Warning: Not for the faint-hearted!
Adventure: the word itself evokes emotions of excitement and thrill. You can only experience jaw-dropping heart-racing show-stopping adventure when you pack your stuff and place your backpack on your back to go seek it out – no comfort zones here uh-huh.
Below is a compilation of 6 of some of the most forgotten places that you should visit to feel that rush of energy as it crushes through your body, but most importantly, endeavor to actually visit them- seriously, you’ll be glad.
1. Cliff Jump in Queenstown.
Queenstown in New Zealand has the highest cliff in the world, with a better use for adrenaline junkies- cliff jumping. Cliff jumping is not for your usual Tom and Harry. It’s a tad scary, let’s not lie – it’s scary, so carry your Breckenridge Bourbon to take a shot for that extra boost of courage.
Much as it’s scary, it’s a very fulfilling adventure especially with the breathtaking views you enjoy on your way down. If you need human encouragement to try it out, you still got it. There are usually people there to give you that much-needed morale-boosting.
2. Scuba Diving in South Africa.
Book a date with the deep sea monsters at the gorgeous banks of Pretoria. Scuba diving involves being going into the freezing cold dark ocean to get a closer look at the tiger sharks as well as the bull sharks- your Glenlivet 12 will come in handy believe me.
This is no child’s play; it is for the resilient soul. If you doubt your courage or sense of adventure, the advice is simple; either a shot of Glenlivet 12 or go home. It is an amazing experience, one that makes great granny stories.
Read more: 13 Best Scuba Diving Places in Asia
3. Bolivia’s Mountain-Bike Death Road.
Pack all your motorcycle accessories for this one – you’ll be glad you have them. Rightfully named, this terrifyingly almost entirely downward sloping mountain biking road will make you wish you didn’t crave so much adventure.
Your descent is almost all gravity at work, taking you from thousands of feet up in the mountains down to the Amazon. Even the strongest of hearts faint during their first experience taking part in the mountain bike ride though generally many find themselves back for more action- blame it on adrenaline. It is a 4-5 hour ride, and therefore your safety should not be taken for granted.
4. Indonesia’s Komodo Dragons.
The Komodo and Rinca Islands of Indonesia harbor a one of a kind species of dragons, and the only way you can see them is to travel there by boat – yes, no other means unless you own a yacht.
This journey is very grueling (four days on open sea) which means that you need to make adequate preparations for it including packing ready meals and bottled water to ward off starvation and dehydration.
Though the journey there is rough, it’s all worth it in the end when you set your eyes on these deadly creatures that have dictated the architectural landscaping of the Island for centuries.
5. Wee-hour volcano trekking
You could call this a death trap. Picture yourself being woken up in the middle of the night by your tour guide- about 1 am in the morning to go see one of the most spectacular sights you’ll ever see- because yes, that is what will happen and also it will be a great sight to behold.
It is one of the most daring journeys, but one worth its salt. Generally, you trek Mount Ijen in pitch darkness before descending into its crater to see the blue fires. These are Sulphur flames, and they are dreamy to behold. At dusk, you find your way back up only to find another beautiful sight- the volcano lake that is only visible as the day breaks.
6. The full moon party and fire skipping at Koh Phangan
Crown your adventure journey with a visit to the Koh Phangan in Thailand. Every month a party must go down on this Island, and you are invited! It’s basically a whole night of partying passing around the famous or rather infamous Koh Phangan buckets.
Revelers usually engage in fire skipping, fire limbo as well as diving through hoops that are coated with fire against the locals- the locals usually win. It is the party of parties one that an adventurer should endeavor to attend at least once in their lifetime.
If you haven’t yet visited these places, put them on your bucket list and plan to a visit. It’s a great opportunity for you to meet your fellow adrenaline junkies as well as backpackers. Enjoy every moment.
What do you think guys? Would you include any of these in your bucket list?
Rebecca has been closely studying the travel industry trends from quite some time. Intrigued by the booming growth of this sector, she takes interest in penning down her views providing quality insight on current travel trends and also likes to write about food and beverages, particularly wine.
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