As modern technology improves, the number of unique and exhilarating activities on offer increases. Just last weekend I was flyboarding in a quarry and over the past few years I’ve been fortunate enough to try some pretty out-there sports, such as volcano boarding, white-water sledging and even flying a stunt plane.
Although it can be scary to put yourself out of your comfort zone, a lot of these sports are really enjoyable, good for your fitness are bound to earn you respect among your friends and followers. Here are some of the best around the world.
BUNGY JUMPING IN QUEENSTOWN
Queenstown, New Zealand, has picked up the moniker of ‘Global Adventure Capital’. Bungy jumping is just one of the thrilling sports you can try there and you’re really spoiled for choice. Overlooking the city centre, there’s a ledge you can try any number of stunts from. They tie you around the waist instead of the feet so you can flip in midair if that’s your thing. Nearby is the first commercial bungy jump from the Kawarau Bridge, as well as New Zealand’s highest, the Nevis. You can also try canyon swings, as well as a whole host of other adrenaline sports such as skydiving and jetboating from Queenstown.
EXTREME CANYONING IN CROATIA
Cetina River in Croatia is well-known as a place for extreme canyoning. The route includes a river with high-rising canyon cliffs, a waterfall that drops 50 m and crystal clear pools filled with deep water. The entire stretch is about 2 km long and the activity includes trekking, swimming, sliding down rapids and rappelling next to the waterfall.
There are professional licensed guides to help train you and you can rent all of the required equipment. Use self-catered accommodation as your base so you can go off on daily adventures throughout the country.
SANDBOARDING IN CHILE
The Atacama Desert in Chile is popular with travellers who wish to try sandboarding. The valley is named Valle de la Muerte, which translates to ‘Valley of the Dead’ and some of the dunes are as tall as 120 m. The Atacama Desert is surrounded by snow-capped volcanic mountains and contains stunningly colourful sands and geysers. Combine your tour with an evening watching the sunset in the Valley of the Moon, with a pisco sour in hand.
While you’re in Chile, you could also check out the Torres del Paine. The W trek is one of the most incredible hikes on the planet.
INDIAN TIGER SAFARI
The world’s tiger population continues to face challenges due to loss of habitat and poaching. India is a great place to see wild tigers and there are more tigers there than anywhere else in the world. There are 39 tiger sanctuaries across the country. Tigers are notoriously shy animals, but you can enjoy tours with guides who are experienced in tracking them.
When you’re organizing your holiday to India, you should book with an ethical travel company to ensure that your holiday will have a positive impact on the local area. While on safari in a four-wheel drive, you may see wild boars, leopards, deer, wild elephants, large snakes, peacocks, cranes and many other kinds of jungle life.
SURFING IN COSTA RICA
Costa Rica is a fabulous place for surfing and you can find great waves on both the Pacific and Caribbean coast. The best time to go is from April to October. Tamarindo and Playa Guiones on the Pacific coast are great for newbies, as there are board rentals on the beaches and lessons are available too. Playa Bonita on the Caribbean side has some excellent surf camps as well.