The Ultimate Travel Bucket List: 7 Adrenaline Rushes to Experience Abroad
Whether you’re an institutionalized tourist or an off the beaten track backpacker, we all travel to experience different cultures and perspectives. I can spend hours sightseeing, shopping, and museum-hopping while abroad, but at some point curiosity hits and leaves me hungry for more. I travel to experience new things, and while I may never even consider jumping off a bridge back home, I just might gain the courage to do something even more daring overseas. If you’re like me and try to make it a priority to get your adrenaline fix while abroad, then be sure to add the following action-packed activities to your travel bucket list!
1. Swing At The End Of The World in Baños, Ecuador
Located in the mountains near Baños, Ecuador, Casa del Arbol is a treehouse with a rope swing that offers breathtaking views of Mount Tungurahua. It is often called the “swing at the end of the world” because of its incredible view about 100 ft. above ground. If you’re lucky enough to get there when the sun is shining and the clouds have cleared, you’ll be able to witness the beautiful scenery to distract you from the fact that you’re only being strapped in by a thin, withered rope. Not convinced? It only costs $1USD to swing all day long!
2. Bungee Jump in Victoria Falls, Zambia
Named one of the highest bungee jumps in the world, this bridge in Zambia offers a freefall experience like no other. Fling yourself 111 metres above the raging currents of the Zambezi river while taking in the exhilarating views of Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This bungee jump caters to all levels of adrenaline junkies– one may choose the solo jump or tandem jump and may even wish to take the big leap by doing a backflip instead.
3. Skydiving in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
While skydiving is now offered almost anywhere in the world, no place offers a more spectacular view than Dubai. Soar like a bird above the Palm Jumeirah while diving almost 4,000 metres in the air and enjoy the rush of the wind pushing down on your skin. You’ll get 60 seconds of free fall followed by a 5-minute descend, just enough time to take in the magnificent views.
4. Paragliding in Interlaken, Switzerland
Interlaken, arguably famous for its incredible outdoor activities, is primely located in the center of the Swiss Alps. It is known as the “adventure capital” for a reason– this city offers everything from canyoning, rafting, and, most notably, paragliding. Whether it’s summer or winter, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to soak in the panoramic views while gliding as high as 1350 metres in the air.
5. White-Water Rafting in Patagonia (Chile/Argentina)
The Futaleufu river is located in northern Patagonia and earned the reputation as “The Greatest White Water on Earth” for a reason. The picturesque views of the Andean Glaciers and thousands of miles of immaculate rivers makes Patagonia the number one spot for whitewater rafting. Who wouldn’t want to experience the thrill of flowing through the powerful torrents of turquoise waters? Patagonia is a prime location for anyone seeking adventure and, better yet, the river is perfect for all levels of rafting experience.
6. “Rainbow Jambaia” Ascent in Angel Falls, Venezuela
About 19 times higher than Niagara Falls, Angel Falls is inarguably the highest freefalling waterfall in the world. It is located in Canaima National Park and is accessible in many ways, with one of the most daring routes being the “rainbow jambaia” route. This route is the definition of “off the beaten track”, with its participants voluntarily trekking through dense jungles and later climbing miles and miles to reach the peak. If the 3,200 f00t ascend doesn’t cut it and you’re hoping for more of an adrenaline rush, note that this route may take several days, and those who participate camp on the cliffs of the mountain, hanging while they sleep.
Disclaimer: This one is perfect for the serious adrenaline-junkies. I’d like to believe I would actually do this if given the chance, but as adventurous as I’d like to believe I am, it would take a lot of convincing for me to strap on that harness and begin climbing.
7. SkyWalk in Auckland, New Zealand
Looking for the best view of all of Auckland? SkyWalk offers that and more. The Sky Tower stands at 328 metres tall and is the highest building in Auckland. If you’re ever in the city, you’ll definitely want to check out one of their most famous attractions. For a reasonable price, you can spend forty-five minutes walking around and leaning along the edge of the Sky Tower while taking in the panoramic views 192 metres above the city. Talk about a birds-eye view!