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Swimming with sharks is dangerous at best, unless it is with nurse or whale sharks.  But swimming with others such as blue sharks or other dangerous types can involve some careful maneuvering in the water.  Some expeditions use cages to protect their customers but others such as some expeditions out of Africa invite you to swim right with these carnivores without anything between you and them but water and a wet suit. 

10 of the best places in the world to swim with sharks according to Conde Nast Traveler:

  • Maaya Thila, Maldives
  • Beqa Lagoon, Fiji
  • Cat Island, Bahamas
  • Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico
  • Guadalupe, Mexico
  • Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Tiger Beach, Bahamas
  • Cocos Island, Costa Rica
  • Fish Rock Cave, Australia
  • Gansbaai, South Africa

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BMX racing action photo (Sainte Maxime - France - 23rd April 2005 - First round of the 2005 European BMX Championships) - By Fabrizio Tarizzo - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


White water rafting is a white knuckled, heart-pounding race from beginning to end.  First tried on the Zambezi River in 1981, it has been broken down since into five grades of rapids, with five being the highest.  One of the most well known spots in the U.S. to try this is down the Colorado River, but hang on to your raft, for there are lots of rocks, waterfalls, and rapids!

 Riding a longboard in Los Angeles, CA -  By Corster686 - Self photo in neighborhood with camera on tripod, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Triathlon photographs from the Chinook-Half-Ironman Calgary Alberta Canada, June 23 2007. more photos of the race visit - By JKrabbe at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Naudefj using CommonsHelper., Public Domain, photographs from the Chinook-Half-Ironman Calgary Alberta Canada, June 23 2007. more photos of the race visit

A snorkeler amid corals on a coral reef near Fiji - By Masato Ikeda - Flickr, CC BY 2.0,

Free climbing near Cologne, Germany. - CC BY-SA 3.0,

Jump from Nevis Highwire Platform in New Zealand - By Che010 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Spelunking or caving can involve anything from walking to climbing to rappelling down shafts.  You will have to pick the adventure that suits you.  But once you have seen a magnificent cave such as Mammoth Caves or Carlsbad in the United States, you might just become hooked!

10 best places in the world to go spelunking according to iExplore:

  • Caving Adventures -
  • Rumors Resort -
  • Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia Borneo
  • Gouffre Berger, France
  • Ape Cave, Washington
  • Actun Tunichil Muknal, Belize
  • Hölloch Caverns, Switzerland
  • Dan yr Ogof, Wales
  • Mammoth Caves, Kentucky
  • Echo Caves, South Africa
  • Bohol, Philippines 


101 Adventures For the Adrenaline Junkie


Everyone in snow country went out after the Olympics and made a bobsled run when they were little.  We had ours in our back yard on the hill where our garage eventually was built.  So who wouldn’t want to zoom down an ice covered track on a sled as an adult?  This sport will allow one to go at speeds of up to 90 mph.  But be aware, this is another unforgiving sport with only a helmet and the bobsled to protect you. 

Luge and skeleton provide no shelter, as there is no protection from crashes except your helmet.  It is the closest thing to getting on that sled when you were young and taking your chances down a hill.

10 best places in the world to go bobsledding / luge / skeleton

  • Rainforest Adventures -
  • Viator – Jamaica Bobsledding Tour -
  • Responsible Travel -
  • Prague Tours Direct -
  • Excursions in Jamaica -
  • Whiteface Lake Placid -

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  • Travel Quest -
  • Costa Rica Waterfall Tours -
  • Vergel Tours -
  • Expedia -
  • Viator -
  • Trip Advisor -
  • Trip Zilla -
  • Bermuda -
  • Godspeed Adventures -
  • Trip Advisor -


Downhill skateboarding is hair-raising enough, but they have been modified into longboards, which have longing decks, wider axles and softer wheels, which allows them to reach higher speeds and create a greater thrill.  Helmets and special gloves are worn to protect in case of spills, which are often when just getting started.

10 best places in the world to go downhill skateboarding or longboarding according to Smartly Reviewed:

  • Col de Turini – Italy
  • Seoul – South Korea
  • Titan’s Path – Norway
  • Malaga – Spain
  • Red Hill – Simons Town
  • Malmo – Sweden
  • Albuquerque – New Mexico, USA
  • Cuesta de Lipan – Argentina
  • Vulkanradweg – Gedern Germany
  • San Francisco, California, USA

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Extreme canoeing is very much like whitewater kayaking in as much as the canoes are specially made to withstand the dangers of the rapids and respond to the handler’s commands.  But don’t try to do this without the proper training, practice or guide, as some of these rivers are surprisingly dangerous.

10 best places to canoe in the US according to The Weather Channel:

  • Cumberland Island, Georgia
  • Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
  • Bois Brule, Wisconsin
  • Upper Iowa River, Iowa
  • The Ozarks, Missouri and Arkansas
  • The Everglades, Florida
  • Glacier Bay, Alaska
  • St. John River, Maine
  • Colorado River, Arizona
  • Rogue River, Oregon

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10 best places in the world to go whitewater rafting according to National Geographic:

  • Alsek and Tatshenshini Rivers, Alaska/Canada
  • Magpie River, Canada
  • Middle Fork, Salmon River, Idaho
  • Río Upano, Ecuador
  • Futaleufú River, Chile
  • North Johnstone River, Australia
  • Sun Kosi River, Nepal
  • Çoruh River, Turkey
  • Noce River, Italy
  • Zambezi River, Zimbabwe/Zambia

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Western River Expeditions -
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Alaska, Canada and the northern European countries are known for their dog sledding.  But do you know there are many other places such as the northern states of Minnesota and New York that have snow trails for dog sledding fanatics?  Dog sleds are hooked up to 4 to an unlimited number of dogs via harnesses with tug lines.  Races vary, but the most well known is the Iditarod, a distance of 1000 miles from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska pulled by 12 to 16 dogs.

10 best places in the world to go dog sledding according to Gap Year Escape:

  • Norway
  • New York
  • Alaska
  • Greenland
  • Sweden
  • Minnesota
  • Iceland
  • Finland
  • Wyoming
  • Canada

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Photos from National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma show staff and instrument chasing tornadoes during the first VORTEX project from 1994-1995. Graham, Texas - By NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) -, Public Domain,


Motorcycle racing is an exhilarating sport and with over twenty racing types, there is something for almost everyone.  The Motorcycle Grand Prix is the premier category of motorcycle racing and is what many people follow.  But if you want to do any racing yourself, you have to get out on a bike and hit the road or track.




Freediver with monofin, ascending - By (or aquaxel) - File:Apnea monofin.jpg, CC BY 2.0,


Living in the Midwest part of the United States, we don’t need to chase storms because they come to us.  This past June, we had 10 tornadoes in our area in one day, which ties the old record, one taking out a local park and the brick marquee in front of the high school.  Luckily no one was hurt, but there were many stories in class the next day.  So if you are longing for the magnificence of nature or just love the adrenaline rush of a storm, this type of vacation is for you.​

10 best places in the world to go storm chasing according to Travel and Leisure:

  • Tampa Bay, FL: Hurricanes and Lightning
  • Lausanne, Switzerland: Hail and Thunder
  • Great Plains, USA: Tornadoes
  • Iceland: Volcanoes and Northern Lights
  • Bangkok, Thailand: Monsoon, Tsunamis, and Cyclones
  • Rockland, ME: Fog
  • Southwestern Sweden: Blizzards
  • Namibia: Sandstorms
  • Barcelona: Waterspouts, Flash Flooding, and Hail
  • Sydney: Southerly Busters
  • British Columbia, Canada: Wave Swells
  • Guam: Typhoons
  • Antarctica: Blizzards

