There’s something totally liberating about being away from your home soil! People always say “live in the moment”, “enjoy each day like it’s your last”… but realistically who actually does that around their studies or 9-5 routine?! When you’re travelling these clichés suddenly make sense and become a way of life, rather than overused phrases that everyone aspires to do but somehow can’t manage. When it’s just you and your backpack, far, far away from home you can live in the moment, bask in the freedom and do things that would seem overwhelmingly ridiculous in ‘real-life’! Check out 10 of the best extreme travel adventures in the world!
Skydive – Australia
Sky-diving isn’t exclusive to any part of the world, but Australia has some awesome spots! The above jump happened in Wollongong (close to Sydney) but we would also recommend the Mission beach skydive (near Cairns) freealling 15000ft with views of the Great Barrier Reef! If you manage to keep your eyes open and aren’t too busy swearing you get to check out amazing views from a bird’s eye view.
World’s highest cliff jump – Queenstown, New Zealand
If you’re going to do a cliff jump, it might as well be the highest one in the world, right? On top of a healthy dose of adrenaline, you can expect amazing views and plenty of other travellers to help you pluck up the courage. If you need a little inspiration, you can watch what happens when we challenged a group of travellers staying at the nearby Nomads Hostel in Queenstown to take the plunge.
Full Moon Party + Fire Limbo – Koh Phangan
Surviving Koh Phangnan’s Full Moon Party is an achievement in itself! If you manage to swerve the lethal buckets, mushroom shakes and an island full of pumped-up lunatics then you’re winning. If you’re totally fascinated with fire than the temptation to outdo the locals at fire limbo, fire skipping or diving through a fire coated hoop, is too much to wrestle with. It’s easy to get carried away and think you have super human powers and can beat the ultra-bendy Thai men. Blame the buckets!
Surf in Jeffrey’s Bay – South Africa
Surfing and travelling go hand in hand… If you’ve been out roaming the earth and ended up in a beachy town then you will have probably given surfing a go. It isn’t scary, like some of the other experiences but I can see why it might be. The oceans are often so big and murky looking from the shore and even from the board you can get moments of ‘I wonder which creatures are looking up at me, thinking hmm tasty’. Ok, I’m talking sharks again. These creatures were around millions of years before humans. We all know the fact: more humans die from coconuts landing on their heads than being attacked by sharks. I loved surfing in South Africa’s Jeffrey’s Bay (made famous by cult surf film Endless Summer) but you are thrashing around like a cute seal in the shark’s domain. Check out this pro-surfer video in J-Bay. But, there is nothing more thrilling then catching a wave for the first time!
Water Rappelling – Costa Rica
Some say repelling and some say abseiling… it’s both the same thing and involves dangling, or majestically bouncing down a rock face. Water-rappelling is nearly identical but you bounce Spiderman style down waterfalls. If you watched Bear Grylls putting celebs through their paces on Celebrity Survivor then you’ll have seen Costa Rica’s finest water-rappelling sites. You do get a little practice go and can be done with no prior experience at all! Whilst you’re in Costa Rica you may as well have a go on Latin America’s longest zipline (1.5km) and check out the rainforest superman style as you are clipped to the zipline by your back.