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It’s hard not to harbor an insane jealously for the likes of Pierce Brosnan or Angelina Jolie. And not because they’re stupidly good looking or married to Brad Pitt (though that too). The world’s most extreme adventures. 

As adventure travelers who traverse the globe in search of the most intense thrills on earth, we’re jealous of the Goldeneye Bungee Jump over Contra Dam in Switzerland; of the Tomb Raider scene where Lara Croft leaps from the 84th floor of the under-construction Two International Finance Centre building in Hong Kong wearing a wingsuit. We wish we could be Joseph Gordon-Levitt on his sky high trapeze over New York City. Or to emulate Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves’ Mexico Skydive in Point Break.

Though while we may fantasize about action films, it’s not these actors we’re jealous of. It’s their stuntmen. So, to embrace your inner stuntman, the following are the most extreme activities around the world; the most thrilling and frightening experience we can have as human beings! Though you can actually complete all of these … there’s no such thing as a green screen!

Which of these heart-pounding stunts will you add to your thrill-seeker’s bucket list? best adrenaline activities around the world. 

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Skydive Mount Everest

Climbing Everest not for you? Why don’t you take the jump instead?!

Tick off the highest peak in the world by taking a unique skydive from a dizzying height. At 29,500 ft with the landing sites at Syangboche Airport (12340ft) and Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,000ft), this is the highest commercial aerial adventure in the world. Can you skydive over Mt Everest?

Though it also comes at a reasonably high cost – $35,000 for a tandem jump ($25,000 for solo skydivers). Only a very limited number of jumps are offered throughout the year, and reservations need to be made at least 6 months in advance. Best adventure activities in the world. 

Contact Everest Skydive for more FAQ. Photos courtesy of Everest Skydive. If the cost of a skydive is too high, treks in Nepal can be highly adventurous too.

Scuba Dive into The Great Blue Hole, Belize

The Blue Hole, Belize’s biggest diving attraction, an almost perfectly circular hole of water 480 feet (145 m) deep with a radius of more than 1,000 feet (305 m). It is one of the most astounding dive sites to be found anywhere on earth, the hole itself being the opening to a system of caves and passageway that penetrate this undersea mountain. Crazy tourist attractions. 

“Today the Blue Hole is famed for its sponges, barracuda, corals, angelfish, and a school of sharks often seen patrolling the hole’s edge.”

Running of the Bulls, Spain

Each July, fearless (or foolish) adventurers travel to Pamplona, Spain and thrust themselves into the path of six furious bulls. In a race which is sure to get your adrenaline truly pumping, it has been said that “you know you are really running with the bull when you feel the breath of the animal on your pants.

Originally celebrated as a saint’s feast day, this is now a festival which runs for nine days, from July 6 through 14 each year.

Bulls are released into the city streets each morning as the city clock at the corral in Calle Santo Domingo strikes 8, with Spaniards across the nation watching the spectacle on live TV. insane tourist activities.

Cycling “Death Road”, Bolivia

A 69 km narrow one way road which snakes it’s way around the side of a very sheer cliff, ‘Death Road’ is known as the most dangerous road in the world. Those seeking adrenaline while visiting Bolivia jump on mountain bikes and hope to live to tell the tale. Best Adrenalin activities in the world.

Starting in the Andes snow capped mountains at 5,000m (16,000 feet), above sea level, the ride is downhill 100% of the way. Cyclists get kitted out with elbow pads, knee guards, gloves, and a full-face helmet. Clouds will fly by so fast you can practically touch them as you gain momentum and speed through deserted paths, shoot through hidden valleys, and over stunning high passes. With the very real possibility of death, and vehicles coming the opposite way, it is sheer adrenaline the whole way down! Extreme tourist attractions. 

Wing Walking, Worldwide

Wing walking is for those daredevils seeking something truly extreme –  the act of moving on the wings of an airplane during flight.

It came about in the 1920’s when wartime pilots needed something to satisfy their appetite for danger, and the concept then became popular in air shows where pilots would try to outdo each other and attract large audiences with increasingly riskier stunts. Stunt locations around the world. 

Today anyone can have a go. Scariest tourist activities for adventure travel.

Re-Live Your Favorite Film Stunts

Cheapflights has put together a dynamic module that allows you to learn more about famous film stunts and how you can get your thrills for cheaper nearby. Learn more about these action-packed film stunts and how to relive the thrills for less in each location. Best adventure travel things to do.

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For more action-packed interactive content, head to the Flying Stuntman page at Cheapflights, which includes behind the scenes footage of their Flying Stuntman advert and a chance to win a trip for two in their Find the Stuntman Game. Most adventurous things to do in the world. 

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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list.

