10 experiences to make you feel like an adrenaline junkie
Most people spend their holidays at the beach, where they can bask in the sun with a cocktail or two. Maybe they choose to take a cruise or explore some of the trails in a national park. But for adrenaline junkies, a simple Airbnb vacation probably won’t be enough to fill the need for adventure. Adrenaline junkies often find themselves in extraordinary places doing the craziest things and making incredible memories. They crave activities that make them feel scared, excited, and emotionally charged.
So what can you do to feel like an adrenaline junkie? If you like creativity, are impulsive and curious, want to take on challenges, are flexible to change and like spontaneity, these activities could be for you! Here are ten experiences to make you feel like an adrenaline junkie that aren’t overdone.
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ten scuba diving
The underwater environment is rich in animals, plants and minerals. Scuba diving allows you to dive underwater using breathing equipment. But, first, you need to choose your favorite scuba diving destination, ranging from tropical seas to caves to cold waters around the world.
Divers can explore a world where very few have the opportunity. Adrenaline junkies love entering this realm full of mystery and discovery. Although scuba diving training and certification can take time, the benefits outweigh the price and duration of training.
Best spots for scuba diving
- Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: These scuba diving sites are rich in marine life, consist of large types of species and volcanic areas. During the cold season, there are spectacular sights of penguins diving into the water. Here you can also see rock out-kicker, angelfish, iguanas and sea lions.
- Raja Ampat, Indonesia: The site is full of breathtaking diversity. You can see manta rays and dive between islands in The Passage.
- Dumaguete, Philippines: Home to huge schools of fish, manta rays, whale sharks, pristine coral reefs and lush coral gardens.
- Red Sea, Indian Ocean: The best time to go scuba diving is in spring when the waters are warm. In autumn, you can watch manta rays in Sudan and sharks swimming in Egyptian and Sudanese waters. Scuba diving sites are Sharm El Sheik and Ras Mohammed National Park.
A zorb is a large inflatable ball. This may not be popular with most people, but for this activity you will be climbing inside the zorb and then rolling down a slope or body of water. After releasing the zorb on an incline or hill, you’ll find yourself screaming, yelling, and yelling at the top of your lungs. Trips usually last about a minute.
- Zorbing harness: You are attached to a harness inside the zorb.
- Aqua or hydro zorbing: there is water inside the zorb so you can slide inside.
- Football Zorb: Only your head and torso fit inside the zorb, so you can move your legs and run.
Best spots for Zorbing
- Ikawa X-park in Miyoshi, Japan
- Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Canada
- Outdoor gravity park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
- Rotorua, New Zealand
- Zorbinganlange, Germany
Surfing is a must for adrenaline junkies – there’s nothing like feeling the wind in your face as you ride a wave. Surfing requires you to ride the wave while lying down or standing on a board. The best times to surf are early morning and early evening. Several surfing activities include windsurfing, kite surfing, skimboarding, wakeboarding and wave surfing.
The wave surfing activity involves a lot of swimming and paddling as you glide your board in and out of the water. It can take years of practice to surf like a pro, while beginners need patience and a good teacher. Wave surfing involves a lot of upper body work, as you have to get into a standing position on the board when a wave is coming.
Kite surfing/windsurfing will require you to use wind power with a large kite to sail on water or in the sky.
Wakeboarding is an exciting activity that requires you to ride a short board while holding on to a rope attached to a boat.
Best surf spots
- The coast of Oaxaca in Mexico
- Tamarindo beach in Costa Rica
- Weligama, Sri Lanka
- Imsouane, Morocco
- Supertubos beach in Peniche, Portugal
- Raglan, New Zealand
- Bregenz Hechtweg, Austria
- Pantai Batu Mejan (Echo Beach) in Bali
- North Shore in Oahu, Hawaii
Coasteering will require you to explore rocky stretches of coastline to feel like you’re part of the coastline. You can go coasteering all year round, but if you go in winter you will need a wetsuit.
Coasteering activities include walking, rock climbing, jumping off rocks into the sea, and swimming in ravines. Helmets and life jackets should be used to ensure your safety.