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Standup paddleboarding in light surf. - By A.belloc - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Triathlon is a three-part race, and although there are many different combinations of disciplines, the most popular involves swimming, bicycling and running.​

10 best triathlon races to run in the USA according to Complete Tri

  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon - St. Petersburg, FL,
  • Austin Capital of Texas Triathlon - Austin, TX
  • Escape from Alcatraz - San Francisco, CA 
  • Mountain Man - Flagstaff, AZ
  • Door County Triathlon - Egg Harbor, WI 
  • New York City Triathlon - NYC, NY
  • Brewhouse Triathlon - Duluth, MN
  • Lake Lure Triathlon - Lake Lure, NC
  • Nautica Malibu Triathlon - Malibu, CA
  • Lobsterman Triathlon - Freeport, ME

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  • Storm Expeditions Unlimited -
  • Tempest Tours -
  • Silver Lining Tours -
  • Storm Tours -
  • Tornadic Expectaions -
  • Ultimate Tornado Tours -
  • Cloud 9 Tours -
  • Extreme Tornado Tours -
  • Storm Chasing USA -
  • PSD Storm Tours -
  • Tornado Alley Chasing -

BASE Jumping from Sapphire Tower, Istanbul. - By Kontizas Dimitrios - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Our music instructor in high school was very much into ultralight aviation and as my father was a pilot of small planes as well, our family kept tuned to what was going on in the airplane world.  Ultralights are small planes that have fixed wings and an ultra light frame, hence the name.  These planes account for a significant amount of privately owned planes in the world.  Who wouldn’t want to fly one of these little buzzers if they had a chance?


A traceuse vaults an obstacle. - By Marco Gomes from São Paulo, Brasil - Poliana, CC BY 2.0,



Tour Companies:

  • Rei Adventures -
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  • RMI Expeditions -
  • Altezza Climbing and Safari -
  • Jagged Globe -
  • Alpine Ascents -
  • Mountain Trip -
  • Adventure Consultants -
  • RMI Expeditions -
  • Devils Lake Climbing Guides -
  • SYMG - Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides -
  • Mount Kilimajaro Tours -
  • Mountain Madness
  • Perfect Spot Lisbon -
  • On Top Mountaineering -
  • ​Outward Bound -
  • The Colorado Climbing Company -
  • Red River Adventures -  
  • Devils Lake Climbing Guides 
  • Zion Adventure Company  
  • Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides -
  • Cliffhanger Guides -
  • Mountain Skills Rock Climbing Adventures -
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  • Mountain Madness -
  • Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides -
  • Swiss Mountain Guide      


Motostunter - By Motostunter at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons using CommonsHelper., Public Domain,


Zip lines are usually part of an eco-tour and allow the rider to see the scenery from the tree level or above.  The passenger is suspended in a harness from a line suspended above the ground that is on a decline.  After the ride has begun, the rider streaks down the zip line reaching speeds of up to 50 miles per hour and up to 600 feet above the ground! Definitely an adrenaline rush!​

10 best places in the world to go zip-lining according to Seeker:

  • Icy Straight Point, Alaska
  • Gravity Canyon, New Zealand
  • Arenal Volcano Park, Costa Rica
  • Labadee, Haiti
  • Whistler, British Columbia
  • Flight of the Gibbon, Thailand
  • Simatai, China
  • Hocking Hills, Ohio
  • Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship
  • Sun City, South Africa

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A windsurfer tilts the rig and carves the board to perform a planing (or carve) jibe (downwind turn) close to shore at Maui, Hawaii - By Merryfrankster at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., Public Domain,

Tour Companies:​

  • Pegasus -
  • The Kalon Experience -
  • The Perfect Wave -
  • Rancho Santana -
  • Trip Advisor -
  • Panda Travel -
  • Pata Sudaka -
  • Awera Resort -
  • Surf Holidays -
  • Book Surf Camps -

Wet weather freeride downhill on a Landyachtz Evo longboard, Bo Peep hill, UK, 2012 - By The1keith - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,


This is a sport in which a person gets inside a large transparent plastic ball and rolls down a hill or around on a flat area on land or water.  One person may ride a zorb or more than one.  The first zorb originated in New Zealand, but now can be found all around the world.
Tour Companies:

  • The Original Zorb New Zealand -
  • Travel Quest -

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Abseiling using a belay device. By Jarek Tuszyński - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Airmen of the United States Air Force, assigned to the 720th Special Tactics Group, conduct a free-fall parachute jump - By 720th_STG.jpg: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julianne Showalterderivative work: Sémhur (talk) - 720th_STG.jpgThis Image was released by the United States Air Force with the ID 071003-F-PT489-181 (next).This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information.বাংলা | Deutsch | English | español | euskara | فارسی | français | italiano | 日本語 | 한국어 | македонски | മലയാളം | Plattdüütsch | Nederlands | polski | português | Türkçe | українська | 中文 | 中文(简体)‎ | +/−, Public Domain,

Zip-lining in Costa Rica - By Khaufle at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,


There are three different types of skiing.  Downhill or Alpine Skiing involves being pulled to the top of a hill usually via a ski lift and making your way down by traversing the hill through the powder, Nordic that involves cross-country and ski jumping, and Telemark, which involves racing with special skis that have detached heels. If you enjoy the cold powder of snow on your face and a face paced sport, you will like skiing.

The top 10 ski resorts in the world according to Snow Magazine:

  • Revelstoke, Canada
  • Meribel, France
  • Riksgransen, Sweden
  • Alyeska, Alaska, USA
  • Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Whistler, Canada
  • St Anton, Austria
  • Telluride, Colorado, USA
  • Murren, Switzerland
  • Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

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  • Gorilla Safari Company -
  • Abercrombie and Kent -
  • Encounter Africa Safaris -
  • Natural Habitat Adventures & WWF -
  • G Adventures -
  • Gorilla Tours -
  • Natural World Safaris -



Volcano boarding seems to be one of the most extreme adventures as it involves racing down the side of an active volcano using a wooden toboggan and just your heals to steer and break.  Speeds of up to 55 miles per hour can be reached, if you dare.


Preparing for the climbing section at an adventure race (Adrenaline Rush) in Scotland. - By James Heilman, MD - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that uses small rock formations and boulders to climb in.   The climber generally uses no harness or ropes, but does use specialized shoes and chalk for the hands to secure hand and footholds, and a bouldering mat to prevent injuries.  So if you like indoor rock climbing, this sport is the next step in your pursuit of adventure.

5 best places in the world to go bouldering according to the Travel Channel:

  • Bishop, California
  • Fontainebleau, France
  • Rocklands, South Africa
  • Squamish, British Columbia
  • Horse Pens 40, Alabama 

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Coasteering is another multi-disciplinary sport that involves climbing, swimming, diving, scrambling, diving and walking.  In this sport the sportsman makes his/her way down a rocky coast by whatever means possible, but without the aid of any watercraft.  It is very popular in Wales, because of their coasts, but you can do it anywhere that you find a suitable place. So if you like to hike along rocky shores, this sport may be for you.

7 places in Wales to go Coasteering according to Visit Wales:

  • Holy Island, Anglesey
  • Llyn Peninsula, North Wales
  • Abereiddy, North Pembrokeshire
  • South St. Davids Head, Pembrokeshire
  • Stackpole South, Pembrokeshire
  • South Gower, West Wales
  • Glamorgan Heritage Coast

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Tour Companies:

  • Absolute adventures -
  • Epic Ireland -
  • Skye Adventure -
  • Viu Aventura -
  • Cornish Rock Tors -
  • Wild Atlantic Way -
  • Jurassic Park Activities -
  • Experience Mallorca -
  • Adventure West -
  • Adventure Activities -
  • Hillary Outdoors -
  • More Active Tours -

Kilian Jornet, during his winning run at the 2008 Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc - By Pierre Thomas - Salomon, GFDL,


In kneeboarding, one uses a motorboat to pull the boarder as in water skiing, but instead of using skis, a finless board is used and the boarder is on his knees, strapped onto the board. 


