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.
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.”
Related: 5 Epic Outdoor Adventures in Belize
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.
Related: Biking in Bolivia: The Trout Trail
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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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.