufu. Rapids vary from Class I (ridiculously easy) to Class VI (absolutely insane).
Also consider white water rafting in Iceland.
There are a thousand reasons to visit Rio de Janeiro, and the incredible views are just one. Perhaps the best, and certainly the most thrilling way to see the city is by hang glider.
Don’t panic! You don’t need any experience, just strong nerves. You’ll soar above the coastline in a tandem flight with an instructor and eventually land on the sandy beach at Sao Conrado.
If you’re wondering where is Costa Rica, you’re missing out on adventure for sure! Costa Rica is an incredible country, offering long stretches of deserted white sand beaches, dense jungles filled with a rich diversity of exotic wildlife, lush rain-forests, raging rivers, and towering volcanoes.
You can spend your time white water rafting, hiking, abseiling, zip lining, mountain biking, horseback riding, bungee jumping, surfing, swimming, canoeing or on a canopy tour – your biggest challenge will be trying to fit it all in!
Once you get to Costa Rica pay a visit to your hotel concierge – Costa Rica resorts will often have local tour operators that they have specifically partnered with and can sometimes provide discounts for adventure tours.
Belize has a way of bringing out the best parts of you. You morph into “the you” you’ve always imagined yourself to be. The most adventurous you. The daredevil version of you.
Mountainous jungles bring out the hiker in you, and the inner zipliner. There are reefs for your inner snorkeler and diver. Ancient Mayan Ruins and Caves for your inner explorer. Waterfalls for your inner rappeller.
The sheer amount of outdoor adventure opportunities is overwhelming. Boasting the second largest Barrier Reef in the world, the diving here is second to none. The snorkeling and marine activities are definitely first class. And, between hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, fishing, exploring ancient ruins, all in a region with such diverse landscapes, you’ll find that it is unlike any other destination in the world.
New Zealand is, in some ways, the home of lunacy, having invented the bungy jump. The Flying Fox ride at Rangitikei Canyon is something else – a harnessed cable flight into the canyon that can reach speeds of 100mph.
The ground is a long way down, and you’ll fly (or plummet) downwards before looping upwards, falling back, and then floating around in mid-air while you try and calm down.
The good news about climbing Mount Huashan in Shaanxi province is that someone’s added a path, so you don’t need mountaineering skills. (Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is similarly a non technical climb).
The bad news is it’s a one foot wide, rickety bunch of planks with no railings, so you have to chain yourself to the cliffs. Some people like to ascend in the dark, so they can’t see how astonishingly frightening it is.
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Photo credits: Everest Skydive by Everest Skydive. Rio at night provided by LAN Airlines. Belize photos by Ka’ana Belize. Great Blue Hole photo as used in Belize compolation by Eric Pheterson. Wing walking in featured image by Marc Evans.