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Zorbing at the Chew Stoke Harvest Home September 2010 - By Rodw - Own work, Public Domain,


This is another offshoot of surfing that began in Hawaii.  Instead of riding the waves, in Stand Up Paddle Boarding, the sportsman stands on the board and uses the paddle to propel himself through the water. 

10 of the best places to stand up paddle board according to the Travel Channel:

  • Hawaii
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • The Bahamas
  • Whistler, Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Key West, Florida
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Redondo Beach, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Black Canyon, Nevada
  • Lake Tahoe, California

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Snorkeling with stingrays at Stingray City in the Caymans was just as amazing.  Once we had gotten out to where they were, the stingrays danced and played around us for about 45 minutes.  Sliding through my hands, they felt like the wet chamois that I had used in throwing clay pots.  My biggest regret of the day was a dead battery just as we got in the water.  So my amazing memories had to remain in my head.

Snorkeling has been by far the most exhilarating and freeing sport I have ever tried and is something I can continue to do despite my age and health issues.  I have snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, the Belize Reef, Roatan, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, several places in Mexico, (One that is now my "happy place".) the Dominican Republic and I will be in Hawaii on Oahu and the Big Island in 5 weeks.  My October travel blog will be devoted to my experiences there with my bestie Linda Alcorn.

Fishing piranha on the Ucayali River - Public Domain,


I don’t know how safe this is, but if you are hooked on the rush of adrenaline, this might be at the top along with bungee jumping.  Canyon swinging involves securing a rope to a canyon ledge so that one can swing down through a canyon.  If you watch this website, you will get the idea… World's Most Insane Rope Swing Ever!!! - Canyon Cliff Jump - YouTube


Hang gliding is probably the closest thing to soaring like a bird that one can find.  This type of “plane” involves an open harness with no motor to propel it.  The flyer gives the glider a running start and pushes off from a high spot using only his body and feet.  Although hang gliding was considered unsafe, it has become increasingly better with training and use of a parachute.

10 best places in the world to hang-glide according to Trips to Discover:

  • Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Interlaken District, Swizerland
  • Kahului, Hawaii (
  • La Jolla, California, USA
  • Fethiye, Turkey
  • La Torre, Valle de Bravo, Mexico
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Magaliesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Queenstown, New Zealand​

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Abseiling or another name for rappelling, involves lowering oneself down a rock face or cliff with the help of a rope.  This extreme sport is not for the faint of heart or people who have a fear of heights.

10 of the best places in the world to rappel according to Mpora:

  • Table Mountain – Cape Town, South Africa
  • The Lost World - Waitomo, New Zealand
  • The Stratosphere Hotel – Las Vegas, USA
  • El Capitan – California, USA
  • Snowdonia National Park – Snowdonia, Wales
  • Namtok Than Rattana – Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
  • Titlisgletscher – Engelberg, Switzerland
  • Son Doong – Vietnam
  • Moab – Utah, USA
  • Hotel Presidente – La Paz, Bolivia

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This sport usually involves a guide or person leading one up the stairs of a bridge to its top.  A better view of the local city, you just cannot find!

5 of the best places in the world to bridge climb

  • Sydney Harbor Bridge
  • Brisbane Story Bridge climb
  • Auckland Bridge Climb
  • Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
  • Tower Bridge, London

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This sport is a combination of surfing, windsurfing, gymnastics, paraglide and wakeboarding.   Kite surfers use a power kite, which uses the wind to propel them across the surface of the water, while using boards specially designed for this sport.  Kite surfing is great for areas that are always windy. 

10 best places in the world to go kite surfing according to Planet Kite Surf:

  • Antigua
  • Barbados
  • Peru
  • Tanzania
  • Cape Verde
  • Morocco
  • Sardinia
  • Canary Islands
  • Capetown, South Africa
  • Mauritius

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  • Kitesurfing Holidays & Learn To Kitesurf -
  • Kite Worldwide -
  • Kitesurf Vacation -
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  • Planet Kitesurf -
  • Perfect Spot Lisbon -
  • Sportif Worldwide Sport Holidays -
  • B Stoked –
  • Zephyr Tours -



Includes activities like supercross, motocross, freestyle motocross.


Although street racing isn’t legal, drag racing schools and vacations are.  If you like the adrenaline rush of speeding down the back roads, (Shhh!  We won't tell!) this vacation is for you. 

10 Best Vacations for Car enthusiasts according to Jalopnik:

  • Rally school
  • The Goodwood Festival of Speed
  • The 24 Hours of LeMons
  • The 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • The Tail of the Dragon 
  • Indiana's Museums and the Woodward Dream Cruise
  • Southwest Germany and the Nürburgring
  • The Stelvio Pass to Monaco
  • Pikes Peak to the Bonneville Salt Flats
  • Touring Northern Italy

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  • Viator -
  • Pelimatkat -
  • Siegi Tours -
  • Expedia -
  • Orbitz -

Kitesurfing in Boracay, Philippines - By Anastasia Zhebyuk - User: (WT-shared) Dandaka at wts wikivoyage - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Those who are in love with heights and still don’t get enough of them during the day can camp on the face of a cliff at night.  This is not a sport, per se, but to get to a good camping spot is… Perhaps this is how it began.  Below are some of the places around the world that climbers frequent for a good night’s sleep.

10 of the best places in the world to go cliff face camping according to Outside:

  • Yosemite Natiional Park - El Capitan, Half Dome, Washington Column  and Leaning Tower.
  • Blow-Me-Down, located in Newfoundland’s Devil Bay
  • The Dolomites - Don Quixote, the north wall of Cima Grande tower
  • Norway’s Troll Wall - Swedish, Raspberry Dream, and Troll’s Wife.

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A powerbocker - By Pagenfairie - Own work, CC BY 3.0,


  A whitewater kayaker running a class III rapid on the James River in Richmond, Virginia - Public Domain,


For those who have been mesmerized by the mountain gorilla and its habitat will have a very narrow area to chose from.  In fact, the gorillas are found only in the a few countries and are seriously endangered.   However, the best place to see them is still in Volcanoes National Park, in Rwanda where Dian Fossey did her ground-breaking research featured in the movie, Gorillas in the Mist and Uganda.

10 of the best places in the world to see gorillas according to Wanderlust:

  • Nigeria
  • Cameroon
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon
  • Angola
  • Congo
  • Central African Republic
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda
  • Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Trip Advisor -
  • The perfect Wave -
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  • Perfect Spot Lisbon -


10 best places in the world to snowkite according to Tripping:

  • Big Hole Valley, Montana
  • Camas Valley, Idaho
  • Great Meadow – Klamath Falls, Oregon
  • Lake Dillon, Colorado
  • 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Skyline Drive- Fairview, Utah
  • Simplon Pass – Simplon, Switzerland
  • LangJokull Glacier, Iceland
  • Banff – Alberta, Canada
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  • The Kite Bar -
  • Kitty Hawk Kites -
  • Swiss Snowkiting School -
  • 365 Expeditions -
  • Alma Arktika -
  • Italy Dolomites -
  • Utah Snowkite Center -

Guy Robinson - Wakeboarding Method grab - By Riley Bathurst - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, /w/index.php?curid=11803085

Space tourist Mark Shuttleworth - Public Domain, tourist Mark Shuttleworth


Freediving is diving without the use of any breathing apparatus, such as an oxygen tank.  This may look easy, but it is full of hidden dangers such as nitrogen narcosis when diving too deep and coming up too fast or passing out from lack of oxygen.  So make sure that you have the proper guidance and always dive with a partner.  If it is done properly, it can be a beautifully freeing and exhilarating experience!

