Are you an adrenaline junkie? From the world’s highest bungee jump in China, to bear spotting in a raft in Canada, start working your way through BUCKiTDREAM’s insane list of heart-pumping sports activities.
This list is for those dreamers who seek pleasure in the wilder side of life – those who live right on the edge and don’t feel like they’re at 100% unless they’re plummeting, climbing or within spitting distance of the more dangerous elements of nature. Any true thrill seekers will be galvanized by the items on this list, and anyone who wants to dip their toes into more exciting waters may just find them worthy of their ultimate adventure bucket list.
Skydive Over the Vast Lake Taupo in New Zealand When visiting New Zealand, it’s almost obligatory to do at least one skydive and/ or bungee jump. Meet any traveler and they’ll ask, “Where did you do yours?” before you’ve exchanged pleasantries. One of the best and most popular places to take the jump is Lake Taupo in the north island. Here you can take an unforgettable 12-15-foot freefall jump over one of New Zealand’s largest lakes. There’ll be 60-45 seconds of freefall (life flashing before your eyes) but then, the instructor on your back pulls that beautiful cord and up whooshes the parachute (and you with it). Heart rate slows as you float calmly and slowly down to the glorious ground. If you want an extra laugh, pay for a videographer to film your horrified face all the way down.
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Go Sandboarding in the Incredible Atacama Desert in Chile This is an activity you must try when staying in the otherworldly South American desert, San Pedro De Atacama (one of the driest places on earth). If you haven’t had quite enough sand yet, grab a bike, a board, and then cycle out into the glowing sand dunes. You’ll easily find a board to rent in the town for $10, or you can ask for an instructor for around $30. Don’t forget to ask when making accommodations. It’s a very small place, so everyone’s connected, and you won’t need to book in advance. P.S Make sure you bring lots of water – thirsty sandboarding is never fun.
Fly Like a Bird Paragliding in the Dolomites in Italy Take a leap into the air from Alpe di Siusi (the largest Alpine pasture in Europe) and float away as you take in the astounding mountainous views of the famous ski region of the Italian Dolomites. Known as the “Pale Mountains” because of their light grey cliffs, they are considered by some to be some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth. Snow or sunshine, you can paraglide here all year-round.
Kayak Across the Wavy Sea in Cassis, France It might sound like hard work, and it is, but your paddling power will be rewarded later with a visit to a ‘secret’ beach. You’ll also get to enjoy (most likely) sunny blue skies and beautiful views of the rocky scenery in this Mediterranean fishing port town. It’s a tough day’s work, but it’s a truly incredible experience. Depending on your arm muscle mass, consider booking for either a half or full day.
Do the Highest Bungee Jump in the World at Macau Tower in China If you’re going to do it, you might as well make it an especially high one. At 233 meters/764 feet, the jump at this insanely tall tower holds a Guinness World Record for being the highest in the world. Yikes! You’ll freefall before slowing down 30 meters just above the ground, then you’ll spring back up. If that’s not quite thrilling enough, opt for a night bungee.
Climb the World-Famous Sydney Bridge in Australia Don a jumpsuit and join a group of fellow vertigo-battling others in your ascent up the iconic Sydney Bridge. Here you can check out the unforgettable views of the whole city, including one of the most famous performing arts centers in the world, the Sydney Opera House.
Image credit: annak on Flickr
Attempt the Epic National Three Peaks Challenge in the UK Climb the highest mountain in Scotland, Wales and England in just 24 hours. Go with either a self-organized group, or make it a professionally-organized event (depending on how pro you are). The three mountains you’ll be tackling are: Snowdon in Wales (1085m), Scafell Pike in England (978m) and Ben Nevis in Scotland (1345m). We’ll bring the coffees!
Spot Wild Bears from a Boat in British Columbia, Canada This is the place to be if you want to spot a grizzly. Take a stunning rafting trip through the wilderness and stop just short of getting gobbled by a big mama bear. This is a rare opportunity, as many people don’t get to be so out in the open with bears like this.
Phew, still here? Didn’t pass out with the exotic excitement of it all? You’re our kind of traveler! If you’re in need of another BUCKiTDREAM buzz, check out the Ultimate Bungee Jumping Spots In The World and the 8 Best Rock Climbing Locations in The USA.