Adrenaline junkies alert! Tired of conventional travel, cultural tours and no-thrills vacations? Forget about backpacking through Europe or beach-hopping in Central America. These days, there are plenty of exhilarating activities out there, enough to fuel up your bodies and get your heart racing. Gear yourself up for some wacky adventure as I bring you some of the most adrenaline-filled trips around the world that’s guaranteed to make you feel alive again!
1. Spelunking: New Zealand
Spelunking – also known as caving or potholing – is the thrilling sport of exploring wild cave systems. It might involve lots of climbing, rappelling and crawling depending on how big the space is. In New Zealand, there are plenteous undiscovered underground systems that can make spelunking fanatics go wild. From cave tubing to swimming in an underground waterfall – the Ruakuri Cave and Waitomo Caves are some of the best in the country to explore.
Flickr photo by ccheviron
2. Drag Racing: Australia
If you’d always wished you were a Formula 1 racer, then drag racing might make your fantasy come true. The heart-pumping car race was first started in the US, but now there are plenty of legal racing schools all over the world. Using slick, power-packed racing cars, you’re guaranteed to have your groove on. These schools provide safety instructions, explicit guidelines and familiarization practices. Ken Lowe Race Cars holds schools at Willowbank Raceway in Queensland. Include a drag-racing package in your trip to Australia and you’re in for a fast ride.
3. Shark Diving: South Africa
Imagine getting face to face with the great white shark, inches away from his grinding teeth and massive body. At Shark Alley, near the fishing village of Gansbaai, South Africa, dive operators organize these shark diving expeditions that allow you to swim in a cage in shark-infested waters. The sharks are curious animals and tend to come close to the cage to examine you. It’s definitely going to scare any daredevil out there!
Photo from white-shark-diving.com
4. Dirt-biking: Thailand
In the jungles of Chiangmai and Phuket, there are plenty of adventure tour outfitters that organize activities from dirt-biking to zorbing, off-road buggie rides and paintball. Dirt-biking is especially thrilling along the jungle trails, mud paths and up into the hill tribes. There’s plenty of rugged terrain to ensure even the most experienced riders’ skills are tested but just as thrilling for many is seeing parts of Thailand not seen by most tourists.
Flickr photo by therealneurox
5. Expeditions to Remote Lands: Antarctic
Expeditions to the isolated Antarctic are getting more popular among extreme travelers. These cruises bring curious visitors into the end of the world, where wildly low temperatures and out-of-this-world landscapes await. Expect to spend your time watching penguins, kayaking amidst icebergs and getting up-close and personal with massive ice sheets.
Flickr photo by goneforawander
6. Volcano-Climbing: Guatemala
Walking amidst 300degC lava can be quite a mind-blowing experience especially when you know that the volcano you are climbing can erupt at any minute. Among the active volcanoes in the world, Volcan Pacaya in Guatemala is perhaps the most accessible and popular volcanoes to visit. Within 2 hours of climbing from the base, you’ll have reached the peak, where fumes and red-hot lava surround you.
Reference: Shermans Travel
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