Top 3 Thrill Seeking Locations
While there are many art tours, archaeological sites, gastronomic adventures and honeymoon suites, some people look for a more heart-stopping, panic-inducing getaway. Fortunately, the world gives us wonderful opportunities to flirt with death, from the razor-thin edges on mountaintops to the depths of ocean caves. If this type of holiday is more your style, read on to find out about the top three destinations for thrill-seekers.
Australia is truly a land of extremes. With a rugged terrain consisting of deserts, mountains, and a small corner of rainforest, there is no shortage of outdoor adventures to be had all over the country.
If you’re into heights, you can go base jumping, bungee jumping or paragliding. You can also go zip lining through the treetops in the Otway forest in Victoria. If you’re going to be around Melbourne, check out the opportunities for skydiving at the Melbourne Skydive Center. Though the activities will vary based on which region of the country you visit, you really cannot go wrong with all of the activities Australia has to offer.
Additionally, if you like the water, you can also go scuba diving on the world’s largest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef. Or, you can take it one step further go cave diving at Deep Cavern. Finally, you can get to know Australia’s wildlife through swimming with the massive saltwater crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove near Darwin. Just try not to scream!
Adrenaline junkies should look no further than Peru for the trip of a lifetime. The magical land of the Incas is home to one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the world, the Andes, which hide pockets of history as well as opportunities for adventure.
If you’re up for an endurance test, you can trek to the ruins of Machu Picchu via the 27-mile Inca Trail. The trail snakes over snowcapped mountains and through steamy jungles. On this trail, you can also avoid the crowds of tourists and visit little-known ruins in addition to Machu Picchu, such as Patallacta, Sayamarca and Winay Wayna. Just make sure you book your trek well in advance because only 500 people are allowed on the trail each day.
The world’s tallest mountain is the ultimate thrill-seeker destination. Straddling the Nepal-China border, in the middle of the Himalayas, Everest stands at an elevation of 8848 meters above sea level. With a combination of extreme elevation and dangerous, inhospitable terrain, Everest is certainly an ordeal. If you wish to make an attempt, be warned, as the mountain has already claimed over 200 fatalities since the first successful expedition in 1922.
A Final Word
Many of the activities described here require specialized training and experience. While it’s very possible to take beginning scuba classes, ice-climbing lessons, or to attempt an easier trek, it’s probably better not to try for the first time in these extreme locales. While on holiday, your number one priority should be safety, and the locations listed here have claimed the lives of many would-be adventurers who did not have the proper training. Therefore, it is important to make sure that you receive the necessary training and have the appropriate equipment. You should also get insurance in case of a holiday accident. Those who are carefully prepared can have an action-packed adventure and survive to tell the tale.