15 holiday destinations for the daredevil in you

From BASE jumping to swimming with crocodiles, this is the ultimate holiday list for thrill seekers. 

Meryl D'Souza July 13, 2016

The summer holiday, a moment to relax at any number of exotic locations around the world.

Or, you could opt for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday where you actually do something instead of simply kicking back and watching the days go by.

Here are the best adventure travel experiences on the planet. 

Bungee jump from the Kawarau Bridge in New Zealand

At 43 metres high, this isn’t the highest peak in the world to bungee jump off. But what it lacks in height, it makes up for in history. The Kawarau Bridge is the site that started the bungee jumping obsession.

Chill with Crocodiles in Australia

Ever dreamt of being trapped in a nine-foot high acrylic container that is submerged underwater with a 5.5 metre crocodile thrashing around? Neither did we, but someone did, and they will let you do it at the Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin City.

Climb Mount Hua Shan in China

How much do you love Chinese tea? Would you climb a 7,087-foot, death-defying cliff-side mountain with the help of wooden planks held together with nails so that you can get to the teahouse that’s at the top?

Skywalk around Tianmen Mountain in China

If you’re the type who prefers railings when you’re scaling a 4,000-foot mountain, you could opt to walk around Tianmen Mountain. The only catch here is the glass bottom that gives you a pristine view of what lies below. 

Eat deep-fried spiders in China

If you’re the type of foodie who taunts people who prefer to stick to the regular items on a menu, don’t miss out on the street food in Yangzhou. Dig into decadent deep-fried spiders and skewered flying lizards.

Knock on Hell’s Door in Turkmenistan

If you’re a sinner (who’re we kidding of course you are), you could travel to Derweze in Turkmenistan to see what’s in store for you in the afterlife. Sure, it’s the natural gas field that’s been burning continuously ever since Soviet petroleum engineers lighted it in 1971, but it’s as close to hell as you’ll get.

Dive into the Devil’s Pool in Zambia

A rock wall called “The Devil’s Throne” at the edge of the Victoria Falls is all that separates you from a 355-foot drop. Over 1000 million litres of water cascade from the top, causing a deafening explosion of spray that can be seen about 50 kilometres away. No wonder they call it the Mosi-oa-Tunya, (The Smoke that Thunders).

Walk with the wild in Zimbabwe

When your relatives talk about how they risked their lives and went into a jungle with nothing but a jeep between them and the animals that prowl, tell them how cute their story is. At Hwange, you walk through the national park filled with lions, elephants, rhinos and cheetahs.

Become a vampire in Trinidad

Located on the northern slope of Mount Tamana in Trinidad is the Tamana cave filled with about three million bats ranging from insectivorous and frugiverous (fruit-eating) bats to the rare blood-eating (vampire) bats. Spoiler alert: you do not turn into a vampire – not that we tried.

Cross the Trift Bridge in the Swiss Alps

Hanging 328-feet above the Trift Glacier is the 557-foot long Trift Bridge. The longest pedestrian-only suspension bridge takes about two hours to cross. Longer, if you stop to pray while it sways and shakes.

Live on the edge in Norway

At 2,300 feet above the surface of Lake Ringedalsvatnet, the piece of rock jutting out of the mountain known as the Trolltunga is a stellar place to pop the question. That is, if you’re sure you’re not going to drop that ring you spent a fortune on in a bout of nervousness.

BASE jump at the Kjerag Mountain in Norway

If you feel jumping off a plane with a parachute on is too safe, grab a wingsuit and take the plunge off the Kjerag Mountain. The only rule to keep in mind? Avoid slamming yourself into the surrounding landscape at extremely high speeds.

Go volcano boarding in Nicaragua

It’s essentially surfboarding at 80 km/hr on the slopes of the Cerro Negro – an active volcano. Cheers!

Fly a jet without a license in the United States of America

A company called MiGFlug is letting you live out your Top Gun fantasies without an official license in Florida, Texas, and California. Should you lose control, the accompanying instructor will take over.

Train like a Navy SEAL in the United States of America

Think you can become one of the most elite operatives in the US? This is your chance to try. The Extreme SEAL Experience hosts week-long training camps in Chesapeake, Virginia. Just so you know, SEALs refer to their traditional training protocol as “Hell Week”.