Sick of your 9-to-5 job? Even a weekend trip is not giving you the kick you need in life? Perhaps it’s time to inject some crazy adventure in your travels. Traveling can allow you to experience a new culture and learn about other countries, but it’s also a great opportunity to kick back, go crazy and try something out of your comfort zone. So whether it’s plummeting out of a airplane or rafting through rapids, prepare to face your fears and challenge yourself to the limits with some of the world’s greatest adrenaline rushes.
Shark Diving in South Africa
Ever since the blockbuster Jaws hit movie screens worldwide, the Great White Sharks have gained a reputation as a man-killing machine. Conquer this fear and get a good dose of adrenaline pumping through your veins by trying out shark cage diving in South Africa. One of the more well-known places is called Shark Alley in the fishing village of Gansbaai, just a two-hour drive from Cape Town. This is where – safely behind bars – you’ll get to see these creatures in their natural habitat and also get a better understanding of the sharks through the education of your guides.
Photo by Nellie Huang
Hot Air Balloon Ride over Turkey
You can’t ride a hot air balloon just anywhere. When you brave such fear-inducing heights for an adrenaline rush, you want it to be worth it. Hovering over Cappadocia, Turkey is said to be one of the most memorable experiences for most travelers because of the desert and mountains that create the setting of your flight in the radiant blue skies. The city has unique architecture carved into the volcanic rocks and it is filled with geological formations such as pillars and the Fairy Chimney rocks that sprout up from the ground beneath you and pierce the sky – hopefully not your hot air balloon!
Flickr photo by Dennis Jarvis
Canyon Swing in New Zealand
The two islands that make up New Zealand each have their own draw for tourists: the North Island has its glow worms but for adrenaline rushes, the South Island is where you’ll want to be. There are the typical biking, hiking and kayaking adventures on this island, but for the real extreme, head to Queenstown. This city is known as the adventure capital of the country and one of their signature attractions is the canyon swing. Harness up, step close to the edge and whatever you do, don’t look down.
Flickr photo by Mrs Gemstone
Zip-Lining in Costa Rica
Zip-lining seems to be quite the trendy sport these days. You basically need to wear a harness, and just like rock climbing, hook a carabiner to a wire before letting your body hang. Next thing you know, you’re zipping through the air suspended on a wire hundreds of feet above the ground. One of the most picturesque places to take part in this adrenaline rush is in the eco-centric country of Costa Rica, which has some of the most lush landscapes in the world. Any place is good for zip-lining in this country but the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve sits at the top of our list.
Flickr photo by rfish77
Running with the Bulls in Spain
If you get an adrenaline rush from life-threatening situations, then long-standing tradition of the bull run in Pamplona, Spain may just be what you need. This event takes place during a seven-day festival in the city, which is a five-hour car ride from Madrid. There are streets designated specifically for this event and bystanders anxiously stand on the sidelines to watch the brave people (18-and-older) run from the piercing horns. Participants who get too close for comfort can slip through the barricades along the route or even hop over them. When it comes to this event, the adrenaline really takes over your body and it may seem like it lasts forever, but in reality, the entire running takes four minutes from the gate to the corral.
Flickr photo by LpstkLibrarian
Scuba Diving in the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos islands are one of the last places on this planet that you can truly say you are in the wild. You have to watch where you step because an iguana or crab could be right under your foot, or a sea lion is just lazing on the beach beside you – and that’ s just on land. Head underwater and you’ll be seeing sting-rays, bubble-blowing sea lions, sea turtles, hundreds of colorful fish and even sharks if you’re lucky. Snorkeling and scuba diving in the land that inspired Charles Darwin’s book, On the Origin of Species, is a true adrenaline rush because of the remoteness of these islands and the up-close-and-personal encounters you’ll have with animals that you will hardly experience anywhere else.
Mongol Rally ending in Mongolia
Does driving from one country to the next and to the next in a beat-up car over harsh terrain get your adrenaline pumping? Start your ignition in Europe and find your way for the next 10,000 miles on any of the suggested routes. All you have to do it make it to Ulan Bator, Mongolia within three to four weeks. Your car may break down, actually it is almost certain that it will – and most often, accidents occur - but that’s part of the spontaneous fun of this adventure. You could be stranded in the desert for some time and your nerves will be tested, but if you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll finish the rally.
Flickr photo by holidayextras