10 best places in the world to freedive according to Scuba Diving:

  • USS Kittiwake — Grand Cayman
  • Big Animals — Antarctica
  • Gardens of the Queen — Cuba
  • M/S Zenobia — Cyprus
  • Dean's Blue Hole — Long Island, Bahamas
  • Gulf of Mexico — Louisiana, United States
  • Ras Mohammed National Park — Egypt
  • Riviera Maya — Mexico
  • The National Diving and Activity Center — United Kingdom
  • Lake Päijänne — Finland

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  • Rainforest Adventures -
  • Viator – Jamaica Bobsledding Tour -
  • Responsible Travel -
  • Prague Tours Direct -
  • Excursions in Jamaica -
  • Whiteface Lake Placid -

 Claire Lutz kiteboarding - By Gilles naz - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Surfing - By "Mike" Michael L. Baird, CC BY 2.0,


Those who dream of being a daredevil will most certainly be drawn to this type of vacation.  Stunt vacations are the closest most people will get to being on a real set of a movie and being part of the action.  This type of adventure often offers many types of stunt with which to choose from.  At the end of the day, you will have a trill of a lifetime, and if you ask someone to take a video, a memory that you can replay time and again.

Thrillseekers Unlimited, Las Vegas, Nev.
Covert Ops Fantasy Camp, Tucson, Ariz.
Incredible Adventures, Somerville, Tenn.
Movie Stunt Experience, Nerang, Australia
Adventure Sports Holiday, United Kingdom
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European Personal Watercraft Championship in Crikvenica- By Roberta F., CC BY-SA 3.0,

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta - By NotFromUtrecht - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, 

Bossaball court. The white areas in the center are the trampolines - CC BY-SA 3.0,


If you are not a big fan of winter and the cold, but still like the feeling of boarding, then perhaps try kite boarding.  This sport uses a board, a kite for catching the wind, water, and a fair amount of wind for propulsion.

10 best places in the world to go kite boarding according to Tripping:

  • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Nabq Bay, Egypt
  • Maui, Hawaii
  • Jupiter, Florida
  • Cumbuco, Brazil
  • Cabarete, Dominican Republic

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Course du BOC 2010 - By Larivière Orga - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Huntair Pathfinder Mark 1 ultralight - By No machine-readable author provided. Arpingstone assumed (based on copyright claims). - No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on copyright claims)., Public Domain,

Recreational scuba diver. - By Soljaguar - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Climbing mountains has always been one of the most revered sports and Mount Everest tops the list.  However there are plenty of other mountains in the world that are worthy of accolades.  Mountain climbing can be as easy as my trek on three mountains in Austria, or as life threatening as Annapurna.  If you are serous about climbing mountains, be safe and use a guide.

10 best places in the world to go mountain climbing according to National Geographic:

  • Mount Khuiten, Mongolia
  • Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • The Andes, Peru
  • Mount Everest, Nepal
  • The Matterhorn, Switzerland
  • Mount Elbrus, Russia
  • Cilaltépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, Mexico
  • Denali, Alaska
  • Annapurna, Nepal
  • Damavand, Iran

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17-year-old Toronto skier Chantal Singer slaloming at the 2012 Canadian National Waterski Championships in Calgary, Alberta - By Chantalduboisadam - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


If you are a fan of sailing but afraid of the water, you may like this sport.  Sand yachting aka land sailing has been around for a long time, hundreds of years in fact.  But the modern version is still a thrill a minute.  Sand yachts are wheeled vehicles with a sail to catch the wind.  Usually used in a flat area such as a beach or salt flats, sand yachts are part of competitions around the world.

I am not what one might consider an adrenaline junkie.  Far from it.  Although I have never been drawn toward the risky sports or activities, I have taken part in some of the lesser, more adventurous ones when I was younger.  In my teens and twenties, I enjoyed water skiing, body surfing, mountain climbing, downhill skiing, and in my 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and now 60’s it has been exclusively snorkeling.  I have considered ziplining, but until they can make a patch that can calm my fear of heights or reverse the aging process, I won’t be attempting it any time soon or in this lifetime for that matter!

However, travel is for making memories and one of my best memories was the day our German Semester Abroad group caught a cable car and took off for the top of the Untersberg Mountain, which is just outside of Salzburg and decided to walk down.  The hike took us two hours and included paths through mountain peaks, 45-degree grades down hill through brush and trees, cliffs hundreds of feet high, with ropes to hold onto and breathtaking views.  When we finally reached the bottom, I remember the rush of excitement (yes, and adrenalin) and pride I felt for what I had just accomplished. 


In recent decades, land sailing has evolved into a sport, shown here on the beaches of Quend, Bay of Somme, France. FAL,

  Dan Hall and Rob Parker in the Lea Extreme Race - By Chris Fox - Photographed at the eventPreviously published:, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Parasailing in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - By Echasketch123 at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., Public Domain,

Wingsuit formation flight over a coast - By Richard Schneider from Los Angeles - Ocean Wingsuit FormationUploaded by FAEP, CC BY 2.0, w/index.php?curid=23614636

Physicist Stephen Hawking on board a reduced-gravity aircraft in 2007 - By Jim Campbell/Aero-News Network - /, Public Domain,


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Windsurfing is perfect for anyone who loves the sea. It's the sport you want to play if you love to sail and surf.

10 best places in the world to go windsurfing according to Planet Windsurf:

  • Langebaan, South Africa
  • Dakhla, Morocco
  • Sal & Boa Vista, Cape Verde
  • Cabarete, Dominican Republic
  • Lac Bay, Bonaire
  • Gostoso, Brazil
  • Sotavento, Matas Bay, Corralejo, Fuerteventura
  • Pacasmayo, Peru
  • Orient Bay, St. Martin
  • Mui Ne Bay, Vietnam

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​​​Next month I will be writing about beautiful places around the world.
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​​​ Happy travels! Ciao!  😎

Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes Grand Prix - Grand Prix du Canada - Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve - 7 juin 2015 (Photo Paul-Émile Poulin-Jacques)  - By Veilleux79 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,


As if someone doesn’t have enough to worry about with skydiving, this sport attaches a surfboard to the feet of a skydiver and he performs surf-style tricks during the free-fall.

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Two powered paragliders in flight. - CC BY 3.0,

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Snorkeling is the greatest sport on the planet, for me at least.  It allows me to visit my favorite place; the beach and see the beauty of nature.  The fish and soft coral of the sea perform a united dance as the rhythmic movements of the waves urge them along.  The one thing the snorkeler must be careful about is loosing track of time when out enjoying this sport.

10 best places in the world to snorkel – My picks

  • Belize, Belize Barrier Reef
  • Cayman Islands, Stingray City
  • Roatan, Honduras
  • Palau, Indonesia
  • Big Island – Hawaii
  • Great Barrier Reef – Australia
  • Bali
  • Fiji
  • Maldives
  • Spain



is a kind of wave surfing. But instead of surfboard u have a rectangular piece of hydrodynamic foam.

Shape of board depends on riding style, and rider himself. Wiki says that bodyboarding is fastest growing extreme water sports all over the world.

