10 Travel Activities for Thrill-Seekers
If walking tours and museum visits just aren’t doing it for you anymore, maybe one of these adventurous activities will. Read on to find out how to get your adrenaline pumping on your next vacation.
Skydiving in Hawaii
It's no secret that skydiving is a fantastic adventure choice for the thrill-seeking traveler, but where is the best place to do it? Hawaii, of course. The beautiful island can be seen in its entirety from up in the air and sky diving trips are offered all over the state. Not only will you get the adrenaline rush you crave while freefalling thousands of feet in the air, but you'll get to enjoy a beautiful view from a very unique vantage point as you descend.
Heli-Skiing in Whistler
If skiing and snowboarding have become mundane winter activities for you, it's time to head out to Whistler, British Columbia for a heli-skiing experience. Instead of gliding up the slopes on a traditional ski lift, jump into a helicopter that will fly you up to the top, where you will jump out and land on the slopes. If this doesn't classify as an extreme sport, we don't know what does - and Whistler is the ideal place to try it out. With an excellent ski and snowboarding climate, British Columbia sees 90% of the world's heli-skiing enthusiasts every year.
Kayaking or Rafting the Grand Canyon
Kayaking or rafting the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River just north of the Grand Canyon may sound like your run-of-the-mill travel activity, but there is nothing ordinary about this white-water rafting experience. Navigating these intense rapids along one of the world's largest natural wonders is a feat only the thrill-seeking adventurer will truly appreciate. Take in the view of this amazing landmark while experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime, action-packed adventure.
Hang-Gliding in Rio de Janeiro
There is more than one way to appreciate a beautiful city but hang-gliding over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the way to go if it's adventure you seek. While living up to the expectations of the adventurous traveler within you, you'll get a one-of-a-kind glimpse at the majestic city while gliding above it. It's one of the most exciting activities a tourist can find in Rio and there is certainly no shortage of hang-gliding tour operators.
Climbing Mount Everest
This is probably as adventurous as it gets when it comes to thrilling travel expeditions. Climbing Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain peak, found in the Himalayas, is a challenging adventure for even the most experienced hikers and climbers. If you think you may be up for the challenge, remember to come prepared. Mount Everest has claimed the lives of many inexperienced travelers over the years. Bear in mind the weather conditions, possibility of altitude sickness, and terrain challenges Everest holds. If you're well prepared and plan to head up with a team of experienced climbers, climbing this peak can be one of the most rewarding, adventurous, and exhilarating experiences of your life.
Swimming With Deadly Crocodiles in Australia
Since 2008, Crocosaurus Cove Darwin in Darwin City, Australia, has been giving adventurous travelers the opportunity to swim with the world's deadliest crocodiles. Inside the clear glass cage, appropriately titled the Cage of Death, daring swimmers are submerged in the water alongside dangerous crocs. This gripping experience is the closest you will ever get to a deadly crocodile and will really allow you to observe them up-close - if you're up for the challenge, that is.
Bungee Jumping in New Zealand
Kawaru Bridge in Queensland, New Zealand is the birthplace of the bungee jump. At 43m high, this bridge makes for one of the most exciting bungee jumps of all-time, with a heart-racing rush any thrill-seeker will love. For over 25 years, adventure lovers from all over the world have made the visit to Queensland just to get the chance to jump off the historic Kawaru Bridge. If you're looking for an action-packed holiday, the world's first-ever commercial bungee spot might be a good start.
Riding the Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi
The Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi is not your average rollercoaster. It is, in fact, the fastest rollercoaster in the world, reaching a top speed of 240 km/hour. All riders must wear protective glasses, like skydivers would wear, to protect themselves from the high speeds and risk of collisions with anything in the air, even insects, which could harm the eyes at such high speeds. Combined with a drop of nearly 52m, this rollercoaster ride will give any adventure traveler the thrill of a lifetime.
Taking a Jungle Safari in Madagascar
No adventure hunter's bucket list is complete without a jungle safari adventure in Africa. Madagascar is an excellent location to go on safari and experience nature's most majestic wildlife in their natural habitat. On safari, you'll hop aboard an off-road vehicle and travel through the depths of Madagascar's jungle, a truly unique place on earth. In addition to sightseeing and animal-gazing, safari adventure trips can also include other activities like hiking to waterfalls, treks through the rainforest, and desert explorations.
Microlighting in Nepal
Feel the wind in your hair as you fly over the Himalayas in this ultra-light, open aircraft, which seats only two. This tiny plane, with its small powered engine, will send you gliding over some of the most amazing mountains in the world. Drift just atop the peaks and get an incredible view that can only be seen while microlighting. There are few aerial experiences that will give you the chance to sail the skies at ease and leave you feeling free as a bird - and this is one of them.