Does the thought of repelling down a mountain make your heart race in a good way?
If so, you might be ready for the adventure of your lifetime.
Now, remember that adventure is relative. What’s adventurous to some may seem boring to others. So when you’re looking for something thrilling, start in the layer that sits just beyond your comfort zone.
This list, however, contains five adventurous things that would be impressive to anyone. If they don’t get your heart pumping, you might want to check to see if you have a pulse.
And for the most part, you don’t need any special skill to tackle any of these adventures. Simply plan a day, hop in the car, and go.
Let’s get started.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
The adventure of going on a hot air balloon ride isn’t quite like any of the other thrills on this list. So much of the heart-thumping action happens on the ground as you’re anticipating the ride. As you start your ascent, you’ll find that it’s quite a gentle ride. And when you’re up in the air, you’ll feel like you’re gliding like a graceful, albeit huge, bird.
To get the best experience, you’ll want to choose a scenic area with large areas of flat, open ground. Napa Valley is an ideal spot for hot air balloon rides.
Diving with Sharks
Scuba diving, in general, is a great adventure, but if you want to up the ante, there’s no better way than adding a massive apex predator. Don’t worry. You’re already in the water, so no one will know if you have an accident.
You can even control the level of danger (i.e., excitement) by choosing the type of shark and dive. You can free dive with whale sharks or cage dive with Jaws (great whites).
Either way, you’re going to want to take this adventure in an area where the water is crystal clear. Not only will you get the most out of your experience, but you’ll have some peace of mind in knowing you can see these beautiful predators at any time.
Polar Bear Plunge
In America, you’ll usually find a Polar Bear Plunge to raise money for charity. In Canada and the Netherlands, it’s an event that takes place on New Year’s Day every year. Adventurous Brits take the Polar Bear plunge on Christmas day.
So what is the Polar Bear plunge, and what does it have to do with adventure? Well, try running into ice-capped water when the outside temps are freezing. That’ll jumpstart your heart for sure.
Naturally, this activity isn’t for everyone. If you have heart problems or other major health concerns, you may want to skip this plunge.
Bungee jumping has become so popular that it almost seems banal. But if you’ve ever done it, you know that it’s impossible to avoid the thrill when you’re suspended by a cord and bouncing above the earth’s surface.
Bottom line: don’t underestimate this adventurous activity.
And the good news about bungee jumping being so popular is that it’s available virtually everywhere. There’s even a good chance that you’ll find a bungee jumping experience in your town or the closest city.
If you want to take it to the next level, try an intense jump like the one over the Nevis in the Queenstown, New Zealand area. Spoiler alert: It’s an 8-second freefall over a gorge. The experience is beautiful and terrifying at the same time.
If you’re looking for an activity that requires some level of athletic ability, consider sandboarding. Sandboarding is a bit like snowboarding, but the experience is quite different. You’ll have an easier time sandboarding if you can snowboard, but you’ll quickly find that sand and snow are extremely different.
Here are the tips before you embark on your journey:
- Make sure there’s a service vehicle in the vicinity for any emergencies
- You’ll need enough endurance to walk back up the dune after each glide down
When the call for adventure finds your number, there are plenty of activities you can try to get your thrill on. Try any of the five on this list to start. You can take each of them from entry-level to the extreme, depending on what you’re after.