8 of the World's Most Extreme Travel Activities

09 Sep 2019

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Travelling is an adventure all of its own. The chance to experience new places, cultures, and lifestyles is a journey of discovery that you'll remember for a lifetime.

Sometimes, though, it's fun to add an extra shot of adrenaline into your travel mocha.

That's why we've been hunting down some of the most white-knuckle experiences from across the world. Many adrenaline sports require you to have serious training to participate. However, these intense experiences are some of the most extreme travel you can have as a complete beginner. No experience required!

Simply strap on your helmet and throw yourself into these unique thrill rides.

Bungy jumping in Queensland

Australia is well-known as a paradise for thrill-seekers, and North Queensland is one of its most exciting regions. AJ Hackett in Cairns is a world leader in thrill rides and one of the innovators of modern bungy jumping - make sure you pay them a visit.

Rock climbing in Yosemite

Alex Honnold's rope-free ascent of El Capitan has renewed interested in Yosemite's climbing scene. If you'd like to learn the art of climbing amongst some of the world's most iconic and beautiful peaks, this is the place to do it.

Experiencing Red Force in Salou, Spain

Red Force is Europe's tallest roller coaster. Need we say any more? Strap in for the ride of your life at Salou's Ferrari Land at PortAventura- only a few miles outside of Barcelona.

Paragliding in Ellmau, Austria

The mountains of Ellmau are beautiful no matter where you view them from. For thrill-seekers like you, however, there's only one way to see them properly - from the air! You can tandem paraglide with an instructor or do a beginners course to become a pilot yourself.

Swimming with Great Whites in Port Lincoln

The Great White Shark is both beautiful and terrifying. You'll experience a new level of primal fear as these amazing creatures swim casually past, only an arms-length away. You'll be thankful for the cage, that's for sure!

Fire Limbo in Ko Pha-ngan

We hope you're feeling flexible. Fire limbo is a classic pastime at Ko Pha-ngan's full moon party and especially exhilarating after a few cocktails on the beach. Always make sure there is a team of professionals on hand in case you're not as bendy as you thought.

Riding the L2 at Wörgler WasserWelt, Austria

This waterslide is one of only two in Europe to feature a double aqualoop. It's not for the faint of heart, dropping thrillseekers from a vertical platform so they can gather enough speed for the two inversions. It's an absolute blast, though! Make sure you drop into Wörgler WasserWelt when you visit Salzburg.

Ice climbing in Bovec, Slovenia

The gorgeous mountains of the Triglavski National Park are often overlooked by travellers on their way to Italy from the north of the continent. That's a mistake, especially if you're something of an adrenaline junkie. The park is a haven for outdoor pursuits, the most thrilling of which must be ice climbing adventures in the winter months.

For more amazing adventures across Europe and the world, take a look at our fantastic Adventure Planner tool and build the trip of a lifetime.