Adventure Sports to do Whilst Traveling

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All over the world you can enjoy a range of extreme adventure sports. Here are a few you may care to look up:

White Water Rafting in India:

India is becoming increasingly popular for those who enjoy riding the rapids. The best time of year to visit is September to October, and April to May. Rishikesh, Ladakh, Tons, Kundalika River, Ganga River, Sikkim, and Alaknanda River are the seven most popular areas for rafting.

Bungee Jumping in New Zealand:

As the first country to have organised commercial bungee jumping 28 years ago, it would be remiss not to include it here. Today you can still jump off the famous Kawarau Bridge, Queenstown, where those first jumps took place.

Swim through te underground rivers in Mexico

Find your way through caves, mangroves and meet pink flamingos while swimming in crystal clear water in Xcaret, Mexico. The underground rivers are one of the amazing adventures and activities at Xcaret Park in Playa del Carmen, perfect for solo travelers or families. 

Rock Climbing in America:

From the UK to Europe, New Zealand to Thailand, there are crags to suit beginners and experienced climbers all over the world, but nowhere more so than America. The rock formations in Kentucky, Colorado, California, and many other states, will test your climbing ability to the full.

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Skydiving in Switzerland:

For the adrenaline rush of skydiving, combined with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, skydiving at Interlaken has to be considered. Leaving the aircraft at an average 13,000 ft, (in tandem with your instructor), views across snow-capped mountains to Germany and Austria, France and Italy, have to be seen to be believed. In common with most things Swiss, your whole skydiving experience will be organised with total precision.

Paragliding on Tenerife:

Paragliding is another activity sport which can be tried almost everywhere you choose to holiday. But, if you fancy jumping off the highest point in Spain, Mount Teide on Tenerife, take a day out on your next holiday to the island. Using a dual harness your experienced pilot will gently guide you to the landing area, while you snap some great photos for the holiday album.

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Helicopter Rides UK:

While we’ve picked places from around the world to highlight your first taste of activity holidays, there are plenty of places right here in the UK where activity holidays for all ages can be tried on short weekend breaks.

Forget about those big commercial aircraft which take you to your chosen holiday destination. Your first ride in a helicopter will open a whole new chapter in your love of flying. There are many companies offering helicopter flights all over the UK from many small independent airports.

For the more adventurous, there are businesses which provide paragliding and skydiving courses right up to your first solo flight. Other companies and flying clubs up and down the country offer flying lessons to learn how to fly gliders, powered aircraft, and helicopters, and gain your private pilot’s license.

On your next holiday, whether in the UK or further afield, leave the bucket and spade behind, and consider trying something a little more adventurous.


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