Some people love nothing more than chilling out when on holiday. The idea of a sun lounger, a swimming pool and a cocktail in hand, fills them with joy. Others, on the other hand, are true adrenaline junkies or thrill seeker who cannot sit still and sniff out opportunities to get their blood pumping the first chance they get. We personally fall somewhere in between. We love combining adventure with relaxation and always try to incorporate both during our trips.
True extreme sports enthusiasts will understand the importance of using reputable companies, buying/hiring the right equipment and always having the right level of insurance. In fact, having insurance when travelling is vital regardless of where you plan to go or what you plan to do. Although you should double check your policy as some companies may not cover some activities or destinations. Mr ESLT and I always opt for annual international travel insurance, meaning we only have to sort out the policy once a year and are then safe in the knowledge that all our trips are then covered.
We have put together a list of our favourite thrill-seeking activities together with some that we would love to do in the near future (if our nerves don’t get in the way too much of course).
Sydney Bridge Climb, Australia
Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a must when visiting Sydney and perfect for a moderate thrill seeker. We visited Sydney back in 2014 and it was one of the first things that we did. I prebooked twilight climb tickets as a birthday present for Mr ESLT (even though he’s not great with heights…sorry). We got kitted out with overalls, met our leader and then clipped onto the bridge. The views from the top as the sun was setting over the city are phenomenal and well worth the climb. Coming back down in the dark was a tougher job but one we managed with no problem. It also made the beer we had once back on land taste so much better.
Quad Biking, Egypt
Quad biking is one of our favourite activities when we can visit places that offer it. Quad biking through the Egyptian desert is amazing – nothing but you and your quad and the sand and mountains around you. Mr ESLT and I have also quad biked in Mauritius and Cape Verde. Both very different experiences but both wonderful. In Mauritius, we whizzed through the Yemen natural reserve park, spotting numerous animals along the way. Whereas in Cape Verde, our journey took us along the beach to the Cabo Santa Maria shipwreck on Praia de Atalanta beach in the north of Boa Vista island. We can’t wait to add further destinations to our list.
Glacier Hiking, Iceland
Having visited Iceland and instantly falling in love with the island, it is somewhere we want to return to as soon as possible. One of the main reasons, apart from the amazing hotdogs that can be found all over Reykjavik, is to go glacier hiking. Glacier hiking, Ice climbing and Ice cave excursions can be found all over the country, however specifically at Skaftafell, Sólheimajökull and Reykjavik. Also, because of the weather in Iceland, the excursions are offered all year round not just during the winter months, like maybe you’d expect. Don’t worry if you are not experienced, your guide will be and lead you through the beautiful surroundings.
Bungee Jumping, New Zealand
This is the activity on our list that puts nerves on edge the most. The thought of choosing to jump off a platform or a bridge of my own free will, genuinely makes my heart skip a beat. Although many people that I have spoken to who have bungee jumped once, said they have gone on to do it again or at least they would if they were given half the chance. One of the most popular places to bungee jump in the world is New Zealand, which is actually where bungee jumping began. The Nevis Bungy, located in the Southern Alps near Queenstown is the third highest in the world. Perfect for the ultimate thrill seeker.
Shark Diving, South Africa
Mr ESLT loves sharks. So much so Shark Week is actually his favourite week of the year, forget Christmas. Any TV show, book or film that features a shark, he has to watch or read it. Jaws is his favourite film and his battered copy of the book signed by its author Peter Benchley is his prized position. Therefore, one of the things he has always wanted to is swim with sharks. I don’t just mean Leopard sharks in Thailand. His dream is to be submerged in a cage and come face to face with great whites! Thrill seeker or crazy? His best friend did it in South Africa, which has, of course, sparked Mr ESLT’s desire to do it more.
Hot Air Balloon Ride, Cappadocia, Turkey
Taking a hot air balloon ride at sunrise is one of the most amazing things we have ever done, and I’m certainly not a morning person. We took a hot air balloon ride over the River Nile in Egypt 10 years ago and still to this day I rave about and recommend it to everyone. Therefore if you ever find yourself in Luxor, you really need to check it out. Of course you can take hot air balloon rides numerous places around the world, however, for us, the top of our list is Cappadocia, Turkey. It’s a true bucket list worthy destination. Cappadocia is a semi-arid region, making the views from the hot air balloon above absolutely breathtaking.
Sky Diving, Dubai, UAE
Dubai is another city that’s really high on our ‘must return’ list. The last time we visited, we visited in May. It was a tad too hot to spend a lot of time outdoors. Plus the heat made the sky quite hazy. Therefore, when we return, it will be for winter sun when the temperatures are slightly cooler. I assume that this will also mean that the sky is less hazy and the visibility will be better. It will make perfect conditions for skydiving over Jumeirah Beach. Just imagine seeing The Palms and all the other landmarks Dubai is famous for from above. It is a popular activity in Dubai and a great one for a thrill seeker.
White Water Rafting, Colorado, USA
As a marine pilot, you’d think that Mr ESLT would steer well clear of a boat when he’s on holiday. Nothing could be further from the truth. He and I love a boat trip. I’ll be honest the boat trips we usually enjoy include a leisurely cruise up and down a river, often with a glass of wine in hand, admiring whichever beautiful city we are visiting. If you are a little more adventurous when it comes to boat rides and the water then white water rafting is the ideal activity. The Colorado River is world famous because of its whitewater rapids, making it the perfect place to indulge in an adventure. Also, the scenery here is absolutely stunning.
So, are you a thrill seeker? What activities do you do when you travel to get your blood pumping? We’d love to hear your suggestions. Or simply let us know which one or ones you would like to do and where.
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