Adventure holidays are becoming increasingly popular among the new age tourists. What was before considered as activities for adrenaline junkies, skydiving and bungee jumping now is on the bucket lists of many. If you are new to adventure activities, then the best way forward is to start small. Start with trekking and cycling, and then slowly move on to activities like rock climbing and paragliding. Consider yourself a certified adventure tourist when you finally get the taste of skydiving or bungee jumping. To help you prepare your very own travel bucket list here’s our list of adventure holiday activities and the best places to experience them.
This is definitely not for the faint hearted. Ever seen the movie ‘Golden Eye’ where James Bond bungee jumped over a huge dam. Well believe it or not you can do the same; the dam is in Switzerland and is called the Verzasca Dam. The dam is open to tourists looking to recreate the Bond jump, and is the world’s highest commercial bungee jump.
The seconds before you jump off the plane to experience your first skydive, can be one of the most exhilarating experiences of your lifetime. There are many places spreading all across the globe where you can take your first dive. However, New Zealand sees the most action in terms of sheer number of tourists indulging in the sport. Also known as the skydiving capital of the world, New Zealand attracts more than 30,000 tourists from all over the planet. Considering their vast experience in handling tourists, this is probably the best place to start.
With countless destinations offering kayaking as part of their holiday packages, its probably one of the most loved adventure activity. If you are bored of the kayaking options available nearby and looking for something a bit more exhilarating, head to Glacier Bay, Alaska. You can paddle away in midst of icebergs as the sea is filled up by 10 glaciers. With tour boats operating regularly, you have unrestricted access to kayak any where you please. Adding to the beauty of the place, the sea is surrounded by gargantuan snowclad mountains. This makes kayaking through it an unforgettable experience.
Featuring in most adventure holidays, trekking is probably the best way to experience a place. It’s also the most popular adventure activity, because of its relative simplicity. Probably the most popular destination in the world, the trek to Everest base camp is also one of the toughest in the world. The three-week trek takes you through some of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the world. Be sure to hire ‘Sherpas’ or local mountain guides, as they know the safest and the most spectacular routes leading up to the place.
Apart from these activities, you can also get a taste of rock climbing, paragliding, zorbing and many more. Each of these has its individual thrill factor and fun. So go ahead and start planning your adventure holiday. Who knows you might just get to see the world in the process. However, before you head off be sure to read reviews about the safety record of the tour operator.