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.
For more travel tips to India read:
- The Best Places to Visit in Bangalore in One Day
- 10 Stunning Places to Visit in Nainital, India
- Palace On Wheels Review: A Luxury Train Trip in Rajasthan and Agra, India
As the first country to have organized 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 – New Zealand, where those first jumps took place.
For more travel tips to New Zealand read:
- New Zealand trip costs: prices and money-saving travel tips
- 24 Hours in Wanaka: things to do and where to stay
Swim through the underground rivers or go surfing 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.
If you find yourself on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, grab your swimming suit and hear to Sayulita town in Riviera Nayarit. This beach town is the perfect location to learn surfing and you will be surprised by the number of things to do in Sayulita.
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. If you also like hiking, check out these amazing hiking trails in Northern California.
You can find more travel tips to The United States here!
Skydiving in Switzerland:
For the adrenaline rush of skydiving, combined with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, skydiving at Interlaken, Switzerland has to be considered. Leaving the aircraft at an average of 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 organized with total precision.
For more travel tips to Switzerland read:
- Switzerland trip costs: how much you need to travel and how to save money
- What to do in Lucerne – The ultimate travel guide
- The best Summer in Arosa: what to do and where to stay
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.
You can find more travel tips to Spain here!
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 that 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.
Don’t forget to read these guides to the United Kingdom:
- How much does it cost to travel to the UK? Prices and daily budget
- A day in London: what to do and see
- Brighton day trip: things to do, eat and see