Some people look for vacations where they can unwind and relax. However, for others, a good vacation is for exciting new experiences, not for spas and lying by the pool. If this is you, you’re probably always looking for new ideas to get your adrenaline fix. There are some amazing vacations for adrenaline junkies. Here are just a few of them.
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- Trekking on Everest. Most of us will never see the summit of Everest, but there are some amazing routes in the region that you can enjoy anyway. Book an organised trek that will take through the Kimbu region for some hard trekking and spectacular scenery. Some routes will take you to the Everest Base Camp, so you can experience this historic place. You can visit Sherpa villages to learn about the local culture and enjoy views of the breath-taking Gokyo lakes, Everest and Makalu.
- Mountain biking around Mount Toubkal. This route starts in Marrakech, then continues along the Atlas Range for some truly breath-taking views. You’ll take on challenging road climbs and fast-paced singletrack descents. This is a unique way to experience a range of cycling tracks, with some amazing scenery along the way.
- White water rafting in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has some great options for a major adrenalin fix. In the Spring, you can raft in the high waters of the Peshtigo River, thanks to the runoff of snow and deep frost. This makes for a very exciting ride through the rapids.
- Snowshoeing in Slovakia. If you want to bring the family on your adventure, then this could be a good pick. The area in the Tatra Mountains offers skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, thermal pools and snowshoeing. Snowshoeing is a fun way to explore the local area and get your blood pumping at the same time.
- Trekking through Borneo. If you love animals, then you can’t beat seeing amazing creatures like the orangutan in the wild. Book a trek through the rainforests of Borneo and see some once-in-a-lifetime sights. While you’re there, stay in a traditional Iban longhouse and learn about the fascinating local history and culture. You can also climb Mount Kinabalu for some incredible views.
- Diving with sharks in Australia. In South Australia’s Neptune Islands, you can get up close and personal with one of nature’s most awesome animals; the Great White Shark. You can dive with these fearsome marine predators in an ocean floor cage dive. As well as the sharks, you’ll also be able to see giant smooth rays, eagle rays and grouper. While you’re in the area, you can also swim with sea lions at Hopkins Island, or take a boat trip to see fur seal colonies in the wild.
- Cycling in Thailand. Join an excursion that will allow you to experience some of the diversity of Thailand, from the rapids of the Mae Taeng River to the ruins of Wiang Kum Kam. Don’t miss the markets of Chiang Mai either. Through a combination of hiking and cycling, you can see some of the wonderful places the country has to offer. Cycle through the countryside, hike through the rainforests and shop til you drop the Chiang Mai’s famous Night Bazaar.
- Explore active volcanoes in Iceland. Iceland has good options for the solo traveller if that’s your thing, as well as trips for groups. While you’re in Iceland, you can climb a volcano crater and find Europe’s most powerful hot spring. See the Gullfoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls and relax from all that excitement in the thermal pools. If the active volcano isn’t enough for you, you can also try out whale-watching, glacier walking and horse-riding.
- Kayaking in Alaska. Alaska is like nowhere else in the world. You can see it with a trip involving hiking, biking and rafting. Kayak along one of Alaska’s rivers, hike over the glaciers and cycle through the mountains. Alaska has beautiful scenery for you to enjoy, and the added thrill of potentially spotting a bear.
- Board volcanoes in Nicaragua. This one is for serious adrenaline junkies looking a truly unique experience. First, you hike to the top of Cerro Negro, an active volcano. From three, hike to the drop zone and then sledge down the side of the volcano at speeds of up to 30mph.
- Cave dive the Great Blue Hole. Found off the coast of Belize, the Great Blue Hole is an almost perfectly cylindrical sinkhole. The sinkhole is over 100m deep and if you dive down, you’ll soon find yourself plunged into darkness. Are you brave enough to face this dark dive?
- Rock climb in Lake Tahoe. If you like rock climbing, then Lake Tahoe is a must-visit. There are lots of different climbing routes to choose from, with over 100 on Big Chief alone. At its peak, Big Chief is 250 foot high.
- Bobsled in Norway. If you want to experience extreme speeds, you need to visit Lillehammer. Bobsled along the Olympic track for a rush you’ll never match.
- Motorbike on the Isle of Man. Motorbiking is a serious sport on the Isle of Man. In fact, the Isle of Man TT is one of the most dangerous bike races around, with 255 riders killed during the race’s history. You don’t have to risk your life in the TT though, as riders can head to the Isle anytime to enjoy the famous roads and get some real riding done.
- Surfing in Hawaii. Hawaii is known for it’s surfing, and there’s nowhere better in the world to do it. If you’re feeling brave take on Pe-ahi. This wave, whose name translates to ‘Jaws’, requires a tow if you’re going to make it onto one of the break’s 120-foot hight giants.
An active trip is a great way to get your adrenaline pumping and to create some memories that will last you a lifetime. Whether you’re looking for an experience to terrify you, like diving with sharks or into a dark sinkhole, or an experience to challenge you, like hiking or kayaking in extreme conditions, there’s a trip for you.