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Photo credits: First Pinterest Image: Photos (from top to bottom) by Everest Skydive, Mapping Megan & Pixabay. Second Pinterest Image: Photos (from top to bottom) by Jesús Rodríguez Fernández, Pixabay, Mapping Megan & Marc Evans. Everest Skydive by Everest Skydive. Great Blue Hole by Eric Pheterson. Running of the Bulls by Nicki Dugan Pogue. Spanish Bull by Lore & Guille. Death Road by Mapping Megan. Cyclist looking over cliff by Marco Antonio. Wing walking by Marc Evans & Martin Pettitt.

    28 Comments

  1. Fun stuff, sort of! :D I would definitely try the cycling in Bolivia.

    • That was one of the funnest days of my life – loved that it was down 100% of the way lol that kind of cycling I can do :D

  2. Great article!

    • Thanks Dave! Happy travels! May they be extreme :D

  3. No, we’re not going to add any of these insane adventures to our bucket list :-). Except for maybe scuba diving in the Blue Hole. We’ve scuba dived with bull sharks, lemon sharks (and a tiger shark) at Cabo Pulmo near Cabo San Lucas – and that was an awesome experience. Cabo Pulmo is a marine sanctuary, so it’s full of reef fish and sharks. Once you dive with sharks in the wild, it reduces that natural fear we have (as they’re not likely to hurt you unless they confuse you with a weak seal).

    • Haha some of them are definitely in the realm of outside the comfort zone :D But yes, if you’re in love with scuba diving definitely try and organize a trip to Belize – the Blue Hole is one of the most amazing scuba spots on the planet.

      Cabo Pulmo sounds awesome, I hadn’t heard of that before, so I’ll have to add it to my list. I agree with you that diving with sharks in the wild reduces natural fear – they’re not aggressive creatures at large, more curious than anything else!

  4. These are all too extreme for me! Well, maybe except for the scuba diving. My husband would probably happily partake in these activities, except for running with the bulls. That is just way too crazy.

    • I met a traveler in France a few weeks after Running of the Bulls in 2009 – he had this massive hoof print scar on his back which he was wearing as a badge of honor. Lol admittedly I thought he was insane, but he had the time of his life so I guess that’s all that counts!!

  5. oh gosh, don’t you have a video of all this activities? it could be so viral and exciting! you’re very brave!

    • Great idea to put everything together into a video clip! I put together a highlights of one year traveling and blogging video, which had snippets from skydiving, death road, and abseiling buildings in Bolivia, though a lot has happened since then! Will have to start work on a new one!

    • Thanks Karla! What’s life without a little adrenaline right!!

  6. Awesome post! I would definitely be to scared for some of these activities (I mean, seriously, sitting on top of a plane!!!) but I would love to go diving in the Great Blue Hole of go cycling on the Death Road (I am a Dutchie after all and we love our bicycles;-)

    • Thanks Lotte! You would definitely fit in on Death Road if you love a good bike ride. I think from memory we rode 51 km that day, I loved it because it was all downhill – my favorite kind of ride lol :D

  7. Crazy! I won’t be doing any of these anytime soon except maybe diving, but starting with something easier. For sure. My level of insanity is fairly low :)

    • Haha my level of insanity has risen over the years … I started out slow, but the addiction to adrenalin bites you as harshly as the travel bug lol :D

  8. Doing the Death Road in Bolivia was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. I would never be able to sufficiently put it into words. Have you guys done any of these extreme adventures? Sky diving is definitely on my to do list! And so is base jumping and free soloing!

    • Totally agree! Haven’t done base jumping though that one is quite high on my list – Everest Skydive is obviously also on my list. I’ve done 4 Skydives to date, though haven’t yet worked up the budget for the highest commercial skydive in the world. Maybe one day!

  9. Honestly I got scared just reading this article. I am so afraid of heights. I have done some stuff, but still a scaredy cat. If I had to choose one from the list it would probably be running with the bulls. That and all seems extremely dangerous, but hey, at least it is on land.

    • Haha scuba diving could also be for you then, it’s still an amazing adventure though doesn’t require falling of any kind :D

  10. I think this is a good selection of adrenaline activities to try whilst travelling. I didn’t try the Death Road in Bolivia, but thoroughly enjoyed my time cycling all the way through South America. Some great roads and stunning scenery.

    • The scenery there is definitely stunning! South America was just made for a bike adventure/journey!

  11. BRILLIANT list!! I think we’ve all wanted to be action stars sometimes, this brings us much closer.Mar Of course I have to gather all the courage in the world but it looks more than worth it!

    • Thanks Mar! Glad you enjoyed the post! Best way to bring out our inner stunt man and pretend we’re action stars even if it’s just for one day :D

  12. A couple of these pics almost made my heart stop!! hahaha. I love adventures, but I think I’m a little too much of a coward for most of this stuff! Love the article, though, and I’m amazed when I read all the crazy things people do (and seem to live through)!

    • Haha got my adrenaline pumping just putting it all together for the post :D There are definitely some amazing adventures out there for those who seek it!

  13. Those activities are great ways to get the heart beating fast. If nothing else, they make for memorable travels.

    • Absolutely – the most memorable travels you’re likely to have :D

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