If you’re bored of the ‘fly and flop’ holiday or want to do something truly memorable, these nine adrenaline-fuelled getaways will help you find your next big adventure
What’s your idea of an adrenaline rush?
For a lot of us it could be having a cup of coffee after 4pm or perhaps going out for drinks on a school night – what are we, rockstars? For many others it might be skiing, snowboarding, surfing, sea-swimming, skateboarding or some other physical activity that gets our hearts pumping.
But for a certain subsection of people, their mission in life is to seek out the most electrifying, exhilarating, terrifying and ultimately, life-affirming activities to experience a high like no other.
If that sounds like something you or someone you know would love to do – even once – the experts at Stress Free Car Rental have put together a list of the best spots for thrill-seekers to push themselves to their limits and find the adventure of a lifetime:
This is a good one to get you started.
Located in beautiful Snowdonia, Velocity 2 is the fastest zipline in the world and the longest in the UK. Once strapped in, thrill-seekers can reach 100mph+ as you fly head-first over a deep blue quarry. This exhilarating experience is the closest thing to flying daredevils will ever encounter, leaving you with unforgettable memories forever.
If you’ve ever wanted to be the star of a disaster movie, this could be the one for you.
Driving towards a tornado would be a nightmare for most people, but for adrenaline junkies worldwide, storm chasing gives the ultimate thrill and is growing in popularity. Tours in Oklahoma City offer the chance to pursue twisters and giant thunderstorms using satellite and radar imaging, where winds hit highs of 500km/h and twisters rip through Tornado Alley.
80s kids, this one’s for you. If you were a fan of Crocodile Dundee, this unique experience in Australia could be for you. It allows for the ultimate predator encounter as dare-devils are lowered into the water and left to face ferocious crocodiles. Regular feeding by the crocodile handlers means the crocodiles are close and personal with swimmers in the ultimate underwater adventure. Each to their own.
Climbing Mount Everest is not an option for the majority of us but maybe skydiving over it could be a less arduous option?
This activity combines a dramatic high-altitude skydive with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Those who dare to take the plunge will freefall past some of the world’s highest mountain peaks and land on one of the highest drop zones on the planet. Jumpers will plunge from 29,500 feet, reaching speeds of 130mph as they drop past the snow-capped Himalayas. Now, that’s one for the grandkids.
This terrifying road entices adrenaline-thirsty tourists each year, but it is not an activity to be taken lightly, as one wrong move will see cyclists plunge straight over the edge and hundreds of meters down to their death. This road is known as one of the most dangerous in the world, beginning in the mountains and descending into the jungle. Those signing up to cycle Death Road should do so cautiously.
Sliding down an active volcano is a daredevil’s dream and possible at the Nicaraguan Cerro Negro. Thrill seekers hike to the top of the 2,300ft (701m) peak with wooden boards that they’ll use to slide down. Adventurous should try this one out before the next eruption.
White water rafting in the Eas Urchaidh waterfall on the River Orchy is not for the faint of heart, providing huge rapids, narrow shots and waterfalls to satisfy the adventurous. Boasting some of the UK’s most challenging and technical rapids, it has 6m high Falls, offering the ultimate high-octane experience for thrill seekers.
Tour operators offer crazy adrenaline junkies the chance to trek through the jungle and leap from the world’s highest waterfall. Brave adventurers can leap off the rocky cliff and free-fall into the air from a staggering 979 meters high.
Offering a taste of the high life, this extreme activity entails being strapped to the wings of a plane, handed some goggles, and given the flight of a lifetime. For adrenaline junkies who want to feel like they are flying unaided, this is the perfect and craziest activity to sign up for.