15 best places in the world to body board according to Surfer Today:

  • England - Porthtowan
  • Portugal - Nazare, Peniche
  • Spain - Mundaka
  • France - La Graviere
  • Africa - Durban's North Beach
  • Australia – Duranbah, South Stradbroke Island, Port Macquarie
  • USA – Hawaii Sandy Beach, Newport Beach, CA, Lido Beach, New York
  • Mexico - Pasquales
  • Brazil - Itacoatiara

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A boarder sliding down Cerro Negro, Nicaragua - By NicaPlease - Own work, CC0,


If you are a Polar Bear and love the cold, then this sport is something you would probably love.  Ice divers dive into the frigid waters of places like Antarctica to see the beautiful winter wildlife including seals, whales, and a cacophony of marine creatures.



If rock climbing is not challenging enough for you, then try free climbing.  This is done when climbing without anything other than a climbing harness and a safety rope that has been anchored securely (Let’s hope!) into the rock one is climbing. 

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A snowmobile tour at Yellowstone National Park. - By (NPS Photo), uploaded by en:User:Great Scott. -, Public Domain,


This is something that most everyone can try.  I was introduced to it when I was about 5 years of age and watched as my uncle and his friend skied on a local lake.  Later, I enjoyed in on the bay side of Lake Michigan with friends.  It involves being pulled by a towrope by a speedboat.  So if you have strong leg and arm muscles and enjoy water on a sunny day, this sort of trip might be interesting to you. 



This sport is for the serious biker.  So if you are one that likes to get your adrenaline high on a bike, take a van, cable car, or plane to the top of a mountain and fly down over rocks and tree roots, and past trees.  If you are less advanced, take the road down, it will still give you a thrill a minute!

10 best mountain biking parks in the world according to World Bike Parks:


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Hang glider just after launch near Geneva, Switzerland. - By Clément Bucco-Lechat - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Hot air ballooning is a less intense sport for those who want to sit back and enjoy the show.  Hundreds of feet in the air, one can sip drinks and marvel at the beautiful landscape as it passes by beneath you.

10 best places in the world to go hot air ballooning according to Frommer’s:

  • Loire Valley, France
  • Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  • Napa Valley, California
  • Lake Champlain, Vermont
  • Cappadocia, Turkey
  • Istria, Croatia
  • Gstaad, Switzerland
  • Yarra Valley, Australia
  • Muelle, San Carlos, Costa Rica
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico

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  • Natural Surf Lodge, Seignosse, France Surfing for beginners -
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  • World Surfaries -
  • Blue Surf Advenures -
  • World Surf League -
  • Wave House Surf School and Camp - 
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Surfer at Mavericks, one of the world's premier big wave surfing locations. (Surfer: Andrew Davis) -By Shalom Jacobovitz - SJ1_8558, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Downhill Mountain Biking. - By Steve Bennett - Taken by Steve Bennett, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.



People shark cage diving, the biggest form of shark tourism - By kalanz from Honolulu, Hawaii - Sharks outside cage, CC BY-SA 2.0,


Body boarding is one of the fastest growing extreme sports around.  It is a type of wave surfing, but rather than using a surfboard, one uses a rectangular shaped piece of foam.  Originating in Hawaii with the islanders, body boarding allows a person to lie on their stomach rather than having to stand up and ride the waves in.  Big wave body boarding is a step beyond and once again pushes the limits.

15 best places in the world to body wave body board according to Surfer Today:

  • England - Porthtowan,
  • Portugal - Nazare, Peniche,
  • Spain - Mundaka
  • France - La Graviere,
  • Africa - Durban's North Beach
  • Australia – Duranbah, South Stradbroke Island, Port Macquarie
  • USA – Hawaii Sandy Beach, Newport Beach, CA, Lido Beach, New York
  • Mexico - Pasquales
  • Brazil – Itacoatiara

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Freestyle scootering -  At The Edge @ Allen Station Park - By Tarter Time Photography -, CC BY-SA 2.0, 


Heli-boarding is for the more advanced snow-boarding enthusiast.  Take to the skies in a helicopter, find the most pristine snow top around, and then board to the bottom.  The challenges for the boarder are to avoid cliffs, trees, rocks and creating avalanches.  But if you are up to it, it is a heart-pounding thrill a minute ride! 

Heli-skiing is exactly like Heli-boarding, except using skis.  If you are tired of the regular courses and hills, this is a challenge for the ultra advanced. 

10 of the best places in the world to heli-ski according to CNN:

  • Alaska -- Chugach Range
  • Alaska – Tordrillo
  • British Columbia -- Bella Coola
  • British Columbia – Revelstoke
  • British Columbia – Mica
  • Switzerland – Zermatt
  • Japan – Hokkaido
  • New Zealand -- Southern Alps
  • India -- Himachal Pradesh
  • Russia – Kamchatka

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Ski jumping is one of the oldest winter Olympic sports and involves skiing down a sleep hill and jumping off the end to see how far one can go.  If you wish to see how it feels to fly through the air without the use of any help kite or parachute, this is the way to do it. 

7 best places in the world to ski jump according to Radio Times

  • Oberstdorf, Germany
  • Engelberg, Switzerland
  • The Felix Gottwald Ski Jump Stadium, Austria
  • Pine Mountain Ski Jump, Michigan
  • Einsiedeln, Switzerland
  • Mount Okura Ski Jump Stadium, Japan
  • Chamonix, French Alps

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A man inline skating at Vondelpark in Amsterdam. - By © Jorge Royan /, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Players on a jai alai court. - By Jesus Abizanda from Barbastro, Huesca, Spain - Jai Alai - Saque, CC BY 2.0,


Remember watching Rocky and Bullwinkle when you were young?  To me this experience is somewhat akin to being a human flying squirrel, thus its nickname flying squirrel suit, bat suit and winged birdman suit.  The winged suit design allows one to jump out of a plane and creates lift that allows a person to glide through the heavens until the specialized parachute is deployed.

8 best places in the world to go wingsuit sky diving according to Xtreme Spots:

  • Seville, Spain
  • Oberhausen, Germany
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Girona, Spain
  • Toledo, Spain (2)
  • Brussels, Belgium

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Adventure racing is a multi-disciplinary team sport in which wilderness is traversed.  The race can run from 2 hours to 2 weeks and can include abseiling, trekking, mountain biking, white water rafting, skiing, climbing and horseback riding.  Teams can range from 2 to 5 members, but the average is 4.  So if one sport is not enough to fill your adventure needs and you are a competitor, this may just fit!


Surfing is a general term; big wave surfing is the extreme version.  But for most of us who do not know how to even stand on a board, this can be adventure enough.  Surfing was born in the Polynesian Island and involves standing and balancing on a long board while riding the crest of a wave.    I will be in Hawaii in just 5 weeks, September 26 through October 10.  If I even learn to stand on one at the edge of the ocean at 61 years of age, I will be happy!

10 best places in the world to go surfing according to The Climb:

  • Pipeline, Oahu, hawaii
  • GOLD COAST, australia
  • ZUMA BEACH, MALIBU, california

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Once again this sport originated with surfing.  It is a sport that uses a finless board that is smaller and skims along the surface of the ocean near the shore.  This sport begins at the beach and catches the remaining wash of the previous wave, then catches the last of the wave as it comes in to shore.

10 best places in the world to skimboard according to Tripping:

  • Madaket Beach, Massachusetts
  • Ogunquit Beach, Maine
  • Chapel Beach, Michigan
  • Kiwah Island, South Carolina
  • Twin Lakes State Beach, California
  • Emerald Isle, North Carolina
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida
  • Dewey Beach, Delaware
  • Skaket Beach, Massachusetts
  • Laguna Beach, California

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I wasn’t even aware that this was available until just this past summer when researching attractions in Sydney, Australia.  I-Fly is one of the places one can go to find out what it is like to skydive without actually jumping out of a plane.  So if you are like me and heights give you the heebie-jeebies, this may be just what you are looking for!


