After the pandemic kept us trapped in our homes for months on end, a lot of people came out of it promising to live life to the fullest — for some, this means living it on the edge. So, if you’re a newly minted thrill seeker in search of destinations (and activities) that will have your blood racing, we have you covered.
Here are experiences that will excite even the fiercest adrenaline junkies.
1. Shark cage diving in South Africa
Swimming in deep waters already gets the heart racing, now imagine throwing great white sharks into the mix. Shark cage diving is big in South Africa; you get to see the sharks in their natural habitat from the safety of a cage. Experts are on deck as you enter a cage with other people, and you’re lowered into the water. The sharks can’t harm you in truth, but that won’t stop the fear. Going face to face with a shark or two is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
2. Skydiving over Mount Everest in Nepal
There aren’t many better places to seek a thrill than the highest mountain in the world. You’ll find climbing Mount Everest on the checklists of most thrill seekers, but imagine skydiving over it. This activity has become increasingly popular among travellers, and some that have had the experience refer to it as the most elite skydiving adventure. Most people experience Mount Everest from the bottom to the top; experiencing it in reverse is definitely worth it.
3. EdgeWalk at the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada
The CN Tower is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Toronto, and for good reason: The view is second to none. At the top of this building, there’s the EdgeWalk, where visitors can suit up with harnesses and get strapped to the top of the tower. With the guidance of skilled personnel, participants lean off the edge of the tower and face the city of Toronto, providing a view that would frighten and excite most in equal measure.
4. Participate in the Marathon Des Sables in Morocco
This marathon is commonly referred to as the world’s toughest footwalk, so it’s more than ideal for people looking to push themselves to their limits. The Marathon Des Sables, which means the Marathon of the Sands, is a six-day, 254-kilometer marathon that goes through the Sahara desert in the scorching heat. It’s a rigorous and punishing journey that you should only go on if you’re positive you’re up to it. That being said, the feeling of accomplishment when you’re done must be second to none.
5. Surf at Shipstern Bluff in Cape Raoul, Australia
If you’re a surfer in search of massive waves to dominate, look no further than Shipstern Bluff. From giant waves to sharks, there’s a reason this spot attracts the most daring surfers from all over the world. It is regularly called one of the most dangerous surf spots in the world, so remember not to take it too far in your search for a thrill.
6. Go ice swimming In Finland
It should be no surprise that thrill-seeking in Finland involves the blistering cold. Ice swimming has gotten quite popular in recent years. It’s an exhilarating activity that pushes swimmers to their limits as they dive into patches of frozen water that are well below zero temperatures. It’s sure to send shivers down your spine, but this is certainly not for everyone. Do not attempt if your body doesn’t handle the cold well.
7. Ride Takabisha In Fujiyoshida, Japan
Roller coasters are a sure-fire way to make your heart race, but there are not many in the world that do that quite like Takabisha, one of the steepest in the world. This rollercoaster goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 2 seconds, so it’s not like anything you’ve experienced. Try not to pass out when you reach the top.
8. Bungee jump at Victoria Falls in Zambia
In addition to being truly remarkable, Victoria Falls gives visitors an amazing bungee jumping experience. The Victoria Falls bridge is the highest bungee jumping platform in the world, making it the perfect addition to any thrill-seeking bucket list. The sight from the top of the bridge just before you jump is sure to speed up your heartbeat; it’s an amazing experience.
9. Go on snowy adventures in Whistler, Canada
Since 2010, when a lot of events were hosted here during the winter Olympics, Whistler has become a popular location for people seeking an exhilarating adventure in the snow. The activities that take place at this snowy paradise are endless, from skiing to snowboarding to snowmobiling. The conditions here will push you to your limits. I hope you can handle it.
10. Kayak down a waterfall in Washington DC, USA.
Kayaking is probably not what you expected to see on a list for daredevils. Still, it takes a certain amount of courage to go kayaking in a high-pressure waterfall as some visitors do at Palouse Falls in Washington. This waterfall even has pro kayakers thinking twice before attempting its waters. This is a different way to experience a waterfall, one for true risk takers.