There’s no better way to escape the monotony of the work week, lift your spirits and experience a natural high than throwing yourself into an activity that reminds you you’re really alive! Maybe you know you’re looking for something new and exciting, but you aren’t quite sure how to go about it? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here are some of the best adrenaline activities around the world.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular adrenaline activities -and hopefully a few you’ve never even heard of- to get you in the mood for adventure! And keep in mind that while these activities are exciting because they feel dangerous, in reality they’re actually some of the safest sports out there – so don’t let fear stop you.

Take to the skies

When ancient man dreamt of machines that could one day allow us to travel with all the freedom and grace of a bird, it probably didn’t cross their minds that people would enjoy throwing themselves out of them quite so much! The human obsession with the power of flight has been around for millennia, and we’re lucky enough to have born into an era when we can enjoy it like never before. Here are a few spots famous for their aerial adventures…

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Tandem paragliding in Cape Town, South Africa

Unlike skydiving where you jump from a plane, paragliding allows you to launch off naturally from a high point, and slowly descend back to earth – usually at the base of the mountain you started from. And there’s arguably no better spot on the planet than Cape Town’s beautiful Table Mountain to choose as your starting point! With tandem paragliding, you are accompanied by an experienced pilot to keep you safe while you take in the majestic scenery. Once you’re feeling comfortable enough, they’ll let you take over the controls if you want to. They even offer a unique 3D virtual reality camera option so you’ve got a recording to really impress your friends back home with!

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Two adventures in one – skydiving Mount Everest, Nepal

If you’d like to tick two items off your bucket list at the same time, then this is the way to do it! You’ll need to be pretty fit though, as it takes about 11 days of trekking to reach your destination on the side of Mt Everest, after which you will be lifted to the appropriate 23,000 foot height by helicopter for your jump! Tandem jumps and solo jumps are available, and you’ll experience a few thrilling seconds of total free-fall before you open your chute for a more relaxed descent. This is great way to experience the beauty and mystery of Sherpa country rounded off with one hell of a bang!

Take to the water

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White water rafting the Grand Canyon, USA

While the USA has plenty of excellent white water rafting spots, it’s pretty hard to beat the sheer majesty of the Grand Canyon as your backdrop! This is an excellent choice for a weekend getaway, as you can throw in some hiking and enjoy the local wildlife for a day before you hit the rapids. You can even enjoy an exciting helicopter ride through the gorge to get a bird’s eye view of this world famous attraction.

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Kiteboarding in Nabq Bay, Egypt

Also known as sky boarding or kitesurfing, kiteboarding is almost like surfing with wings! Aside from being bucket loads of fun, it’s also a great form of exercise – so if you’re lucky enough to live near the ocean, this can be an excellent and adrenaline packed alternative to the gym! If you’ve never experienced it before, then Nabq Bay in Egypt is probably the best place to start.

With relatively flat and shallow waters because of the surrounding reefs and minimal interference from tides, the wind here tends to blow at a steady 20 knots year round, meaning you’ll have endless opportunity to hone your skills. The area also boasts some stunning snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities if you’d like to head below the waves too!

Take to the trees

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Rainforest zip lining in the Amazon

Producing an estimated 20% of the world’s oxygen, the Amazon is a precious place, and by supporting sustainable tourism in the area, you can do your bit to ensure its survival for future generations. And aside from all that – zip lining the canopy of the world’s most famous jungle is a magical and breathtaking experience that you’ll be talking about for years to come.

Whether your kind of adventure takes place in the skies, underwater or high in the treetops, you’ll always be glad you threw a bit of adventure into your life!

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  1. Holy cow trek 11 days to reach your destination on the side of Mt Everest, and then you’ll be lifted to the appropriate 23,000 foot height by helicopter for your jump?!? That sounds like crazy effort to paraglide by I get what you mean by killing 2 birds with one stone. I would love to do that!

  2. So many beautiful impressions and inspirations! I don’t even know which one I should do first, but I guess I would start with the Rain forest zip lining. But also the Skydiving in Nepal must be an absolute unforgettable experience. Actually all of them, which makes it so hard to decide 🙂
    Very nice ideas for 2018, Katie!

  3. I am an adventure enthusiast and that’s why I loved reading this blog. I agree with you. I have this constant hunger for adventure as it makes me feel alive. I have heard that Cape Town is gorgeous. I can imagine why it is a much popular destination for paragliding.

  4. OK i have to be totally honest Katie that I don’t want to try any of those things! I am sure they are exciting if you are into adrenaline sports etc but i prefer my feet on the ground! If I had to do any of them I think ziplining is the most appealing!

  5. I would like to admit that I am no adrenaline junkie. I prefer to relax and unwind on my travel/vacation. But the idea of paragliding has always intrigued. Not sure how to conquer that one with my crippling fear of heights. Oops!

  6. I love your beautifully written list of adrenaline activities to do around the world! Please sign me up for all five of them! 🙂 Seriously, though, each of those adventures sounds amazing! I’ve been wanting to do rafting at the Grand Canyon for a while, and of course I’d love to visit Mount Everest, Nepal. But what’s even better than visiting Mount Everest? Doing tandem or solo skydiving off the side of Mt. Everest after eleven days of trekking! What an incredible, but rewarding adventure that would be! Zip lining in the Amazon, paragliding in Cape Town, and Kiteboarding in Egypt don’t sound too shabby either!

  7. Ziplining in the Amazon sounds pretty awesome actually! Also, your picture of paragliding in Cape Town gives me serious wander and adventure lust 🙂

  8. Out of all these activities I have only tried two: ziplining and water rafting. However, I didn’t go so extreme, even though the zip line I did was a series of 6 over a fort in India, at some very high drops. Rafting was fun, but I took the kids package as I was too scared to fall in the water, haha. Needless to say I was the only one screaming while the children in the boat were laughing at me. I don’t know if I will ever have the courage to paraglide or do a tandem jump, with my fear of heights 🙂

  9. Thanks for this post Katie, this is totally up my alley 😀 The kind of stuff I love to do around the world. I went paragliding once and am luckily not afraid of heights, and I also skydived in New Zealand. While I visited the Himalayas only briefly at their outskirts in Northwest India, I can’t wait to go back. Neither have I been to the Amazon, and ziplining it would surely be crazy exciting. I just only always want to make sure that these activities do not harm the immediate environment with their necessary infrastructure…

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