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The best travel destinations for extreme thrill seekers

The best travel destinations for extreme thrill seekers

Some travellers look for somewhere to relax or to enjoy the sun on some quiet beach, however for some, this kind of holiday lacks the excitement and adventure they’ve been looking for all year. So here’s a collection of the best travel destinations for extreme thrill seekers that are guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping – either from excitement or that little element of danger.

Extreme rides in Florida

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Perfect for adventurous family breaks, Florida is home to some of the most extreme rides in the world. To get the heart racing you can choose from the magical kingdom of Disneyworld, with its Tomorrowland Indy Speedway and Splash Mountain or the non-stop adventure playground that is Universal Studios and the 335-acre theme park of Busch Gardens. Busch Gardens has many stomach wrenching thrill rides, including the monster inverted steel rollercoaster of Montu and Gwazi, the fastest wooden double rollercoaster in the world. There are several water rides in the park too, including the Congo River Rapids, Stanley Falls and the Tanganyiki Tidal Wave.

Once you’ve exhausted Busch Gardens, then you could always head to the newest addition to Universal Studios, the Islands of Adventure. Described as being the highest tech theme park in the world, the Islands of Adventure gives you the chance to defy gravity and to experience the world’s first inverted dual rollercoaster. Oh and there is even talk of a proposed Orlando ‘Thrill Park’ which would offer a huge collection of the scariest rides in the world – watch this space.

Gorilla trekking in Uganda

There’s nothing more thrilling or spectacular than a chance to see last remaining gorillas in the world. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is one of the most sought after experiences in the world and unlike any other experience in Africa. Head to either Mgahinga Gorilla Park; a beautiful park and a component of the Virunga chain of towering volcanoes or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an atmospheric trek with tonnes of mystic thrown in! Wonderful!

Dangerous driving in Bolivia

Road of Death Bolivia

A holiday to Bolivia may seem pretty harmless, and in most cases it is. That is unless you plan to take a drive from the Bolivian capital of La Paz to the town of Coroico via ‘The Road of Death’. This 38-mile stretch is the most dangerous road in the world, and has held that title since 1995. The road follows the equatorial forest zone and is a single lane which hardly ever exceeds 3.5 metres in width. The road is especially treacherous during rainy days as, even though it’s paved, after some rain the road just becomes a dirt track. The route is less travelled by vehicle these days, but if you’re looking to travel along it for the experience, you should look to take the journey by cycle or foot.

Safaris in Kenya

Boon Lott Elephant Foundation

Kenya is home to a large variety of animals, from the cute and cuddly to those that will have you doubting your position on the food chain. Kenya is a beautiful country, which is considered by many as the ‘Jewel of East Africa.’ The country is awash with some of the most outstanding beaches that Africa has to offer, with pure white sands and coral reefs. It’s home to over 50 reserves and parks, from desert and mountains to forests and marine parks, each having its own selection of different safaris to choose from. And it’s not only Kenya’s wildlife that’s so diverse; its population consists of over 40 different tribes, each with their individual way of living. If its adventure you’re after then consider a safari in Kenya.

Conquering mountains in Nepal

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Asia is home to the Himalayas and with that the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. The peak offers extreme mountain climbing opportunities as well as intense ski slopes, however, at 8,848 metres high, you’ll have to be well prepared and be willing to apply your greatest survival skills, as the mother of all mountains has been both kind and treacherous throughout the years. And if you’re looking to conquer the summit, make sure you’re up to the challenge by properly preparing yourself with the correct training and equipment.

Exploring the jungles of Brazil

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From the largest mountain to one of the longest rivers, the Amazon has its fair share of perils combined with astonishing beauty, which attracts forever more adventurers from around the globe. At just over 4,000 miles in length, the Amazon River is the fastest flowing river, accounting for around one-fifth of the planets total river flow. For those looking to enjoy the wildlife, the river along with the Amazon rainforest is home to more than a third of the world’s species, just watch out for the alligators if you choose to set out on the waters though. Plenty of jungle adventure tour companies operate out of Manaus, the main city of the Amazon with a surprisingly large population of 2m people.

Michael Anderson

Ever since he was knee-high to a grasshopper Michael has always been a sucker for an adventure. As a kid he was lucky enough to live for many years in some exotic far-flung locations and since then he’s developed a taste for new cultures. So much in fact he now travels the world as a trading digital nomad, exploring the sizzling street markets of Bangkok to yoga retreat dotted Sri Lanka and everything in between! He also has a special fondness for exotic cuisine and fine wine and definitely knows his clarets from his chiantis. He counts Cuba, Tanzania, Amsterdam, Laos and Cambodia as his favourite destinations.


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    3 August, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Some awesome and original things on that list but you are missing one vital destination, New Zealand! It’s my home and has some pretty crazy activities like zorbing (rolling down hills inside giant balls) and the shotover jet (jet boat through narrow canyons and performing 360 spins).

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    1 July, 2011 at 11:20 am

    This is absolutely going to be on my list! I want fun filled thrilling adventure all my life. This list helps a lot! Thanks.

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    6 June, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I have been working up to become a travelling seeker of thrills and all things exciting and your post has certainly given me a few new idea’s outside of bungee jumping!:-)

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    22 May, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I would like to think that I am an extreme thrill seeker and would love to do all of these things on your list! But deep down inside I know I’m a chicken! hahaha I would try to do a few of them though 🙂


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