Best spots for coasteering
- Crete, Greece
- Gower, Wales
- The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland
- Isla Plana, Spain
- Canary Islands, Spain
Sandboarding is a sport that is practiced on sand dunes. You can sandboard in the desert or on the beach, depending on your experience and ability. Desert sandboarding is more demanding due to the high and steep desert dunes, while beach sandboarding is less demanding and requires a board similar to a snowboard but with a thicker base.
You’ll also want to make sure to bring shoes, a helmet, a scarf, and goggles.
Best spots for sandboarding
- Huacachina desert in Peru
- The Sahara Desert in Egypt
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Pacific Coast of Oregon, USA
- New South Wales, Australia
- Te Paki sand dunes in New Zealand
5 Skiing and Snowboarding
These sports are exhilarating! Like surfing, they combine speed and balance, using snow rather than water. The feeling of weightlessness and flight through the air can be addictive. Although it may take a bit of work to master, these sports are worth learning.
There are different styles to switch things up and make skiing and snowboarding more fun and exhilarating! Skiing styles include military, freestyle, alpine and nordic. Snowboard styles include free carve, freeride, dry slope, jib, rail and freestyle. Shake things up if you’ve ever conquered the bunny slopes by attempting an off-road or backcountry adventure. Or what about night skiing? It’s sure to get the heart racing.
Best spots for snowboarding and skiing
- Lake Louise ski resort in Canada
- Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado
- Sun Valley, Idaho
- Verbier, Switzerland
- Breckenridge, Colorado
4 Cage diving with sharks
Cue the music Jaws! Shark cage diving involves diving underwater in a special floating cage constructed with strong metals that will allow you to encounter the fearsome and most beautiful sharks of the ocean up close.
To add to the pleasure of being in shark-infested waters, cages are placed in waters that have been tamed to attract sharks.
If you find that the cage dives a little too much, you can instead choose to swim with a gentler species: the whale shark. As these creatures can reach nearly 40 feet (12 meters), it can still be a one-of-a-kind experience. For this one, you can head to Isla Mujeres in Mexico.
Best spots for cage diving with sharks
- Tiger Beach in the Bahamas
- Port Lincoln, Australia
- Mossel Bay and Gansbaai in South Africa
- Bluff, New Zealand
- Guadalupe Island, Mexico
3 White water rafting
Rafting is a popular and exciting water sport that you must try! You descend a river with strong currents using an inflatable raft and oars to navigate the waters. This activity is ideal for building team spirit and creating family bonds in the great outdoors.
The equipment required for this activity includes a life jacket, the raft, emergency supplies, hat, safety whistle, gloves, swimsuit and extra clothing. Many choose to travel with a guide to ensure their safety.
Best spots for white water rafting
- Upper Seti River in Nepal
- Jacques-Cartier River in Canada
- Tena, Maca and Puyo in Ecuador
- The Rio Futaleufu in Chile
- Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
2 Bungee jumping
Bungee jumping involves jumping headfirst from a tall structure with the support of a bungee cord attached to your feet. The large structure can be a helicopter, a bridge, a crane or a building. Bungee jumping is for all ages.
When bungee jumping, you use a harness and a bungee cord to make sure you’re safe. All you have to do is enjoy. However, it can be dangerous for overweight people, pregnant women, and people with blood pressure problems. The most suitable time of the year to enjoy bungee jumping is during the summer season.
Best spots for bungee jumping
- Europa Bridge in Austria
- Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa
- Macau China Tour
- Victoria Falls Bridge in Zimbabwe
- Verzasca dam in Switzerland
1 Tandem skydiving
If you are adventurous and want to experience jumping out of a moving plane, this is the sport for you. Tandem skydiving does not require training and beginners will need a professional skydiving instructor. Tandem skydiving has no age limit except in the United States, where the age limit is 18. However, it would be better if you are flexible and healthy. You must wear light clothing such as tennis shoes, a t-shirt and shorts. Make sure your hair is tied back and out of the way!
In tandem skydiving, you jump from approximately 13,100 feet (4,000 meters) in altitude from an airplane, helicopter, or airplane with a parachute on your back. You stay 40 seconds to a minute in the open air before you hit the ground, but you live to enjoy the moment.
Best spots for tandem skydiving
- Oahu, Hawaii
- Grand Rush Adventures in Swakopmund, Namibia
- Swiss Alps in Switzerland
- Santa Barbara, California
- Taupo, New Zealand