In Wisconsin, the snowmobile and ski trails are bustling with people enjoying the sport on a clear, sunny day.  I have only done this once in my life when I was young.  Zipping through the woods and forest in the afternoon leaves your cheeks nipped by cold and your heart pumping from the sights around.  Afterwards the best thing to do is to stop at a lodge and relax with a nice hot drink!

10 best places in the world to snowmobile according to Seattle’s Travels

  • Northern Iceland
  • Swan Mountains, Montana
  • Finnish Lapland
  • Rocky Mountains, BC
  • The Swiss Alps
  • Hokkaido, Japan
  • Siberian Russia
  • Patagonia , Argentina
  • New Zealand
  • Norway

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Snowboarder in Tannheim, Tyrol, Austria - By Sören from Germany - turboed, CC BY 2.0,


White water kayaking is just like white water rafting except a kayak is used instead of a raft and the kayak is paddled.  There are five subcategories of whitewater kayaking.  Riverruning or the artful form of kayaking, Creeking involves very difficult and technical rapids, Slalom, or the technical competitive type of kayaking, Playboating or Freestyle is a gymnastic type of kayaking, and the last, Squirt boating in which the boat is custom made to allow the paddler to perform certain moves.

10 best places in the world to go whitewater rafting according to National Geographic:

  • Alsek and Tatshenshini Rivers, Alaska/Canada
  • Magpie River, Canada
  • Middle Fork, Salmon River, Idaho
  • Río Upano, Ecuador
  • Futaleufú River, Chile
  • North Johnstone River, Australia
  • Sun Kosi River, Nepal
  • Çoruh River, Turkey
  • Noce River, Italy
  • Zambezi River, Zimbabwe/Zambia

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Surfers enjoy this heart-pumping, thrill a minute sport.  Riding a wave in to shore on one of the big waves around the world is the dream of any surfer.  In this type of surfing, the surfer paddles out to where the waves begin in the ocean, then stands up on a long board and rides the wave in to shore if he or she can. 

9 best places in the world to big wave surf according to

  • Waimea Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
  • Jaws, Maui, Hawaii
  • Mavericks, Half Moon Bay, California
  • Ghost Trees, Monterey Peninsula, California
  • Mullaghmore Head, Ireland
  • Teahupoo, Tahiti
  • Shipsterns Bluff, Tasmania
  • Punta de Lobos, Chile
  • Todos Santos Island, Baja California, Mexico​

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I have loved both roller skating and ice skating since I was little. (I was actually a member of the National Figure Skating Association for 3 years in my twenties.)  Because inline skating is a combination of both, it has been a dream of mine to try it one day. 

Inline skating affords the skater faster speeds than roller skating because of its design.  There are several disciplines of this type of skating as well.  These include vert skating, aggressive inline, freestyle skating, hockey, speed skating, roller soccer and off-road skating, all challenging in themselves.  So if you like ice skating but don’t want to wait for an ice rink to open, this sport is for you.


The Christmas tree counting down at SIR, outside Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Note the blinder, to prevent the driver from being distracted by the lights for the other lane. -  By Trekphiler - Own work, CC BY 3.0,

Photo from Agios Georgios, Santorini... - By Klearchos Kapoutsis from Santorini, Greece - ParascendUploaded by Yarl, CC BY 2.0,


Parasailing is the sport that finds one sailing through the air while a boat pulls you behind it.  The sportsman must have a love of flying, heights and the beauty of nature to truly enjoy this activity. 

10 of the best places in the world to go parasailing according to Thrillspire:

  • Miami, Florida, USA
  • Key West, Florida, USA
  • Copacabana, Brazil
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Goa, India
  • Sydney Harbor, Australia
  • Kerala, South India
  • Great Lakes, USA
  • Hawaii, USA
  • Phuket, Thailand

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Tree Tent set up with a hammock - By Best Gear Designs - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Lead climbing in the Canadian Rockies at frozen waterfall - By brunolebivic -, CC BY-SA 2.0 fr,


You might think that hiking on a glacier is much like hiking on a huge, slippery ice cube, but it really involves specialized equipment such as helmets, ice axes, crampons, suspender belts and other tools.  If one is serious about trekking over a glacier, make certain you take a guide and the proper tools with you so that you can do it safely. 



This is a sport for the skilled scuba enthusiast.  Decending into a hole in the earth under the sea to explore a cave system is the next step for those who have the knowledge and the skill of first feeling comfortable with the open ocean.  Once able to dive into a cave system all sorts of amazing beauty awaits!

Seven best places in the world to go cave diving according to Scuba Diving:

  • Mount Gambier, South Australia
  • Blue Lake City, South Australia
  • Orda Cave, Russia
  • Merritt's Mill Pond, Florida
  • Emergence Du Ressel, France
  • Tulum Cenotes, Mexico
  • Alghero, Sardinia

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TheJulian Bui still performing the Grand Master flash kick. - By Reeefo - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,


Skateboarding enthusiasts can be found all around the world and have been around for a while now ever since our grandparents tied roller skates onto boards and boxes.  Today skateboards afford something for everyone, from just cruising down the street and enjoying skateboard parks to performing tricks and spinning through the air.

10 best places in the world to skateboard

  • Barcelona
  • Berlin
  • Los Angeles
  • Guangzhou
  • San Francisco
  • Brasilia
  • Melbourne
  • Copenhagen
  • Moscow
  • Mar del Plata 

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This sport is played on a court in a room or fronton, but in this sport, the ball reaches speeds sometimes of over 200 mph.  The game can either be played with singles or doubles and uses a basket or cesta to serve the ball.


USA-1 in heat 3 of 4 man bobsleigh at 2010 Winter Olympics 2010-02-27 - By Tim Hipps -, Public Domain,


Personal watercraft or jet skis are one way to zip around across the surface of the water without a boat.  Jet skis can typically carry one or two people in the same configuration that a motorcycle does.  But just like driving a motorcycle it takes a while to get used to driving and turning, so it is best to be careful at first.

5 of the best places in the world to go jet skiing according to Fantastic Man Magazine:

  • Gold Coast, Australia
  • Denarau Island, Fiji
  • Miami, USA
  • Naples, Italy
  • The Bay of Islands, New Zealand

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Climber taking the final few steps onto the 6,160 m (20,210 ft)[1] summit of Imja Tse (Island Peak) in Nepal,

2004 - By Mountaineer - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://

 Downhill skiing and waterskiing have always been done in my own backyard and although my experiences with these haven’t included trips, many are from other areas and do not have the easy access to them that we do.  Wisconsin and Minnesota are known for their cold, crisp winters, soft winter snow and beautiful clear lakes. Wisconsin’s Door County is a place where people come from all corners of the globe to see the beautiful shoreline, spend the weekends in the camping and participate in outdoor sports.

Body surfing in California would have been enough in itself, but bodysurfing at the famous Laguna Beach was beyond anything I could ask for at the age of 25.  However, it would have been better if I had done some research on how to body surf before doing it as I and the other took a digger in the end and wound up with about a cup of sand in my suit and a very strained back… Lesson learned.





A longboard is a variation on a skateboard, but generally longer.  It originated from surfing when surfers wished to bring their sport to land.  Longboards are mostly used for downhill racing and travel, but can be used in tricks as well.  When racing downhill, the longboard can reach speads of up to 50 miles per hour.

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Canyoning in Sundarijal, Kathmandu, Nepal - By Krish Dulal - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Adult male Mountain gorilla - By d_proffer -, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.

Skysurfer on a simulator - By Skydiving in Central London!!.jpg: Steve Cadmanderivative work: Waldir talk - Skydiving in Central London!!.jpg, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.

