Ready to spice up your travel life? Check out these adrenalin-inducing adventures that are making into the bucket lists of daredevils all over the world.
The World’s Deadliest Hike
Mount Huashan in Xian, China is one of China’s five sacred mountains. It is also home to the ‘World’s Deadliest Hike’. This cliff edge mountain climb takes adrenalin junkies past steep drops, vertical climbs and narrow stairs – often with little more than a chain to hold onto. The infamous ‘Plank in the Sky’ is the most popular stretch with adventurous tourists. With just a plank of wood to walk on at 5,000 feet in the air, this is sure to get your heart rate going.
The Devil’s Pool
The Devil’s Pool is a natural rock pool at the top of the Victoria Falls in Zambia. During the dry season between September and January, thrill seekers arrive in droves to splash around just a few feet from where the River Zambezi plunges more than 100 metres into the gorge below. The really brave take the plunge and let the cascades hurtle them towards the falls, until the rock lip brings them to a halt, while the water gushes over the edge around them.
The World’s Most Dangerous Road
The World’s Most Dangerous Road (or WMDR for those in the know) just outside La Paz in Bolivia attracts adventurous cyclists from all over the road, who flock here for the 64km near-continuous downhill riding. The road rules state that the uphill driver has right of way, meaning downhill cyclists must move to the outer edge of the road – which is just 3.2 metres wide for the most part, with cliffside drops of up to 600 metres. Add in muddy and foggy conditions during rainy season and rockfalls during the summer months, you know you are in for a bumpy ride.
Swimming with sharks is so last season – this year it is all about swimming with crocodiles. Visit Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin, Australia to have the opportunity to spend fifteen minutes with some of the world’s largest saltwater crocodiles. Climb inside the ‘Cage of Death’ and come face to face with the aptly named Chopper, as the 5-metre long beast feasts on chunks of meat thrown to him by the handlers.
The World’s Highest Bungy Jump
Imagine if you could combine the world’s highest urban climb with the world’s highest bungy jump. Well you can at AJ Hackett Macau. Start with the Tower Climb – a 100-metre climb up the Macau Tower mast’s vertical ladders, to the very highest point in Macau at 338 metres. Even the AJ Hackett adrenalin-seeking crew rates this experience as one of the scariest activities they’ve done. Once back on the platform, jump the World’s Highest Bungy, and free fall for 200 metres, before rebounding at around 30 metres from the ground.
These adrenalin-filled destinations are not for the faint-hearted. If you think you’ve got what it takes, go ahead give it a run! You won’t be disappointed.
Marianne Rogerson is a freelance travel writer and mother of two energetic children. Formerly the Singapore “Local Expert” for USAToday.com, she has written for numerous publications and continues to travel the globe, proving that having a family is no barrier to travel. Follow her on Mum On The Move.