Kneeboarder - By Eljohnson15 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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10 best places in the world to go wakeboarding according to Mpora:


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I remember watching the beginnings of bungee jumping on National Geographic when I was young.   The natives would jump from high platforms in a ritualistic ceremony on the islands of Vanuatu, a short distance from New Caledonia.  These land divers would tie a cord to their ankles, and after jumping headfirst, just miss the ground.

Now that the sport has taken off, one can find bungee jumping around the world.  But one of the best spots is still the land of the Ni-Vanuatu in the area of Oceania.

Slacklining - By Steffen A. Frost - originally on WP:en as File:Cambridgeslackerssaf40.jpg, GFDL,




Whichever way you can get to the top of a ungroomed, snow covered mountain and ride the virgin powder to the bottom, that’s what is involved in big mountain skiing and snowboarding.  This adrenaline filled sport takes skiing and snowboarding and pushes these sports to a new level.  In the big mountain version, trees, cliffs and avalanches become part of the terrain to avoid or stay one step ahead of, making for a heart pounding adventure thrill ride.

Petter Solberg driving on gravel at the 2006 Cyprus Rally, a World Rally Championship event - By Leonid Mamchenkov (

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Although this is still a pricey adventure, it is heaps less than space travel. Zero gravity flight occurs when a jet defies the laws of gravity when it plunges through space allowing its passengers to float for a short period of time.  Truly once in a lifetime adventure.

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Bossaball is a very new team sport that originated in Spain and involves elements of volleyball, football, gymnastics, and uses a trampoline.  It is played on an inflated mat and incorporates music, sport and positive vibrations into a game.  In the 12 years since being introduced it has become popular in the Western European, Middle Eastern and some South American Countries. Other than the one site below, I was not able to find any companies specializing in these tours.  Although it is catching on in many countries, one may have to wait a few years for the travel companies to catch on!

Tour Companies:

  • Bossaball -

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Tour Companies:

  • All Trip Jackson Hole Wyoming -
  • Bon Voyage Snow Adventures -
  • Swan Mountain Snowmobiling -
  • Queenstown Snowmobiles -

10 best places in the world to go bungee jumping according to The Guardian

  • Kawarau Bridge, Queenstown, New Zealand
  • The Nevis, Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Victoria Falls Bridge, border of Zimbabwe and Zambia
  • Bloukrans Bridge, Tsitsikamma, South Africa
  • Macau Tower, Macau, China
  • The Last Resort, Tatopani, Nepal
  • Niouc Bridge, Val d'Anniviers, Switzerland
  • Extremo Park, Monteverde, Costa Rica
  • Europabrücke, Innsbruck, Austria

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Tour Companies:

  • Travel Quest -
  • Wilderness Tours Adventure Resort
  • Tourbite -
  • Africa Tour Operators -
  • Downhill Adventures -
  • Desafio Adventure Company -
  • Tropical Bungee -
  • Viator -
  • Royal Gorge Games -
  • Macau Tower -
  • Trekking -
  • Face Adrenalin -
  • Rupert Hirner Bungee Jumping -
  • Bungee Expeditions -
  • Bungee New Zealand -
  • AJ Hackett - Bungee New Zealand -

Tour Companies:

  • Maui Zipline -
  • Denver Adventures -
  • Alaska Zipline Adventures -
  • Adventure Maui -
  • Anywhere -
  • Viator =
  • Rio Adventures -
  • Pousada Alma de Pendra -
  • Paraty Sport Aventura -
  • Trip Advisor -

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This is another multidisciplinary sport in which the sportsman moves down a canyon using various techniques such as walking, climbing, swimming, jumping and abseiling.  The gear that one uses in this sport varies as to what barriers the sportsman has to traverse.  Although this sport is done in America, it is very popular in France, Germany, Norway, Ecuador, and Columbia.  One of the greatest things about this sport is that if it is done in a pristine wilderness, the scenery will seldom disappoint.

10 best places in the world to go canyoneering according to TSM Interactive:

  • Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
  • Agawa Canyon, Canada
  • Zion National Park, Utah
  • Antelope Canyon, Arizona
  • Blue Mountains, Australia
  • Verdon Gorge, France
  • Suze Valley, Italy
  • Copper Canyon, Mexico
  • Sierra de Guara, Spain
  • Cape Town, South Africa

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Flying a jet is the most exhilarating experience in air flight today and one of the best places to see jets and any other flying aircraft is in Oshkosh, Wisconsin during July at the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Convention.   Though this type of flying is pricey, the rush and excitement can be well worth the extra cost.  I remember when I was young living on a landing path to a local airport, we often heard the crash of a jet breaking the sound barrier.  Though this is no longer legal, riding in a jet and being able to share in this thrill still leaves us in awe.  

Tour Companies:

  • Caving Adventures -
  • Rumors Resort -
  • The Clymb -
  • Lost World Caverns -
  • Zion Adventures -
  • Kensington Tours -,40472168336,kwd-24012801227&gclid=CMuqiaiI5NUCFZu1wAodDKoG4g
  • Wanderlust Tiurs
  • Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch -
  • Oxalis -
  • Aventuras -
  • Black Water Rafting Company -


Tour Companies:

  • Trip Advisor  -
  • Downhill Adventures -
  • Extreme Iceland -
  • Adventure Nation The Outdoor Tribe -
  • Vail Valley Paragliding -
  • Super Fly Paragliding -
  • Fly Bali -
  • Rio Adventures -
  • Adventure Paraglinding -
  • Viator -
  • True Adventure -
  • Happy World -
  • XC -




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Snowkiters use large kites to travel across snow and jump in the air. - By Fearingly at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Sandboarding is akin to snowboarding, only using sand as a base.  Generally this is done on a sand dune with a waxed board strapped to the feet.  It is not as popular as snowboarding because snowboarders have a ski lift.  There is no way to build a lift on a sand dune.  But if you love the sun and hotter climates, go for it and try sandboarding.


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David "Dubb" Hubbard charging a large wave at Waimea Shorebreak - By Evan Fa - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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FIS Ski Weltcup Titisee-Neustadt 2016: Peter Prevc - By Taxiarchos228 - Own work, FAL,

Rafting on the Arkansas River, Colorado, USA - By Redmarkviolinist (talk) (Uploads) - Own work, GFDL,

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This sport is not too different from kite surfing, except that it uses skis in the wintertime.  One just has to find an area such as a frozen lake or bay, slip on your skis, deploy your kite and let the wind do the rest.

10 best places in the world to kite ski or snow kite according to Tripping:

  • Big Hole Valley, Montana
  • Camas Valley, Idaho
  • Great Meadow – Klamath Falls, Oregon
  • Lake Dillon, Colorado
  • 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Skyline Drive – Fairview, Utah
  • Simplon Pass – Simplon, Switzerland
  • Langjokull Glacier, Iceland
  • Banff – Alberta, Canada

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Also called land or road luge, this sport relies heavily on gravity and is done on a street luge board.  Street luge is done on a paved surface and only the rider’s weight to steer and feet to stop.  Even though people can reach speeds from 70 to over 100 mph, you will still find enthusiasts itching for their next ride.



If you like climbing ice formations such as waterfalls, then this sport is for you.  You will need ice axes and other special equipment to help you climb.  Ice climbing is very big in Canada… Go figure!

8 best places in the world to ice climb according to BD Destinations

  • Valdez, Alaska (Valdez-Cordova) USA
  • Yosemite, California (Yosemite National Park) USA
  • Mammoth Lakes, California USA
  • Keene, New York (The Adirondack Wilderness) USA
  • Rjukan, Norway
  • Ouray, Colorado, USA
  • Kandersteg, Switzerland
  • Helmcken Falls Spray Cave, BC, Canada

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Tour Companies:

  • Rock Busters -
  • Zion Rock & Mountain Guides -
  • Blue Lizard Climbing and Yoga -
  • Mountain Spirit Guides -
  • Rock & Sun -
  • Mountain Project -
  • Front Range Climbing Company -
  • Colorado Climbing Company -
  • The Guardian -


Also called freerunning.


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I have often said that in order to get me to skydive, one would have to knock me out and strap me to a tandem diver.  But some love the rush of jumping out of a plane and free diving until their tandem diver pulls their ripcord and they  both float to the ground.  One of my closest friends did this with her son for her 50th birthday.  Kudos to them for their zest for life!

10 best places in the world to skydive according to

  • Taupo, New Zealand
  • Dubai
  • Moab, Utah
  • Everest, Nepal
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Kamchatka, Russia
  • Plettenbergay, South Africa
  • Byron Bay, Australia
  • Bled, Slovenia
  • Namibia, Africa

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10 top ski resorts to mountain ski or snowboard according to Snow Magazine:

  • Revelstoke, Canada
  • Meribel, France
  • Riksgransen, Sweden
  • Alyeska, Alaska, USA
  • Zermatt, Switzerland
  • St Anton, Austria
  • Telluride, Colorado, USA
  • Whistler, Canada
  • Murren, Switzerland
  • Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

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Tour Companies:

  • Ski to the Mountains -
  • Kensington Tours -,34947171038,kwd-295463478399&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0ufJ367i1QIVVLnACh0RdA9kEAMYAiAAEgIYjvD_BwE
  • Powder Hounds -
  • Snow Pak -
  • Mountain Tracks - -
  • Morningstar Ski Tours -
  • The Clymb -
  • Boom Holiday -
  • Cosley & Houston -
  • Tourradar -


Scuba diving, for me at least, is one of the best adventures on the planet.  Although I cannot participate myself, snorkeling allows me to see some of what the fuss is all about.  Diving below the surface to see the corals and fishes up close and personal will always fascinate me as there are always so many different sea creatures and landscape to experience.  This should be on everyone’s bucket list if it’s possible.


Tour Companies:

  • Book Surf Camps
  • Brett /Robinson Vacations -
  • Expedia -
  • Visit Laguna Beach -
  • Skimboarding in Costa Rica -
  • Plantana -
  • Tripping -
  • Skim Hawaii -

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  Skier carving a turn on the Grande Motte, Tignes, Savoie, France - By Me - Méribel, France, CC BY 2.5,

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BMX BIKING - Vert, Street, Dirt, Freestyle (Flatland)

BMX biking involves the following discipline of Vert (Park), Street, Dirt, Freestyle (Flatland) as well as street.   These extreme versions include tricks, balancing, specialized bikes and racing. You can find BMX bike racing worldwide.

10 best places in the world to go BMX Biking according to Redbull

  • Austin, Texas, USA
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Paris, France
  • Washington DC, USA
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Seville, Spain
  • New York City, USA
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Athens, Greece
  • Berlin, Germany

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This was just becoming popular when I first got into teaching in the late 1980’s.  I remember the 8th grade students and one brave teacher trying it on Dead Man’s Hill on our Winter Retreat together.  The aim is to get on a specialized snowboard and ride it down a hill without falling.  When one is good enough, bigger hills and mountains provide more challenge.  Below, you will find some of the best places to snowboard across the globe.

Top places to snowboard around the world according to The Guardian:

  • Tignes, France
  • Lake Tahoe, United States
  • St Anton, Austria
  • Verbier, Switzerland
  • Saas Fee, Switzerland
  • Banff, Canada
  • Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Ruka, Finland
  • Risoul, France
  • Les Arcs, France

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Tour Companies:

  • Crystal ski holidays -
  • CASA Tours -
  • Cascada Expediciones -
  • Nonstop -
  • Tourradar  -

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Have you ever watched River Monsters with Jeremy Wade?  It is a wildlife documentary in which the extreme angler/biologist searches the word for the most dangerous freshwater fish, then catches and releases them back into the waters they were first found.  Everyone knows how dangerous Piranhas can be, so those who are considering this adventure must be alert.

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  • Traveling Ted Outdoor Adventure Travel
  • Adventures for the Sole p
  • Amazon Angler –
  • Rainforest Cruises -
  • Amazon Extreme Fishing -
  • Fishing Booker -
  • Destination Go -



Everyone has dreamt of living in a tree house, or at least sleeping in one.  This vacation offers the vacationer the chance to do just this: to live out their dream.



B.A.S.E. is an acronym that stands for Building, Antenna, Span and Earth; the four categories of object that a base jumper can jump from.  This is extreme sport uses a wing suit or parachute to allow the jump just as in skydiving.

10 of the best places in the world to base-jump according to Places to See in Your Lifetime:

  • Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
  • Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
  • The Troll Wall, Norway
  • Navagio Beach, Zakynthos Island, Greece
  • Kjerag, Norway
  • Yosemite National Park, California, USA
  • Perrine Bridge, Idaho, USA
  • The Dolomites, Italy
  • Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE
  • Angel Falls, Venezuela

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Tour Companies:

  • Travel Quest -
  • Adventure Travel -
  • Trip Advisor -
  • Tandem Base -
  • Sky Drifters -
  • Base Jump -
  • Over the Edge Productions -
  • KL Tower International Jump-

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Tour Companies:

  • Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride Company Albuquerque, NM, Phoenix, AZ and Colorado Springs, CO -
  • E Balloon
  • Red Rock Balloons :: Sedona, AZ
  • Hot Air Expeditions, Phoenix, AZ
  • Grand Canyon Tour Company -
  • Northern Light Balloon Expeditions
  • Top 50 balloon web sites includes Friendship Hot Air Balloon Co.


One of the things on my bucket list is to go down to Mexico and watch the cliff divers in Acapulco.  These divers are special.  We are not talking about the five or ten foot dives your local pool has, but the high dives like in the Olympics or higher.  These divers have been diving probably since they were very small and have built up their strength, skill and knowledge of the sport as they have matured.  But if you are tired of your normal diving routine and need a new venue and adrenaline boost, give cliff diving a try.

12 best places in the world to go cliff diving according to USA Today:

  • La Quebrada Cliffs—Acapulco, Mexico
  • Red Rocks Park—South Burlington, Vermont
  • Rick's Cafe—Negril, Jamaica
  • Kamari Beach—Santorini, Greece
  • Buža Cafes—Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Ord River—Kimberley, West Australia, Australia
  • Brontallo—Switzerland
  • Kahekili's Leap—Kaunolu, Lanai, Hawaii
  • Rishikesh, India
  • Serpent's Lair—Inis Mór, Ireland
  • Tar Creek Falls—Los Padres National Forest, California
  • Horseshoe Lake—Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

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USA-1 in heat 3 of 4 man bobsleigh at 2010 Winter Olympics 2010-02-27 - By Tim Hipps -, Public Domain,

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Not many people will have the opportunity to try this adventure, unless you are very, very wealthy.  Space travel can cost the passenger anywhere between 200,000 and 25 million dollars.  But to see the heavens and the earth from the heavens is definitely a life-changing adventure!

There are actually a few to choose from, which you can find below:

  • Space Adventures (, 
  • Virgin Galactic (
  • Incredible Adventures (
  • Golden Spike Company -

Possible Future Space Travel Companies:

  • Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX)  
  • Blue Origin
  • Bigelow Aerospace 
  • SpaceDev/Sierra Nevada Corp.


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Hovercrafts may seem like they are taken from the future, or at least off the set of Back to the Future.  Also known as an air cushion vehicle or an ACV, this sport vehicle makes use of a cushion of air beneath the craft.  One may glide over a variety of surfaces; mud, ice, water and feel like you are defying gravity.


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